MEDWAY – Roland Edwin McLaughlin passed away Aug. 28, 2013, at his home in Medway surrounded by his loving family. Roland was born April 28, 1923, in Medway, to Ancil and Zelma (Lyons) McLaughlin.
He attended school in Medway and graduated from Medway High School in 1941. He then started his career at Great Northern Paper Company, but enlisted in the United States Marine Corps after Pearl Harbor. Roland attained the rank of sergeant as a crew chief on a Corsair squadron and served in the South Pacific throughout the War, and was honorably discharged in October 1945. Roland was a life member of VFW Post 4154 and DAV Unit 2. Roland returned to Medway after the War, working in the woods for a time before continuing his career at Great Northern Paper Company, mostly as a heavy equipment operator. He was very proud of the fact that he missed only one day of work in 38 years of service to the company.
In 1946 Roland married his beloved wife of 67 years, Regina Farrington, and together they raised five children: Stephen and his wife, Laura, Barry and his wife, Ellen, Frederick Robin, Ted, and Mary and her husband, Richard Clark. Roland also leaves behind 13 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; a sister, Mildred Philbrook, and many nieces, nephews and close friends. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his siblings: Carroll, Nellie, Harry, Gerald, Ralph, Lawrence, Muriel, Flora and Ethel. He was also predeceased by a very special grandson, Richard Aaron Clark.
At the time of his death, Roland was the oldest male resident of Medway. Roland was a registered Maine Guide, who loved the woods and everything in it. He was a lifelong trapper, fisherman, and his reputation as a bobcat hunter was legendary, not only in Maine, but far beyond. Roland was known as someone who would always lend a hand to his friends, and he was totally devoted to his family. He was loved and respected by all that knew him, and he will be greatly missed.
A memorial service at Roland’s farm will be held 2 p.m. Sept. 14, with the Reverend Regginal Adams and Deacon Dan Watson officiating. On the day of the service, visitation will start at 12:30 p.m. Family and friends are welcome to call in at his home at any time before the date of the service. Donations in Roland’s memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements with Clay Funeral Home, 7 Lee Road, Lincoln. Those who wish may sign an online register and leave written condolences at www.clayfuneralhome.com.