Donald V. McLaughlin, 76, of Syracuse, New York passed away Tuesday, January 14th at Van Duyn Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation. Don is a Vietnam War Veteran who honorably served his Country in the United States Army. He retired from the Syracuse Police Department in 1988 after 20 years of service; an accomplishment he was very proud of. He was an active member of the American Legion Post 1468 and the Valley men’s club. He was the past-president of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He met his wife, Sharon, on a blind date while attending his parents’ anniversary party. They went on to have four children who then blessed them with seven grandchildren and one great-grandson. One of Don’s greatest joys was attending sporting and scholastic events for his children and grandchildren. He was a proud supporter of the Onondaga Central Tigers.
Don is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Sharon (Raymond) McLaughlin; his daughter, Celinda McLaughlin; his sons, Darren (Tiffany) McLaughlin, Eric (Pamela) McLaughlin, and Matthew McLaughlin. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Kelsey, Kaitlyn, Michaela, Kyle, Calie, Hayden, McKenna, and great-grandson, Weston. He is also survived by two brothers and a sister.
Friends may call on Sunday, January 19th from 1:00-4:00 PM at Ballweg and Lunsford Funeral Home on South Salina Street in Syracuse. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, January 20th at 10:30 AM at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, W. Seneca Trpk. Syracuse. A burial will follow immediately in Onondaga Valley Cemetery, Valley Dr. Syracuse.
In Lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the St. Michael’s building fund.