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Obituary - Spencer J. McLaughlin

Spencer J. McLaughlin

Date of Passing: May 27th, 2009

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In lieu of flowers the family asks that a contribution be made in Spencerís name to the Alzheimerís Association of CNY, 441 W. Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse, NY 13204.

Well-accomplished business and family man, Spencer Joseph McLaughlin, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 27, 2009 in Norwich, NY surrounded by his loving family. Spencer was born March 12, 1932 in Waterville, NY, the son of the late Clifford J. and Ethel M. Silver McLaughlin. A long time resident of Waterville, Spencer married Sandra Ann Wittenbeck on August 6, 1960, where they resided until moving to Norwich in 1986. Spencer's business career began with the assistance of his father and the acquisition and operation of several movie theatres in the Waterville area. Spencer, along with his father and brother Clifford, began a family business in 1955 that eventually became known as McLaughlin's Department Store. Dedicated to his family-run business, Spencer ran several locations in the Upstate New York area until his retirement in 1997. Spencer was an avid sports fan and loved working outdoors; he was frequently seen outdoors caring for his lawn and gardens. In addition to his parents, his sisters Arlene McLaughlin and Betty Doyle and brother-in-laws Edward Doyle and Butch Wittenbeck predeceased Spencer. Spencer is survived by his wife Sandra (Wittenbeck) McLaughlin; his three son's, Mark McLaughlin, Scott (Anna) McLaughlin and David (Annemarie) McLaughlin; two sisters, Jeannette (Robert) McCredy and Joan (Edward) Stephenson; brother, Clifford (Joan) McLaughlin Jr.; sister-in-law, Joan Wittenbeck; special niece, Cindy Supinski; five grandchildren, Megan, Casey, Michael, Spencer and Ryan; and several nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, June 1st at 10 am at St. Bernard''s Church, 199 Stafford Ave., Waterville. Interment will be in St. Bernard''s Cemetery. Calling hours for Spencer will be held on Sunday, May 31st from 2 to 6 pm at the Kloster-Northrop & Bentz Funeral Home, 210 E. Main St., Waterville. A special thank you is extended to the staff at The Pearl & Everett Gilmour Health Care Facility, Norwich, the Harding Nursing Home, Waterville, and Claire Bridge of Clinton for taking such good care of Spencer.


Sandy,MArk,scott,dave My condolences to you from my heart and always remember that even though hes gone he will never be gone form your heart and will always bring sunshine to your life always.
lisa cabassa

Sandy & boys & families, My warmest condolences to you all. I will always remember how wonderful Spence & Sandy were to me when I worked for them at the Waterville store. They were both just great to work for.
Pat Davis

Can't believe it's been so many years since I've even seen Spence or Sandy. I'll always remember Spence from the spectacular football team we had in the early 50's. Spence will always be remembered as I too approach my later years.
Ron Curtis

Sandy/Joan I remember Spence so well when I was a kid and how great he was in sports. Sadly missed and what a Great guy. Faye and I send our condolence's to you and All the Family and Our Love... Jr & Faye
Junior Bartlett

Sandy, Mark, Scott, and David, My warmest condolences to you and your families. Some of my favorite childhood memories include you, your home, and growing up in Waterville. I sincerely hope that all of you find comfort in each other and the memory of your father and husband.
Brian Sobolowski

Sandy, Scott, Mark & David (and families), Thinking of You Wishing you hope in the midst of sorrow, comfort in the midst of pain. Spencer was a wonderful man and will be sorely missed by all. May all your wonderful memories help you begin to heal.
Ann & Jerry Phelan

What a gentle, kind man was Spencer McLaughlin! I worked as the bookkeeper at the Skaneateles store. I always looked forward to when he would come with a load of merchandise on Wednesdays when I first started working there. The last time I saw him when was he came with Mark who brought him along for the ride. He would always talk to the employees. I extend my sincerest sympathy to all his family and know that he will be missed and remembered always. I'm thaking for the privilege of having known him.
Sandy Patrick

My condolences to Sandy and sons, Joan Stephenson and family. Spence was always such a wonderful person. I know he will be greatly missed by all.
Dolores McManus Wines

My sympathies go out to Sandy, Scott, Mark, David and Jeannette. I worked for Spencer many years ago in his Norwich store and he was always one of the nicest, gentlest employers that I have ever had the opportunity to work for. It's always so sad to lose such a good man! I will never forget his reaction when he walked into Scott & Mark's house and their puppies had totally chewed up the furniture, carpet, etc....he just kept calmly saying 'oh my, oh my'. I couldn't stop laughing....he was so calm. Fond memories of Spencer and his family always.
Jane M Owens