Irene McLaughlin never drove or repaired one of Newsday’s delivery trucks. But she helped make the newspaper’s transportation department roll as smoothly as the printing presses.
The Long Beach resident, a secretary in the department for more than two decades, maintained payroll and fueling records and helped file reports with the state Department of Transportation, among a host of daily tasks that endeared her to colleagues.
“She somehow seemed to fit in perfectly,” said her boss, Newsday director of transportation Michael Donohue. He called McLaughlin “probably one of the sweetest, most caring, genuine people we’ve had working here. A salt of the earth kind of person.”
He added, “For a period of time, nothing ran in transportation without Irene.”
McLaughlin, who retired in 2013, died of cancer Monday at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park. She was 69.
Her sister, Patricia Kastenbaum of Long Beach, said McLaughlin was a “hard worker” who put in extra hours at the office. Her dedication to her job…
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