Edward Patrick “Pat” McLaughlin, 63, of Englewood, Fla., and Omoa, Honduras, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Omoa, after a brief illness.
He was born Aug. 8, 1950, in Portsmouth, N.H.
Pat was resided in both Hudson, N.H., and Lyndeborough, N.H., before moving to Englewood in 1984, to care for his mother. His compassion for the elderly inspired the opening of an elder-care facility. He, with partner Claudia LeBrecque, operated Penn Home Care in Grove City, Fla. In 1990, he started P & M Landscaping and Tree Service. He worked together with Sheri Clark to build many customer friendships.
After vacationing in Omoa with best friend Gene O’Brien, he purchased property there in 1992. He was interested in enriching the quality of their lives, and did so through road projects, helping to acquire electricity, providing medical supplies, and investing in children’s education.
Water was Pat’s passion, in it, on it, and keeping his head above it. He was compassionate about turtles and supported the Sea Tracking Project on Manasota Key, Stump Pass and Englewood Beach. In Honduras, he supported the great Galapagos Tortoise.
He retired in 2013 to share his time with his son and granddaughter, and by the sea in Honduras.
Pat knew how to live each day to the fullest; he worked liked a Captain and played like a pirate. He always had a great story to tell, which was normally followed by his contagious giggle and that twinkle in his eye.
He is survived by his son, Jesse McLaughlin; granddaughter, Kristina McLaughlin; three brothers, John, Peter (Barbara) and Timothy McLaughlin; and nieces and nephews, Debra, Pamela, Mandy, Timothy, Abram and Barnaby McLaughlin, and Marsha Zanella. Pat was preceded in death by his parents, Virginia Jean (nee Turcotte) McLaughlin of Manchester, N.H., and Edward McLaughlin of Boston, Mass.
A Barefoot Celebration of Life will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at Lemon Bay Park in Englewood. Please contact Sherri Clark at 941-321-4469 with questions.