McLaughlin, Jeffrey “Jeff”

In loving memory of Jeffrey McLaughlin, an amazing man, husband, and father who passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 17, 2020. Born in Sarnia, he was the son of the late Douglas and Maxine McLaughlin (nee Haywood). Jeff was a loving husband and best friend to Kate; a beloved father to Beatrice, Eloise, and his four-legged son, Willie; and brother of Pat (Jeri), Dan (predeceased), and Lori (Ian). Jeff was loved and admired by his nieces and nephews Amy (Aleks), Zachary (Jamie), Mike (Stephanie), Katie, Danielle, Violet, and Bella-Sophia. Jeff also wanted to be certain to leave a special thank you to Beth and Roger Cassey for their care and support, which enabled him to stay home surrounded by love and enjoy as much golfing as time would allow, which was thankfully far longer than we thought possible. Jeff was born October 15th in a special year, 1961: the “upside down” year. He was a special person who brought joy to all who were fortunate enough to know him. His big, goofy grin would win people over immediately. Jeff was an outstanding student-athlete during his high school years. As a quarterback, he led his Northern Viking teams to numerous championships and was an accomplished javelin thrower, setting records on many occasions. A very humble person, he seldom shared his triumphs with many people. Jeff graduated from the University of Toronto with a BSc in Chemical Engineering, then went on to complete his Masters and PhD in Metallurgical Engineering. He had a passion for mineral processing and fondly remembered his time working in plants across Canada and the States. Jeff was happiest at work when he was leading people to achieve results they never thought possible. He truly enjoyed his days engaging with employees, remembering all their names, and wanting to know how their families were doing. His greatest pride, by far, were his two daughters, Bea and Ella. He would regularly look at Kate and say with great awe, “We did that.” Jeff was a great Dad who loved to go for walks, go swimming, and even body surfing with his girls. One of his proudest stories was how we took Beatrice bird hunting when she was only a few days old. On one of our many trips over the past few years, Jeff had the joy of introducing his girls to his other true love, the Raiders. If you knew Jeff, you knew it had to be silver and black. We would like to thank Dr. Tracy Hayes and the entire team at Oak Lodge for the extraordinary care they offered Jeff. You not only made Jeff feel safe, but you included him as a part of your family of caregivers. We truly appreciated that you saw the gentleman that Jeff was. Due to COVID restrictions, and per Jeff’s wishes, there will be no service or visitation. We will, however, host a celebration of Jeff’s life once it is safe for us all to gather and remember with joy what an amazing man Jeff was and the mark he left on us all. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jeff’s name, directly to the Alzheimer’s Society. In the meantime, please raise a toast to Jeff, and know that he will be right there enjoying it with you.


17 Condolences

  1. My most heartfelt condolences for the loss of a great colleague and a kind human being.
    Jeff has been a ball of fire and a shining star for all of us in the mining family. We celebrate his life and achievements that stay with us as long as we are in life.
    Rest in peace.

    By: Peter Kondos
    July 16, 2020
  2. Very saddened to learn of Jeff’s passing. A mature, intelligent and good-natured man who was a bit of a father figure to us at University fondly referred to as “Uncle Spear”. Rest In Peace brother McLaughlin.

    By: Frank Valicek
    July 11, 2020
  3. I am truly sorry to hear that such a great guy as Jeff is no longer here to spread joy around him

    I was always in awe of him at University and respected him as an older, wiser brother.

    In times like this the only thing I can do for Kate & the girls is to say that Jeff definitely made this world a better place than what he found and he positively impacted many that they will probably never know he did.

    My sincere sympathies

    JP Laporte
    (ZD 495)

    By: Jean Pierre Laporte
    July 11, 2020
  4. This is sad and shocking news. I enjoyed spending time with Jeff during our university days. He was always a kind, funny and sincere person. Rest In Peace, brother. We will miss you.

