Michael F. McLaughlin, Jr.

1992 ∼ 2020

Joe McLaughlin of Allentown PA wrote:

There are no words to adequately express how shocked and saddened we all are to hear this. May he Rest In Peace. Praying for Mike, Carolyn, Alyson and Garrett.

Caitlin McLaughlin-Raiger of Ave María, FL wrote:

I have thought about Michael and prayed for him and for you all every day since I heard of his sudden death. I remember his beautiful face and huge smile from when he was a child. God only knows why he was taken so early and I cannot imagine your grief. We send our love and prayers and hope to take just a little of the pain from you if we can. God Bless you all, Love, cousin Caity Michael and all the Raiger second cousins.

Liliane A. Haub of Munich Germany wrote:

Dear Paula, I am sending you and your family a big virtual hug. Know that I pray for you, Michael and all your family. Please accept my deepest condolences. Liliane Haub

Paul and Paula of Westwood, Mass wrote:

Mike, Carolyn, Alyson, and Garrett, Even in a family as big as ours, Michael will always stand out for his big heart and his winning smile. From Easter Egg hunts in Gramma’s back yard to tailgates at BC, he always stood out in the crowd. Our loss is heaven’s gain. Love, Paul and Paula

Erica Shom of Rockland, MA wrote:

Mike, Carolyn, Alyson and Garrett— you’ve been on mind and in my heart since the moment I found out the devastating news that Michael so suddenly passed away. He was such a kind, personable, smart and fun person and his smile and infectious personality always made a family gathering even more enjoyable. We will all miss him terribly and cherish the memories we made for decades growing up together. Sending you all my love, strength and prayers. “Only the good die young”

Molly Mclaughlin of South Boston, MA wrote:

I will always remember Mike for his contagious energy and positivity. May he Rest In Peace and watch over his loving parents and siblings. Love, Molly

Tricia, Dan, Anna, and Haley of East Lyme, CT wrote:

Dear Mike, Carolyn, Alyson, and Garrett, Words cannot express our sadness at the unimaginable loss of the beautiful boy and young man Michael was. When we picture him, he is always surrounded by family--on the beach in Falmouth, at B.C. tailgates, at holiday gatherings in Hudson, at the Maxfield Street kids' table, giggling with cousins. When we heard the devastating news, my mind flashed back to a long ago fall day when we took all our kids together to a harvest festival at the Apple Orchard, where Gramma presided over crafts and face painting Somewhere, I have a picture from that day of Anna and Michael standing together under a spreading tree, looking, with their big blue eyes, so very much alike... I remember them both scrunching up their bright little faces, while Carolyn and I slathered them with sunscreen. Mike and Carolyn, you have never forgotten that family comes first. Your love and care and attention created unbreakable bonds and unforgettable memories. We hope and pray for you and Alyson and Garrett that your memories will bring you less pain and more comfort in the days and years ahead. Please know that Michael is--and always will be--surrounded by loving family in our hearts. Tricia, Dan, Anna, and Haley

Brad Bero of Boston, MA wrote:

To the McLaughlin Family, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Mike had an infectious personality as he was a beloved teammate and friend. What made Fay so great was the people. Our class was a close knit community and Mike played a huge part in that. As I look back at the photos from 7th grade pool parties to the 150 Fay reunion, Mike was always front and center as you could count on him being there smiling and having a good time. From everyone in our class, we will all deeply miss him.

Mary Abu of Brighton, MA wrote:

I am truly sorry to hear of Michael’s passing. I wish your family the best right now. I remember there were maybe 10+ Michaels in his grade at Fay, including my brother Michael A. But Michael M was the sweetest and kindest kid. I am heartbroken to hear of this loss. I am sending all of my love your way. Stay safe and healthy, Mary Abu

Casey McLaughlin of South Boston wrote:

Mike, Carolyn, Alyson, and Garret - Words cannot even begin to describe how tragic this loss is. From knee hockey in the Hudson basement to hide and seek on Maxfield street to BC Tailgates on Shea, growing up with Mike was a blessing in my life. Mike's sense of humor, love for life, and his love for his friends and family are the things I will remember most.

