Mary J. McLaughlin

January 22, 1937October 15, 2020

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam

Mary Josephine McLaughlin of Boston, passed peacefully on October 15. Mary was born in Clamperland, Buncrana, County Donegal on January 22, 1937. Beloved daughter of the late Lizzie and Joseph McLaughlin. Mary immigrated to Boston in 1959 and settled in the Back Bay, where she became a neighborhood icon these past 61 years. Mary enjoyed the company of friends, a proper cup of tea and a good chat. She adored the Boston Red Sox and Elvis. Unfailingly kind and generous, she had an infectious smile and impish sense of humor. She was proud to become an American citizen while cherishing her Irish heritage. Mary avidly followed politics and participated in many campaigns: volunteering for JFK in 1960; marching in Washington for the ERA in 1978; volunteering for Bill Clinton. She held dear her right to vote. Mary is the eldest of 11. She was predeceased by her sisters Bridie McLaughlin and Elizabeth McDaid and her brother William. She leaves her much loved siblings: Margaret McCloskey, Anna Fahy, Josephine Doherty, Kathleen Robb, Hannah McDaid, James McLaughlin and Patrick McLaughlin. She also leaves 26 devoted nieces and nephews who will greatly miss their Auntie Mary. Her countless friends will forever hold close the deep affection she felt for all. Mary will return to Buncrana to be buried with her beloved Grannie. In lieu of flowers, please donate in Mary’s name to St. Francis House.


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Nicole Pregoni

October 19, 2020

My aunt Margaret introduced me to Mary & her kitties when I moved in to their Beacon Street apartment building to study in school. Mary was the most important resident to meet she advised, because Mary is aware of EVERYTHING that goes on in this building and around the block. She was almost like the Mayor of our little apartment building. She watched out for me too, advising me about all the door locks & auto closures, where & when trash days were & to be sure to let her know when I was going out the back door so I would not get locked out. Mary always invited me for tea, we shared a deep love for all of our kitties, and for my aunt who Mary not only loved spending time with, but also made sure she kept in check along with her family!!! She was a lovely soul, a genuine gift to all of us, and I know she is most assuredly in God & the angel's hands right now, watching over all of us, and keeping us in check today as much as before.. Now however, she can be everywhere all the time, so we best do the things that would make her proud! May she rest in peace, may her family be comforted by all the love she created in all of us. Thank you Mary, we will miss your presence.

Margaret DePopolo

October 19, 2020

Mary and I lived in the same apartment building on Beacon St. for many years. We shared a love of cats, many cups of tea, an appreciation for the Boston Red Sox, and concern for the neighbors in our building at 476 and for our famiiies. Then came the day when we were told we had to exit that address. Mary found a beautiful apartment up Beacon St. a bit, and I moved to Marlborough St. Every morning at 10:30 we met on the corner of Marlborough and Mass Ave. for a walk to Starbucks and a cup of coffee. Every block en route someone would stop and greet Mary, always with affection. I told her she was the honored queen of Back Bay. Her wit, laughter and wise advice will be with me for all my days. A most remarkable woman, Mary told me, "Margaret, talk to everyone." I do and will, Mary, in your honor.

Chris Butler

October 19, 2020

Mary is already deeply missed by all who knew her. A friend for decades, Mary was kind, funny and devoted to family, friends and her cats. The road will be honored to "rise up to meet" her. My deepest sympathy to her family and many friends.


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