Daniel (Danny) Charles McLaughlin

Daniel "Danny" Charles McLaughlin Jr., 35, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Fort Walton Beach on May 19, 2013. Danny was born in Boston Dec. 26, 1977, to Daniel and Vicki McLaughlin and grew up in Fryeburg Harbor, Maine.

Growing up, Danny spent many days in the woods and waterways of Maine fishing, hunting, catching frogs, and camping. He participated in soccer, baseball, basketball, skiing, ice skating, ultimate Frisbee, and bicycling. He was a member of the Boy Scouts and 4H clubs. He had a heart for adventure, fun and magic. He was an artist in many ways and enjoyed all kinds of art throughout his life. Danny was always kind and protective of his younger siblings, and of all children, always exhibiting gentle care and love. His love of animals and the beauty of nature carried on throughout his adult life.

After growing up in the harbor and graduating from Fryeburg Academy, Danny lived in Iowa and California where he worked as a pastry chef. He eventually moved to Florida to be closer to his family where he enjoyed bicycling, sports, the ocean, and the outdoors. Danny always had a passion for music and he played many instruments including the saxophone. He loved travel and often traveled to music festivals, making friends everywhere he went. Most of all Danny loved his family and spending time with them made him happiest.

Danny was a handsome, charming, intelligent, spiritual, loving person, with an unforgettable sparkle in his eyes that will be sorely missed by all who knew him. His contagious smile and infectious laughter will never be forgotten. Danny's gentle spirit taught many people around him understanding and love. He was blessed with a faith in God and a compassion for humanity that showed in the way he smiled, talked, lived, and loved.

Danny was lost too soon, but his gentle, loving example will be cherished and remembered forever.

He is predeceased by his father, Daniel Charles McLaughlin Sr., and two grandfathers, Kenneth Van-Patten and Eugene McLaughlin.

Danny is survived by his mother, Vicki McLaughlin, of Basin Bayou, Fla., who works at Red Bar in Grayton Beach; sister, Erin McLaughlin, and her partner, Anthony Cavazos, of San Francisco, Calif.; brother, Owen McLaughlin and wife, Marian McLaughlin, of Anchorage, Alaska; two nephews, Conner and Keagan McLaughlin, of Anchorage; grandmothers, Mary McLaughlin, of Lovell, Maine, and Doris Render, of Des Moines, Iowa; as well as his many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

A funeral mass was held at Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic church in Fryeburg, Maine, on June 12 followed by a burial at the Austin Bemis Riverside Cemeterey in Fryeburg Harbor.

In Danny's honor/memory please practice/engage in a random act of kindness and continue to do so whenever possible.