Obituaries 11-07-2019

Robert McLaughlin

Retired Raytheon Mechanical Engineer

A Funeral Service was held on Saturday, Nov. 2 in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals for Robert F. McLaughlin who died on Tuesday, Oct. 29 after a long illness with his family by his side just three days before his 89th birthday. Interment was held privately.

Robert was born and raised in Winthrop and graduated Winthrop High School, Class of 1948.

He was a proud graduate of Boston College, earning a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1953 and served his country with pride and honor until his honorable discharge in 1955. Robert returned home and several years later married his sweetheart, Phyllis O’Hara and together they shared 61 years of marriage. During this time, he and his wife resided in Revere for 53 years where they raised their family. In summer, he spent many days on his boat as he loved being on the water.

Robert’s strong knowledge and mechanical mind allowed him to have an illustrious career at Raytheon as a mechanical engineer. His 35-year career afforded him great satisfaction with his contributions to top secret projects. Robert was a dedicated and loving husband, father,and grandfather. His family was his sense of pride.

He is the devoted husband of Frances P. “Phyllis” (O’Hara) McLaughlin of Revere, loving father

of John R. McLaughlin and wife, Danae of Saugus, Scott A. McLaughlin and his wife, Kathie of Melrose, Stephen M. McLaughlin and his fiancée, Becky Tamburino of North Billerica and the late Robert McLaughlin, cherished grandfather of Ryan McLaughlin and his wife, Katie of Melrose, Kaci L. McLaughlin of San Marcos, Calif., and Christen M. McLaughlin of Danvers;  dear brother of Mary Connolly of Florida, the late Alfred McLaughlin and the late George McLaughlin. He is also lovingly survived by his niece, Karen Santilli of Revere and by many other loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452 or to the Home for Little Wanderers, Development Dept., 271 Huntington Ave. Boston, MA 02115-9849.      

Funeral arrangements were under the care and direction of the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals.

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Mary Federico

Tufts Dental School Retiree and Red Hat Society Member

Mary E. “Bette” Federico, 89, of Winthrop, passed away peacefully after a short illness on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Born in Saranac Lake, N.Y., she lived in Medford for much of her life before moving to Winthrop 35 years ago. She took great pride in her 40-year career as a receptionist and records clerk at Tufts Dental School.

A physically active person all her life, she enjoyed camping, hiking and outdoor activities throughout New England in her younger years. She was a devoted member of the choir at St. John the Evangelist Church, where she was an active communicant.

In recent years, she was an honored member of the Red Hat Society. She was a passionate Rummikub and Mahjong player, and more than anything, cherished the company of family and friends. Always upbeat, positive and caring for others, Bette was known for her bright smile and warm embrace. She will truly be missed by all who knew her.

She was predeceased by her parents, James and Mildred (Ladue) Federico, her brothers, Jim and Charley and sister Margaret (Federico) Lynch. She is survived by her beloved nephews: Michael and his wife, Patty Federico of Winthrop, Scott and his wife Mary Federico of Somerset, niece Susan and her husband, Tony Tarascio of West Simsbury, Conn., dear sisters-in-law Grace Federico and Shelia Federico, as well as several nieces and grand nephews and many treasured friends.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Friday, Nov. 8 at 10 a.m Services will conclude with the committal in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Medford.

Family and friends are invited to a luncheon at the Winthrop Arms, 130 Grovers Ave., Winthrop, which will be held at 1 p.m. following the committal.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Anthony’s Shrine 100 Arch St., Boston MA 02110. For directions or to sign the online guestbook go to

Arrangements under the direction of the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop.

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