Robert “Bob” McLaughlin, 83, a former member of the San Simeon Community Services District board, died May 26 at his home. He had been ill for some time.
McLaughlin had served for more than a decade on the North Coast Advisory Council when he resigned in September due to illness. Until then, he had remained active in San Simeon and Cambria politics and governance, even applying in May of 2013 to fill a services district vacancy created when Dee Dee Ricci resigned.
The advisory council later gave McLaughlin a custom-designed wood plaque in honor of his long service to and impact on the small community he loved.
Likewise, he valued the groups in which he participated. After a particularly contentious NCAC meeting in April 2014, McLaughlin emailed that, as the “oldest sitting member” of the council, he thought “there comes a time when we all need to step back and reflect on the mission of the NCAC and why we all are part of it. We are all volunteers and (are) hopefully here for the same reason, that is, for the betterment of this lovely community we are all blessed to inhabit.
“Being human, we all have our personal agendas. However this is certainly not the venue to express those agendas, and personal attacks are certainly out of order. I have always enjoyed being a part of this organization because of the collegiality and unity of purpose that I found as a member.”
McLaughlin was a Northrup Grumman purchasing agent for 20 years. After he retired, he and his wife lived in Guatemala for a while before moving to San Simeon in February 1998.
He is survived by Marina McLaughlin, his wife of 47 years; daughters Judith McLaughlin (James Pickell) of Bainbridge Island, Wash., and Mary McLaughlin of Irvine; and three grandsons. He was predeceased by his parents and daughter Heidi McLaughlin.
Services will be private. Family members say that people who wish to donate in his memory could do so to Doctors Without Borders, Hospice or a charity of their choice.