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Thomas Calvin McLaughlin, 82, of Lansdale, died on Friday, March 10, 2017, after a brief illness. He was the devoted husband of Mary (Frantz) McLaughlin, his wife of 55 years.

Born Sept. 16, 1934, in Pittsburgh, he was a son of the late Harry and Freeda (Steffey) McLaughlin.

He grew up in Lower Burrell, with his twin brother, James, and among a larger extended family. An engineer at heart from a young age, he graduated from Arnold High School and went on to complete a dual 3:2 degree in mathematics from West Virginia Wesleyan University in Buckhannon and a degree in electrical engineering from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, where he met his wife.

Mr. McLaughlin spent his entire professional career as a systems engineer with the former Leeds & Northrup in North Wales, retiring in 1994. He was a dedicated member of Lansdale United Methodist Church for more than 50 years. There he served as a trustee and as a member of many boards and loyally served as church treasurer for 35 years. Known for his generous spirit and his signature bow ties, he has left a legacy at the church and among his family and friends that will always be remembered.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Jay T. McLaughlin and his wife Mary Claire, of Wilmington, Del., and Carol M. Kennedy and her husband Eric, of Lewisburg; three beloved grandchildren, Megan McLaughlin, Elizabeth "Ellie" Kennedy and Calvin Kennedy; his brother, James R. McLaughlin, of Roanoke, Va.; and nephews, Jimmy and John McLaughlin, also of Roanoke.

Relatives and friends may call at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at Lansdale United Methodist Church, 300 N. Broad St., Lansdale, followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m.

Burial will be private at a later date in Whitemarsh Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in Mr. McLaughlin's memory to Lansdale United Methodist Church.

Arrangements are by the Huff & Lakjer Funeral Home, Lansdale.
Published on March 16, 2017
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