John C. McLaughlin, beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, died on Jan. 23 of cardiac arrest.

Born in Pawtucket, R.I. and raised in Cumberland Hill, he was the oldest son of Helen and John J. McLaughlin. He was a graduate of Mt. St. Charles (class of 1959) and St. Francis University in Loretto, Penn. (class of 1963), and he spent three years in the Peace Corps, serving in Costa Rica and Sierre Leone.

In 1971, he headed to California to pursue an acting career which became a 45-year success, appearing in film, theatre, and hundreds of commercials.

He is survived by his wife Diana, daughter Molly, and granddaughter Elcie, all of California; his siblings, Joan Dunayer of Edgartown, Kathleen Rodrigues of Darien, Conn., Joseph McLaughlin of Roslindale, and Patricia Slattery of Cumberland, R.I.; his much-loved nieces, Kathleen Dougherty of Los Angeles, Kara Merry of West Tisbury, Helen Rodrigues of Boston, Mary Frances of Darien, Conn., and Olivia Rodrigues of Darien, Conn; his nephews Patrick Dougherty of Hanover, Steven Dunayer of New York city, and John Rodrigues of Darien, Conn.; and his cherished cousins, the Costello and Moran families.

A graveside service was held on Friday, Oct. 20, at St. Francis Cemetery in Pawtucket, R.I.