Father Joseph R. Laughlin died on May 27, 2013, at age 86. He was born on Aug. 31, 1926, in Hyde Park, Mass., where his father Thomas, a master boilermaker in the Boston Navy Yard, had also been born. His mother Mary Ellen Kelly was born in Ballinasloe, County Galway, Ireland, and as a young woman came in steerage to this country. Fr. Laughlin had eight brothers and sisters and was the sixth child.