November 28, 1937 — September 25, 2018
LAKE GEORGE — Gary L. McLaughlin, 80, of Helen Street in Lake George, passed away peacefully into the arms of the Lord on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, surrounded by his loving family, after a long illness.
Born on Nov. 28, 1937 in Fort Edward, he was the son of the late Milton T. and Margaret (Bennett) McLaughlin.
Gary was a 1956 graduate of Hudson Falls High School. Soon after graduation, on Nov. 13, 1956, he married the love of his life, Joyce Evans, at St. Mary’s Church in Hudson Falls, officiated by Father Dunbar.
Gary was a proud U.S. Navy veteran, having been honorably discharged on Feb. 27, 1963. He also enjoyed going to Lake George American Legion Post No. 374 to spend time with his fellow veterans.
In 1957, he began his career as a New York State Encon officer, retiring in 1988.
He was a jack of all trades who could do anything. Gary was an excellent car restorer, carpenter and craftsman. He restored antique cars, namely VW Beetles, and then sold them. Once Gary and Walter Grishkot made a 1937 Jaguar.
When he found time to take a vacation, Gary went on hunting trips to Canada with his wife, Joyce, and friends, Art and Pat. Later in life, he took trips to Florida and to Acapulco, Mexico. Above all, he loved entertaining his family and friends and playing guitar with his wife, Joyce, accompanying him on vocals.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Scott and Milton McLaughlin, and his sisters, Nancy Clifton and Jackie Carpenter.
Survivors include his loving wife of 62 years, Joyce McLaughlin of Lake George; his children, Cathy (Michael) Hayes, Gary (Kathy) McLaughlin, Robin (Willie) Ortiz, Barbara (William) Forbes, Scott McLaughlin and his fiancé, Robin Andre, and Amy (Benjamin) Dickerson; 23 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; his sisters, Sherryn (Michael) Espeseth, Barbara (Garry) Hamlin and Joy (Chet) Suida; his sister-in-law, Brigid McLaughlin; his brothers, Daniel (Kathy) Carpenter and Tony King; and several nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank his special caregivers, Warren County Health Services, Alzheimer Respite, Dr. Christopher Hoy, Audrey Charron, Kristine Hart, Joyce Moulton and Lynelle Hauser, for the wonderful care and compassion given to Gary.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Carleton Funeral Home Inc., 68 Main St. in Hudson Falls.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, following the calling hours at the funeral home.
The Rite of Committal will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in the town of Fort Edward, with full military honors provided by the Hudson Falls American Legion Post 574.
The family suggests that donations in Gary’s name be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.
Online condolences may be made by visiting www.carletonfuneralhome.net.