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David John McLaughlin

September 5, 1956 ~ November 12, 2021 (age 65)

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    David John McLaughlin, 65, of Claymont passed away in the early morning hours of Friday, November 12, 2021 with his daughter Megan by his side.  He fought a valiant 13-year battle. 

     He was born in Delaware County, PA, the son of the late Alexandria “Sandy” (Navert) McLaughlin and David Unruh McLaughlin.

     Dave was a proud member of the Claymont Fire Company, joining in 1972 and serving for 49 years. Dave was a 1974 graduate of Claymont High School. After high school, Dave had worked for Phoenix Steel Corporation in Claymont, Sun Oil Company (Sunoco) in Marcus Hook, Pa. and had also been employed by Wawa for a few years. Dave also worked part time as an assistant funeral director with several local funeral homes.  Dave enjoyed going to the beach and he was avid fan of the Green Bay Packers. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. When you were in the presence of Dave, he made it easy to be a friend.  He will be missed! 

     In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, John J. “Jack” McLaughlin, and by his best furry friend Jackson.  Dave is survived by his daughter, Megan A. McLaughlin of Claymont; and two grandsons, Austin Michael Staton and Tyler Dwayne Staton.

     A Celebration of Dave’s Life will be held from 1:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. Saturday, January 22, 2022 in the Claymont Ballroom of the Claymont Fire Company, 3223 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, DE  19703.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Claymont Fire Company at the above address or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN  38105. Online condolences may be made via 


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Gathering of Family and Friends
January 22, 2022

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Claymont Ballroom of the Claymont Fire Company
3223 Philadelphia Pike
Claymont, DE 19703
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