Jack Miller of Newburyport, Ma. wrote:

There are no words anyone can say to express how heavy a loss of a child is. 43 years ago a good industry friend of mine suffered such a loss and I will always remember his words. We all will suffer great losses in our life’s, but none can compare to a loss of your child. His daughter was 4, but it made no difference the age he said. They are a part of your actual being. God Bless your Family! Rest In Peace Michael! God Bless you! Love forever and always

Laura McLaughlin of ANCHORAGE wrote:

Dear Carolyn, Mike, Garrett and Alyson, We have been praying for you all constantly. May Our Lady watch over you and comfort you all during this difficult time. God bless from, Laura and Sean McLaughlin

Lucia of Anchorage, Alaska wrote:

As a distant relative to Michael, I was never given the opportunity to get to know him. However, I do attend the same high school that he went to, Portsmouth Abbey school in Rhode Island. Many of the teachers at my school taught Michael or were attending Portsmouth Abbey while he was there also. All of the teachers that knew him told me about how sweet was. They also said he was a loved active member of the community, playing many sports, going to all the school dances, and saying hi to everyone in passing. His memory lives on at Portsmouth Abbey School and in all of the teacher’s hearts. So sorry for your loss. I will continue to pray for his soul and for those suffering from his absence.

Michael Abu of Seattle, WA wrote:

Mike “Michael M.” you were a great friend who always brought the smiles and laughter. I’ll always remember the afternoons playing baseball, the ski trip at the big Okemo house, bus rides, and goofing around in the Reading Room. Even as we grew older, at a distance I could see that you brought the same energy, independent attitude and sense of humor wherever life took you. I feel fortunate to have known you and will miss you very much. Rest easy, you are loved. Michael A.

Maureen, Art, Megan and Hannah of Arlington, VA wrote:

Dear Michael, Carolyn, Alyson and Garrett, We are so sad and heartbroken at Michael’s passing and have been thinking about him constantly over the past several weeks. His infectious smile is in all our memories and shines through in every picture we’ve looked at in recent days: whether on your back deck in Falmouth at one of the many family get-togethers, arms entwined with Garrett and Alyson; at the family reunion in Maine less than two years ago; in countless photos with the cousins at Maxfield Street or his school photo here on this site. May you keep Michael’s smile in your hearts and find solace in the memory of beautiful times you’ve shared together as a family and in all he contributed to the lives of others. May God hold you in the palm of His hand. With love, Maureen, Art, Megan and Hannah

Billy Claire of Marlborough MA wrote:

So sorry to hear of Michael's passing. He was a wonderful person and I am proud to have been his teacher for many years at Fay.

Deborah Smith of Southborough wrote:

To the whole McLaughlin family: I was completely shocked, of course, to read about Michael's passing, and I am sending all of you a big hug. I taught him in 7th gr. English at Fay years ago, and I can still remember his great sense of humor, kindness to all, and hard work. He was such a great kid, and while I did not see him much after Fay, I have no doubt he still had all those great qualities as an adult. I send my deepest sympathy to your whole family.

Alana Keefe of Walpole, MA wrote:

Dear Michael, Carolyn, Alyson and Garrett, We send you our deepest and most heartfelt condolences on the tragic and sudden loss of your son and brother. Even though I did not have the privilege of seeing Michael in recent years, I remember him well as a sweet and beautiful blue-eyed little boy. May he rest peacefully in Jesus’ arms and may God grant you comfort during this excruciatingly painful time. With love and prayers, Your cousin Alana and Peter Keefe

Cara of Weston, MA wrote:

Dear Carolyn and Michael, Alyson, Garrett and Family, Seeing Michael’s picture and reading the messages here, many of which mention Michael’s infectious smile, made me immediately think of Mother Theresa’s words about smiles. “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” These were gifts Michael gave in abundance. We send our love and deepest condolences and know that we have you all in our every thought and prayer during this difficult time. Sincerely, Cara and Tim Gavin

Maria Farrell McKinnon of Waltham, MA wrote:

Mike and Carolyn, I am so sorry for the loss of your son. You are in my prayers at this difficult time.

