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March 22, 1955 - October 31, 2021

Don did not want a traditional funeral and instead preferred the idea of a party. A celebration of his life will take place after the new year.

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DON McLAUGHLIN died unexpectedly on Oct. 31, 2021, in Hollywood, Florida. He was 66 years old. He is survived by his loving wife and life partner of 44 years, Alice; his daughters, Stephanie and Lauren; grandsons, Finn and Odin; and sons-in-law, Scott and Shawn.

Hearts are broken near and far, as Don was the best friend of many and a stranger to no one. He was the self-proclaimed mayor of the neighborhood—and the entire welcome committee. His garage was a place to gather and laugh; his open door an invite to all. Don was generous and kind in the most natural way, doing for others constantly while never expecting anything in return.

Born in Hialeah in 1955 to Donald and Dora McLaughlin, Don attended St. John the Apostle Catholic School, where he and his wife first met as children. It was there where he cultivated friendships that would last a lifetime. Don was a social butterfly. He was full of stories and jokes, and he was always ready for a good laugh. He loved spending time on the water, fishing with friends, and teaching his grandsons. His mere presence evoked a smile, and through the multitude of beautiful memories, we will continue to smile. He wanted us to smile.

Don did not want a traditional funeral and instead preferred the idea of a party. A celebration of his life will take place after the new year.