    By: Cameron Stuckey
    July 11, 2020
  5. Kate, Margaret and I were very sad to hear of Jeff’s passing. When I visited with him last July, he seemed so alive and well (despite a few memory challenges). I’ll remember my good friend from the day that I was first assigned to be his ‘mentor’ in our Noranda days, through to when he agreed to join me in Sudbury to help me solve all the issues that I couldn’t figure out at Vale,. His sense of humour and his keen insight into complicated issues will remain with me. Our thoughts and prayers are with your and your beautiful girls.

    By: Steve Heddle
    June 26, 2020
  6. My thoughts and prayers go out to you. I was surprised and saddened to hear of your loss. It is never easy to lose a family member. I am sending you a virtual hug of support. Take care.

    By: Norma Jean Campbell
    June 24, 2020
  7. The Zeta Delta house will miss you Brother.

    Rest in peace Spear.


    By: Scott Monteith
    June 23, 2020
  8. Dear Kate, Beatrice and Eloise, Please accept our deepest condolences, and know that you are in our hearts. Your wonderful and special family memories are an everlasting tribute to a wonderful and special guy.
    Sincerely, Sandra, Steve and Elizabeth
    From Irish Dance

    By: Sandra, Steve and Elizabeth Elliott
    June 23, 2020
  9. Dear Kate, Beatrice and Eloise,
    My sincerest condolences. I want you to know how much I thought of Jeff, he was a great friend, mentor and brother to me. You can be most proud of Jeff’s positive influence on those he met, making our world a better place in the process. He showed us all what it meant to be a true gentleman. Rest In Peace my friend. Glenn

    By: Glenn
    June 23, 2020
  10. It is with great sadness that I learned of Jeff’s passing. Our thoughts go out to Kate and the family. I had the privilege to work with Jeff during his Noranda/ Falconbridge years both in New Brunswick and Timmins. Not only was he a brilliant and accomplished metallurgist & manager, but he was a hell of a lot of fun to work with! His brilliance, dedication, leadership and infectious sense of humour will be sadly missed.

    By: Daniel Picard
    June 23, 2020
  11. I will always remember Jeff as a first class, true gentleman who never tired of talking of his terrific family. He was a wonderful client and we considered him a good friend. On behalf of Gitric and I, we offer our deepest sympathies to Kate and the family.

    By: Karl R Kelton
    June 23, 2020
  12. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kate, Bea and Ella during this time. To me, Jeff was a co-worker, a technical advisor, a tough but compassionate leader, a great story teller, and a big man with a soft heart that was so proud of and so deeply in love with his family. The mining world was a better place because he had a presence in it. He will be missed. With our deepest condolences, Jody & Joe

    By: Jody Kuzenko
    June 23, 2020
  13. My deepest sympathies during your time of loss, my thoughts/prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Jeff was a caring person and a great leader

    By: Bob Cote
    June 23, 2020
  14. We are very sad to hear this news, Kate. Please accept the sincerest of condolences from Trish, myself and our girls, and we will be keeping you, Bea and Ella in our thoughts and prayers.

    By: Sean Kautzman
    June 23, 2020
  15. I was very shocked when I heard of Jeff’s passing. I remember him fondly as a fun, intelligent and humble man. I extend my sincerest condolences to his wife, children and rest of the family. Rest in peace brother, the world is definitely a lesser place without you! Arnoud

    By: Arnoud Prins
    June 22, 2020
  16. Jeff was a truly great man, a term which I do not use lightly. Jeff made the world a better place, especially for those of us who had the privilege of calling him a friend. Our condolences to Kate, Bea and Ella. Our thought and prayers are with you. – Paul & Laura

    By: Paul Molinaro
    June 22, 2020
  17. Very shocked to know the departure of the great soul.
    Jeff was a good human being, caring about people. He will be missed 😢. My thoughts and prayers for his family

    By: Jaleela Rafee
    June 22, 2020

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