Robert McLaughlin, 81

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 8:30am

Robert J. McLaughlin, 81, of Needham, Mass., and Block Island, R.I., died peacefully on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 on Block Island. Beloved son of the late George F. and Mary A. McLaughlin of West Roxbury. Married to Eleanor (Sullivan) McLaughlin for 51 years. 

Devoted father of C. Daniel McLaughlin II and his wife Kristen Kiley of East Greenwich, R.I. and Mark A. McLaughlin of Block Island, R.I.; grandfather of Katherine McLaughlin; brother of Mary A. Walsh and her late husband John of Braintree; Richard McLaughlin and his wife Marianne of West Roxbury; the late George F. McLaughlin and his surviving wife Mary of Sudbury; and the late Paul C. McLaughlin. 

Bob was a graduate of Roxbury Latin School class of 1953 and Harvard College class of 1957. Member of the Harvard Varsity Club. For three years, he was the Varsity coxswain on the Harvard Heavyweight Crew. Throughout his life he was involved in Harvard crew, serving for many years as a member of the Harvard Yale Regatta Committee, and eventually as Chairman of that Committee. He also served in the U.S. Army. 

Visiting hours at the George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home, 1305 Highland Ave., Needham, Monday, are on Monday, Oct. 3 from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral Mass at St. Bartholomew Church, Needham, Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends kindly invited. Interment will be private. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, Oct. 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Winfield's Restaurant, Block Island. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy may be made in Bob’s memory to the Block Island Medical Center or the The Block Island Volunteer Rescue Squad or to a charity of your choice. Online guestbook at