John J. McLaughlin
John James McLaughlin, life-long Cranston resident, age 93, war veteran, husband, father, retired Providence School Educator and Administrator, passed peacefully at home with his son Jack, and family friend Linda. John was the son of the late Robert and Catheryn (McElvogue) McLaughlin of Edgewood, RI. He was married in 1942 and was the devoted husband to Giovina ” Joan” V. Iannone McLaughlin until her passing in Feb 2010. He is survived by his son Jack, his wife Susan, and their children James and Cara of West Kingston, RI. John was an avid PC Friars Fan, cheered for the Boston Red Sox, loved to scratch scratch tickets, and could most easily consume coffee ice cream as any meal, and was he was blessed with a great sense of humor. John’s original home stood next door to St Paul School and was eventually donated to be the first convent for the church. At some time later, it was taken down to make way for the construction of the new Scandinavian Home which still stands there today. Having originally lived next door to St Paul School and Church, John was baptized there in 1921 and also attended St Paul School ( K-8 ) as well. He graduated in 1937 and then attended LaSalle Academy where we he became the editor of the school’s French newspaper. After graduation, John then attended Providence College and in his first year lost his own father. He decided to take a leave and enlisted in the Navy to help do his part to serve his Country. John married and later returned to PC as an “older” Freshman student to complete his undergraduate degree. While working and like most with a wife and child, he continued on to RI College and obtained his M.Ed and Administrative designations. Until his retirement, John dedicated himself fully to his career as an educator-administrator for the Providence School Department. In the 60’s he was a pioneer, along with many parents, who fought to bring about major changes with what had been previously labeled as “ungraded” and is now know to be termed as “Special Education” to provide more nondiscriminatory services to those children in need. He concentrated on helping all children with any type of physical or special need to be able to obtain any support services for which they were entitled. John spent many of his summers facilitating summer camps , workshops, and reaching out to the children of Ladd School and helped with the initial concept to create and encourage the “RI Special Olympics” as well. I would like to personally thank Jeff DiMillio of @ Home Senior Care, Exeter RI and his staff for Linda, who was John’s guardian angel. I wish to also remember, equally, Liz, Danine, and Patty who were the best friends anyone could have prayed for.
*** In lieu of flowers, donations in John's memory made to the Rhode Island Special Olympics 370 George Washington Highway #1 Smithfield, RI 02917 would be greatly appreciated.
Kevin Coffey - 02/19/2015
Jack,know that your dad and family our remembered in our prayers.