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James Aloysius McLaughlin, Jr

AGE: 80 • Jersey City and Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey

James Aloysius McLaughlin, Jr. of Jersey City and Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey passed away on Sunday, October 8, 2017. He was 80.

A graduate of Saint Peter's Prep and the University of Notre Dame, Jim was the owner and operator of McLaughlin Funeral Home in Jersey City. While at Notre Dame, he was introduced to Mary Ellen Waldron, the two fell in love and married on May 21, 1960.

A true native son of Jersey City, Jim was devoted to the city he loved so well and exemplified a life dedicated to public service. In addition to being a Councilman in Ward B of Jersey City, he served as a Trustee and President of Boys and Girls Clubs of Hudson County, Chair of Saint Peter's College Board of Regents, Commissioner and Chair of Jersey City Redevelopment Agency, Trustee of Saint Peter's Prep, Commissioner of Jersey City Parking Authority, Chair of Hudson County Economic Development Corporation, Board Member of North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, Member of Hudson Legal Ethics Committee, Trustee of Liberty HealthCare and Chairman of Jersey City Medical Center, where he spearheaded the building of the new Medical Center located on Grand Street.

Even though Jim gave so much of himself to the city he loved, his greatest achievement was his family. He loved and adored his wife Mary Ellen, his four daughters and his 11 grandchildren above all else, delighting in their successes and happiness. He will be missed by all.

Jim was predeceased by his beautiful bride Mary Ellen. He is survived by his daughters, Maureen Byrne, Claire Juliana, Megan Becht and Maryellen McLaughlin; sons-in-law Tom Byrne, David Juliana, Dan Becht and Sean Flannery; grandchildren, Daniel, Conor, Tyler, Ryan, Fiona, Kiersten, Emma, Maeve, Gabriella, Camille and Jack; sisters, Jane Dalton and Nancy Buckman and her husband James Buckman and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and cousins, all of whom he loved.

Visitation will be at McLaughlin Funeral Home, 625 Pavonia Avenue, Jersey City, NJ on Tuesday and Wednesday from 5:00- 8:00pm. Relatives and friends may assemble at the funeral home on Thursday October 12, 2017 at 10AM prior to the Mass of Christian Burial at St. Aloysius Church, 691 West Side Avenue, Jersey City at 11:00AM. Interment follows at Holy Name Cemetery, Jersey City. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory to the Jersey City Medical Center Foundation, 265 Grand Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302 or Saint Peter's Prep 144 Grand Street, Jersey City, 07302 would be appreciated.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Oct. 10, 2017
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