Philly 'cool priest' passes away

The Philadelphia Daily News reports some sad news today: the loss a revered local priest, known for his easy style and hearty laugh.

I wish this column could be accompanied by a soundtrack of Rev. Robert McLaughlin's laugh.
It was a deep roar, punctuated by a fabulous "ootz" sound when he inhaled for the next bellow. It was one of those big, generous laughs that made you want to howl with mirth, too. I imagine I speak for most people who loved him when I say it's unfathomable that the world won't hear that laugh again.

Father Mac - as the 65-year-old Roman Catholic priest was referred to by anyone who knew him longer than five minutes - died last Thursday while on a getaway to his family's place in the peaceful mountains of upstate Wyoming County.


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