Shyla Shrinath and Shrinath Narahari of Boston MA wrote:

Dear Carolyn, Mike, Alyson and Garett, we are so very sorry to hear about Michael. Words are not adequate at this time so we are just sending you all our love and hugs. We pray that the sweet memories you all have of Michael and the love of family and friends sustains you through these incredibly difficult times. We will always remember Michael as the sweet young boy at Fay with a ready smile for everyone. ❤️❤️❤️

Dave & Beth McLaughlin of Arlington MA wrote:

Mike, Carolyn, Alyson & Garrett, We have been so heartbroken since hearing about Michael's passing. We just keep talking about how sweet he was. As a young boy and as a grown man. Always a ready smile, always a kind word. Always stopping at a gathering to spend time sitting with Grandma & Da, always taking time to talk to our boys as the younger kids. We'll miss him so much and he'll always always be in our hearts and in our prayers.

Stu Rosenwald of Southborough, MA wrote:

I vividly remember Mike’s Fay School career, particularly his ninth grade year when I was fortunate to be his advisor. I thoroughly enjoyed our daily meetings, and it was a pleasure to see Mike blossom during his final year at Fay. I loved conversing with Mike more recently when he would attend Fay alumni events. I am so sad about Mike’s passing, and so are the many Fay faculty members who remember Mike with great fondness. Our hearts and prayers go out to Mike’s parents, siblings, other family members, and friends. Mike will be greatly missed!

Tim McGuirk, PAS '11 of Boston, MA wrote:

On behalf of our Portsmouth Abbey School Class of 2011, I think I speak for everyone in expressing our condolences as well as saying what a great guy Mike was in our four years at the Abbey. A phenomenal athlete and natural leader, Mike's humor and generosity of spirit personally impacted me. During our VI Form (senior) year, I lived across the hall from him and developed a wonderful friendship that I cherish to this day. Our conversations revealed so much of what this thriving young man wanted to accomplish at Boston College and beyond. His memory will stay with me and I will pray for him and your family.

Karen and Jack Recco of So Natick, MA wrote:

Our deepest sorrow and condolences

Catherine Fairhurst of Guatemala City, Guatemala wrote:

This news breaks my heart. I am so terribly sorry or your loss. May you and your family see better days soon. Wisdom 4:7-15 But the righteous man, though he die early, will be at rest. For old age is not honored for length of time, nor measured by number of years; but understanding is gray hair for men, and a blameless life is ripe old age. There was one who pleased God and was loved by him, and while living among sinners he was taken up. He was caught up lest evil change his understanding or guile deceive his soul. For the fascination of wickedness obscures what is good, and roving desire perverts the innocent mind. Being perfected in a short time, he fulfilled long years; for his soul was pleasing to the Lord, therefore he took him quickly from the midst of wickedness. Yet the peoples saw and did not understand, nor take such a thing to heart, that God’s grace and mercy are with his elect, and he watches over his holy ones. all my love, Catherine (PAS ´11)

Derek Gittus of Portsmouth, RI wrote:

To the McLaughlin Family, I am so shocked and saddened to hear about Michael's death. I coached him in three sports at Portsmouth Abbey and I greatly enjoyed my time with him because of his wit, passion, and intelligence. I loved talking sports and really any subject with him. He will be greatly missed.

Ann Silve of Plainville, MA wrote:

My condolences on Michael’s passing. I have been thinking and praying for you all since I heard this very sad news. God bless.

