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Updated: 11/13/2013 08:00:04AM

John A. McLaughlin

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John Arthur McLaughlin was born March 25, 1925, and died Nov. 11, 2013, in Venice, Fla., with his wife, Jean, and daughter, Joan, at his bedside.

He was born in Milton, Fla., to Alta and Arthur McLaughlin. His early years were spent in Milton, Fla. In 1932, his father was transferred to Cincinnati, Ohio, where his brother, Ray, was born and he finished his schooling, graduating from Withrow High School. During this time he was boy soprano in both church and school choirs.

He enlisted in the Navy in 1942 only to be sent to the Chicago Navy Choir. As soon as possible he was reassigned as pharmacist mate first class to the hospital ship U.S.S. Benevolence in the Pacific, the first ship into Tokyo Bay for the signing of the peace treaty.

On returning to Cincinnati, Ohio, he attended the University of Cincinnati . Then radio called him to the west coast. He was a station announcer, play-by-play announcer and station manager. He became a Pioneer of Radio at this time.

On a visit to his parents in Cincinnati, Ohio, he met and married Jean Ann Clark. They were married in 1952.

His TV career began at Taft Broadcasting WKRC as an account executive, then film manager at Frederick Ziv TV and vice president of United Artist as director of worldwide TV program distribution.

His love of boating on the Ohio River and waters of Florida led him to become a Kentucky Admiral, a Kentucky Colonel and an active member of the United States Power & Sail Squadron, becoming commander in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Venice, Fla. In 1983 he joined the Venice Yacht Club. As a member he served on many committees, then became chairman of membership, fleet captain of VYC and FCYC land cruise coordinator and, in 1999, commodore.

He is survived by his wife, Jean, of 61 years; his daughter, Joan Surso, and granddaughter, Jessica Surso, both of Venice, Fla. He leaves his friends both golden and silver.

A special thanks to the staff and volunteers of Sarasota Hospice House and his “Friday Night Bunch” for their love and compassion.

Services: A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the Venice Yacht Club, 1300 Tarpon Center Drive, Venice, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. Farley Funeral Home, Venice, Fla., is handling the arrangements. To send condolences, visit:

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the VYC Memoriam Fund or TideWell Hospice Inc.