Thursday, July 25, 2024

John J. McLoughlin, 80

WILMINGTON — Jack McLoughlin passed away peacefully in Wilmington, North Carolina on March 28, 2023.

He is survived by Joan McLoughlin (nee Davison), his beloved wife of nearly 57 years, their children John and Laura, and their spouses, Justin and Bryan, grandchildren Margaret (Maggie), John (Jack), Brett and Ashlyn, and his dog Gus.

Jack was born January 6, 1943 in Brooklyn, New York to parents John and Lenora McLoughlin, and graduated from Fordham University with a BA in English in 1964. He worked in the electrical business in New York until moving with his family to Baltimore, MD in 1984 to found his own lighting manufacturers’ representative agency, Maryland Lighting. Maryland Lighting was successful from the start, and Jack was known for providing best-in-class benefits to all who worked for him and their families. His son John joined Maryland Lighting full time in 1992, and the two later became business partners. The company grew, expanded territory, and ultimately merged in 2004 with another manufacturers’ representative to form One Source Associates, which has since grown into a premier agency serving the Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia markets.

Jack was an avid tennis and pickleball player who organized games for his friends and relished making new ones to invite to play with those he already had. His was a big, fun-loving personality on any court, and if he was playing, people were smiling. He loved his dogs, and was regularly seen by those who got out of bed early enough walking them at Oregon Ridge Park in Maryland, and later in Landfall in North Carolina. He was a voracious reader of The Bible and also of crime novels, which he shared with his friends after reading them himself.

People blossomed around Jack. He encouraged his wife Joan to attend college as an adult, which she did, even playing on the school’s tennis team before graduating in 2000. He also delighted in her artistic success, took pleasure in the achievements of his children and grandchildren, and helped many friends recover physically and emotionally after surgeries, losses, and other major life events. He loved every member of his family unconditionally. Jack was a devout man who prayed The Rosary every day, loved his relationship with God, and prayed daily for countless friends and relatives. He volunteered regularly at Beans and Bread in Baltimore and The Sister Isaac Center (formerly St. Mary / Tileston Outreach) in Wilmington. As his meaningful life here ended, Jack was very much at peace.

A Funeral Mass will be held celebrating Jack’s life on Saturday, April 15 at 11 a.m. at St. Therese Catholic Church, located at 209 Lumina Ave. S, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480. Parking is limited, so please plan accordingly.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to one of the following charities in Jack’s name: The Sister Isaac Center in Wilmington, NC or Lower Cape Fear LifeCare.

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