Julie Fredericks of Marco Island , Fl wrote:

My deepest condolences to you and your family, I am saddened to hear about Michael. No one can find the words to take away your pain and heartache. I had the pleasure of meeting all of you and enjoyed watching Michael “Mike” play hockey with my sons at Portsmouth Abbey. Please know we are all thinking of you and may you find peace in knowing how many lives Michael has touched and can find strength in your family and extended family that surrounds you in this most difficult time

mary olsson of harwich ma 02645 wrote:

I will remember Michael’s kind smile. To you, Carolyn, Mike, Aly and Garrett, My prayers and deepest heartfelt sympathy. Mary Olsson

Ligia of London, UK wrote:

I’m saddened to hear of the passing of Mike. I send my sincerest condolences to the McLaughlin family. He will be truly missed by all of us from the PAS class of 2011.

Timothy Denihan of Manhasset, NY wrote:

I first met Mike our freshman year at Boston College. He lived down the hall from me in Fenwick Hall and we remained good friends through college. Mike was an incredibly funny and fun loving person, who on many occasions brought me to tears with laughter. Some of my favorite memories were with Mike and our friend group at BC. My condolences to the McLaughlin family, I will keep you and Mike in my prayers.

Pearce Minshall wrote:

Mike had an uncanny ability to put a smile on my face. From our early years at BC to our summer internships in Boston to spending time on the Cape, I'll never forget his contagious smile and the incredible kid he was. He was a true friend, and our time together will forever be cherished. We loved skating the ponds at Foster Street, drinking some ales at Mary Anns and supporting BC through and through. Until we meet again. Love, Pearce

Beth Pezzoni wrote:

Michael will be sorely missed. From Fay to BC, there was not a moment spent with Michael that didn't leave me laughing. He was a kind, joyful person whose energy was contagious and undeniable. I will forever be grateful to him for the friendship he gave to my brother Jon, a friendship that has now connected our families forever. Mr. and Mrs. McLaughlin, Alyson, and Garrett: I so wish I was able to give you my condolences in person. I have had you all in my thoughts constantly and I am sending you all of the love in the world. I look forward to seeing you all in person soon.

Jill Baumbach of Hopkinton, MA wrote:

Dear The McLaughlin Family, I cannot express the sadness I felt upon hearing the news of Michael’s passing and truly wish I could be at the services today. All of our hearts in the Baumbach family are heavy today. It’s hard to only pick one memory of Michael to share, but I hope this one will make you laugh- Between carpooling to Fay, being in class, and swimming together for a few years at Wayside, Mike and I spent a lot of time together from grades 1-3. I’ll never forget that during swim practices, we would tug on each other’s bathing suits to try to slow the other down in hopes of beating each other to the wall and winning. Mike always insisted that he was faster but I think we were pretty even! I will miss his infectious smile and laugh greatly. Love, Jill Baumbach

Jim Butler of East Bridgewater, Mass wrote:

Carolyn and Michael I am sorry for your loss. Losing a child is something that no parent should endure. Anne and I extend our prayers to you and your family.

Linda Whittaker of Cumberland wrote:

I am so sorry for your family's loss. I remember Michael and Garrett from their third grade years at Fay School. Always such honest, and compassionate boys. His loss is one many will remember.

Clare D. McLaughlin of West Roxbury, MA wrote:

Children are God's gift to parents and Grandchildren are God's BONUS gift to grandparents. Michael was indeed a bonus gift to us as his grandparents, and to everyone whose lives he touched. From the happy, smiling, active little boy he was to the mature, capable, compassionate adult he became, he brought smiles and love and joy into all of our lives. We love you, Michael and we will miss you terribly, but you are cherished in our hearts and memories forever. Rest in peace in the arms of the Lord. Love, Gramma and Da

Bill and Joanna Wishart wrote:

Dear Carolyn and Mike, Joanna and I were saddened and shocked to learn of Mike’s passing. I remember him in my Fay classroom spreading his infectious positivity as we discussed everything from the latest Pats win to catching blue fish and stripers. I also recall his knack for telling jokes and ribbing his buddies. Overshadowing everything was that beautiful, warm optimistic smile. He was a fine young man. Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family, Bill and Joanna Wishart

Steve Lowe of Newmarket, NH wrote:

Dear Mike and Carolyn, i just learned of Mike Jr's passing. My heart goes out to you and to all who knew and loved him.