William John McLaughlin

October 18, 1940March 22, 2014
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William John McLaughlin, 73, of Uncasville, CT, previously of Clinton and Madison died on March 22, 2014 after a long, courageously fought, illness. Bill was born in New Haven, one of seven children of Thomas V. McLaughlin, M,D, and Mary E. Doherty McLaughlin, R.N.

He grew up in Hamden and attended the University of New Haven and Boston University. He served in the US Army Reserve. He was an apprentice typesetter at Wilson H. Lee Company. As a Journeyman with Typographical Union 47 he worked at The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Herald Examiner, The Honolulu Star Bulletin and The New Haven Register. He owned his own Printing Business for 20 years in Clinton, New Haven and Madison. In his later years, He worked at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville. Bill was a member of the Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard and the Knights of St. Patrick. Bill excelled at crossword puzzles, trivia, jeopardy and jokes to keep everyone happy and leave then laughing. Bill was always ready to lend a helping hand whether to repair a broken piece of furniture, a children’s wagon or assist with home improvements.

He is survived by his son, John William (Laura) and his grandson, Malakai William. He was predeceased by his brother, Peter. He is survived by brothers Thomas (Marilyn), Joseph (Virginia), Paul (Hedy) and sisters Maryellen Smith and Justine Landa. He was Uncle Billie to numerous nieces and nephews of whom he was so very proud.

Calling hours will be at Swans Funeral Home, 80 E. Main St in Clinton on March 26th from 5 PM to 7 PM with a Mass of Christian Burial on March 27 at 10 AM at St. Mary of the Visitation Church, 54 Grove St, Clinton. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Clinton.


  • Calling Hours Wednesday, March 26, 2014
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, March 27, 2014

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Paul McLaughlin

March 26, 2014

Dear Billy, You have been a wonderful brother in every sense of the word. Since our childhood when you,Peter and I bonded for a lifetime I have always enjoyed being with you and conversing and debating with you about anything and everything . Your sense of joy, humor and optimism will be truly missed. Say hello to Mom and Peter.

March 26, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
Eileen Waller.

Peter Smith

March 26, 2014

Uncle Bill, you will be missed. You always wore a smile and had a story or joke to share. I will cherish the memories of your laughter and good cheer and of all the good times over the years. Love, Peter Smith and family.

Cal & Mim Smith

March 25, 2014

So sorry to hear about your recent loss of Bill. He doesn't have to suffer any longer and now is in a peaceful place. We met Bill and Dottie in the days of skiing as we all were members of Sterling Ski Club. How we enjoyed going to Vermont and socializing together. Those were the good old days. Sympathy goes out to the family as I am sure he will be well missed by all. Warm wishes to all during this difficult time. Love ~ Cal and Mimi Smith

Emily McLaughlin

March 25, 2014

Our beloved Uncle Bill's spirit and light will live on forever. He was a warm and loving uncle, full of stories, depth, and funny and wise tales and jokes about life's miracles and tragedies. He had knack for always making his nieces and nephews feel special, and never missed an opportunity to tell them how proud he was of them, and how happy he was for his family and for his life. Without ever taking himself too seriously, he took the gift of life and the people he loved very seriously, with the smile of a comedian and the perspective of a sage. I have learned many lessons from his reflective words. He will be dearly missed, and we are all so lucky to have such a true Irishman in our family. We hope Uncle Bill and Uncle Peter are now smiling down on us, cracking jokes about us all, and, as my dad, Uncle Paul, says, “I hope Peter and Billie are up there pulling pranks on each other.”

March 25, 2014

To My Brother Bill,

Your love, laughter and perseverance were a gift to me. I will miss our phone calls, our visits and your twinkling Irish eyes. May God's eternal love bring you joy and happiness. And until we meet again, I will always love you.

Love, Mary Ellen

Tamara McLaughlin

March 25, 2014

I have so many fond memories of my Uncle Billie Goat. As a kid he was always looking to make us laugh and stood up for me as my Godfather. Uncle Bill had a way of letting you know he was there for you when times were rough with a gentle touch and kind words. I am deeply saddened by his passing but know in my heart he is smiling down on all of us while sitting beside Grammy and my dad Peter. Love you Uncle Bill!

March 24, 2014

My heart goes out to you John, and to the rest of your family. I'm so glad he got to see Malakai. Your Dad will be remembered by so many. I will never forget visiting him when I came to Connecticut, nor will I forget him at your wedding. Talk about a typical Irishman, complete with the gift of the gab and those twinkling eyes and ready smile! May he rest in peace.
Joan, aka your m.i.l.

March 24, 2014

bill you are already missed. i know you suffered and i hope for you in heaven for good oxygen .an irish traubor with smile and happines you brought to all you touch
, big daddy and joan

March 24, 2014

My Uncle Bill could light up a room with his smile, his jokes and his legendary stories. They were simply the best. He was a joy to be with, because he loved life so much and lived life to the fullest. He had so many passions from horses to skiing to Irish trivia. I have always been so proud of him. In fact, when I was in sixth grade, I won a statewide contest with an essay entitled 'My Uncle Bill'. The simple five paragraph essay highlighted his perseverance in returning to skiing after breaking his back. He was as proud of me then at 10 years old as he was of me now at almost 40. I am so fortunate to have spent the past few months visiting with him. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving together a few months ago at a beautiful mansion on the waterfront in Duxbury. So many great memories. I love you, Uncle Bill. You will be missed, but never ever forgotten.

Your Loving Niece,
Carole Smith