Hon. John A McLaughlin

April 7, 2018

The Honorable John A. McLaughlin, age 83, of Kearny, New Jersey passed peacefully on April 7th at St. Michael’s Hospital in Newark, NJ. A funeral Mass celebrating John’s life will be held at St. Stephen’s Church in Kearny on Thursday, April 12th at 11:00 am. Visitation is Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. at the Condon Funeral Home, 684 Kearny Avenue, Kearny, NJ. (


John was born on October 31, 1934 in Newark, NJ to Margaret (Ford) McLaughlin and John McLaughlin. He was a lifelong resident of Kearny, a town he fondly called “Camelot”. He was a graduate of St. Stephen’s Elementary School and St. Cecilia High School, and Seton Hall University where he earned his BA and JD.


Judge McLaughlin’s life was marked with service, to his family, church, and the public. As a young man, he served as the National President of the Catholic Youth Organization and the NJ General Assembly. He taught at St. Cecilia’s High School while attending Seton Hall Law School. He then worked in law in private practice, as First Assistant Prosecutor of Hudson County, and as a Superior Court Judge of NJ. He was a member of the New Jersey State, the Hudson County and West Essex Bar Associations. He was a Trustee of the Hudson County Bar Foundation.


John was a member of St. Stephen’s parish and served for over 40 years as a lector and Trustee. He also valued his membership in the Friends of Erin and served as Chairman of the Newark Archdioceses Pastoral Council of Catholic Men.

John enjoyed travelling with family, socializing with friends, and cheering for Seton Hall basketball and Mets baseball games. He could often be found with a newspaper in his hands or searching the computer, as he had an insatiable thirst for knowledge. He was a quiet and compassionate man, yet he always liked to keep people laughing with his wonderful sense of humor.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years, Joan (nee Doran), his daughters Julie Schmidt (Jason); Jill McLaughlin (Matt Mandel); and Jennifer McLaughlin and his granddaughters Margaret, Emily, and Anne Mary. He is also survived by his siblings, Rita Sarlo and James McLaughlin (Linda) as well as his in-laws, Toni McLaughlin, Kathleen Lally (Richard), Mary Doran, Peggy Lowes (Richard), John Doran (Sue) and many beloved nieces and nephews: Margaret Mary (Ronnie), David, Karen (Mark), Mark, Maureen (John), Cara, and Lisa (Bob), Johnny (Carol), Brian, Elizabeth, Samantha and grand nieces and nephews Marina, Santo, Luke, Kate, Christopher, Gabriel, Ayla, Kaleigh, Sean and Ava.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Stephen’s Heritage Fund. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home or mailed to St. Stephen’s Rectory 141 Washington Avenue, Kearny, NJ 07032.


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