Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home
Michael McLaughlin, age 75, of Clairton, was greeted into Heaven by his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on June 13, 2022 after a long battle with cancer. Born on December 8, 1946 in McKeesport, he was proudly raised in Clairton and was the only child of the late Mark McLaughlin and Anna (Tamburrino) McLaughlin Jones. He is survived by his partner of 24-years, Florence “Babe” Pryzbylski; his children, Ashley (Mark) Iddings and Ian McLaughlin; his step-daughters, Nikki Pryzbylski and Michelle (Jim) Ward; and he was the proud grandfather to his biological granddaughter Audra, in addition to Mackenzie, Emma, Chad, and Miranda, who adopted him as their own. Mike loved God, his family, Babe, the City of Clairton, red wine and Oldies. And not those commercialized oldies. He loved the “real oldies”. Authentic, street corner doo wop, for which he would DJ parties and dances. Mike never finished college, but managed to work his way up to garner several successful careers in sales, even being recruited from retirement because of his proven track record. He worked for Busy Beaver during its inception, Apple Computer during its early days and Wombat Security Technologies as a startup among many others. An accomplished kicker in football, he even passed first round open tryouts with the Pittsburgh Steelers. When asked why he did not go back for the second round, he would simply reply, “I was young and stupid.” He was proud of his roots, his family and friends, and was fiercely devoted to all of them. He will be missed on earth, but on a quiet night, if you listen carefully, you will hear doo wop playing in Heaven.
Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth on Thursday, June 16, 2022 from 12-4 & 6-8 PM and on Friday, June 17, 2022 from 10 AM until the hour of service at 11 AM in the funeral home chapel. Private burial in St. Clare Cemetery, Clairton. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Light of Life Rescue Mission, 913 Western Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15233 and/or the Family Hospice Foundation, 700 Bower Hill Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15243. Offer condolences at www.bekavacfuneralhome.com
Originally published June 14, 2022.