September 24, 1916 – December 19, 2019
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Beatrice Isabella McLaughlin, age 103, in the company of her loving family, on December 19, 2019 in New London Connecticut. Bea was born September 24, 1916 in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland to Henley Crane and Elizabeth Noel Crane. She was preceded in death by her loving husband James Patrick McLaughlin in 1988 whom she married on October 22, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York. Bea was the oldest of 8 children whom she helped raise. After completing her education at Saint Paul’s School she continued to care for her family. During the Great Hurricane of 1938, arriving through Ellis Island, she traveled by ship, the Townsend, to Brooklyn, New York to join her father working on the war effort. The family’s Newfoundland heritage had been in the fishing industry as well as farming which was also an important part of their legacy. Bea was a gentle and kind soul who never had a cross word to say about anyone. She devoted her life to her family and home. She especially enjoyed cooking, knitting, and was an excellent seamstress. She frequently donated her efforts to church for those in need. Bea was woman of strong faith that sustained her throughout her life. She lived by the bible verse “and be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.” All who knew her loved her dearly and will always remember her charm, grace and dignity. Bea was a member of St James Church for over 60 years Bea’s brothers Albert, Gordon, Llewellyn, Donald, and Sisters Anne, and Louise preceded her in passing. Bea is survived by her remaining sibling Florence of Sarasota, Florida and Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, son Thomas Henley and his wife Donna of Norwich, grandchildren Toni Tyropolis and fiancé Peter Hawthorne of Waterford, great grandsons Zachary and Jayse Tyropolis; Colin Scott McLaughlin of New London; son James Crane McLaughlin of Shelton, Ct; daughter Elizabeth Warykas and husband James, granddaughter Sarah Wen, of Oakdale, CT; granddaughter Jara Messere & husband Joseph of N. Windham, CT, grandson Joseph Messere of Shelton, CT, Jacob Messere & wife Lindsey of Burns, TN; and one first cousin Vera Crane. Visitation will be held at the Fulton-Theroux funeral home, 181 Ocean Ave, New London, from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. on Friday, December 27th, and a funeral service on December 28th at Saint James Episcopal Church, 76 Federal Street, New London, at 10:00A.M. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Altar Guild, Saint James Church.