McLAUGHLIN, William J. “ Billy” of Dorchester, passed away peacefully at home on May 8, 2022 after a courageous struggle with COPD for many years. Loving father of William J. McLaughlin Jr. and his wife Karen of New Hampshire, Kimberley Flaherty and her husband John of Bridgewater, Kelli McLaughlin of Dorchester and Kerri McLaughlin of Dorchester. Cherished grandfather “Gramps” of Nicole McLaughlin, Matthew Whitehouse and his wife Alyssa, William R McLaughlin, Daniel Alves, and Kyle Alves and 3 great grandchildren Vivian, Hannah and Jackson Whitehouse. Dear son of the late P. Joseph McLaughlin and Mary J. (Daley) McLaughlin. Brother of the late Ann Marie, John “Johnny” and Robert P. McLaughlin. Billy opened his heart to his step son Kenneth “Kenny” McLaughlin and his family. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and friends. Also his first grandson Keith Kelly who he loved and enjoyed immensely along with his newest addition Ms. Bella who he cherished and had weekly visits with.
Billy was a proud veteran of the United States Navy serving during the Vietnam era and a proud longtime member of the Teamsters Union Local 25, as well as a member of the Old Dorchester Post, and John P McKeon Post Amvets #146.
Billy was a devoted family man. When life handed him difficult times, he stepped up to the challenge. With the support of his mother and sister, Billy raised his family. His children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were the foundation of his happiness. He showed them unconditional love and was always their biggest fan. They remember how much they enjoyed riding on his motorcycle. He enjoyed playing Keno and more recently hanging out at his new favorite place – the Encore Casino. He also enjoyed bowling. Billy had a very special place in his heart for his German Shepherds, Lady, Diamond and Diesel.
Billy’s family is very grateful to the nurses at the BWFH Infusion Center for their care, friendship and compassion throughout the years.
Although his family is broken hearted at his sudden passing, they feel fortunate for all the blessings he brought into their lives. Billy will be sadly missed, but he will live on in the legacy he leaves behind.
Visiting Hours in the John J. O’Connor and Sons Funeral Home, 740 Adams St. (near Gallivan Blvd.) Dorchester on Thursday 4-8pm. Funeral Mass in St. Ann’s Church, NEPONSET on Friday morning at 10am.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in memory of Billy to German Shepherd Rescue of New England or to Paws of Honor. Burial in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Dorchester.
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