Capt. Edwin William McLaughlin II, retired president of Tidewater Construction Co.

Edwin William McLaughlin II, passed away on September 29, 2015, surrounded by his family. Captain McLaughlin was born in Kingston, Pennsylvania in 1935.

He graduated from Forty Fort High School and went on to earn a BS in Civil Engineering from Penn State University, an MS in Civil Engineering from Purdue University, and was a registered engineer in the State of Virginia.

Captain McLaughlin joined the Navy in 1958 and served 23 years in the Civil Engineering Corps and Navy Seabees. He was a decorated veteran serving in Vietnam and locations around the world. He retired from the Navy in 1982 and was awarded the Navy Legion of Merit Award.

He began work at Tidewater Construction Company, and later became president of the company, retiring in 2007 after 25 years. Over his engineering career, Capt. McLaughlin was responsible for many significant civil engineering works including the Coleman Bridge replacement in Yorktown, Virginia and the Cooper River Bridge in Charleston, SC.

Capt. Ed was a beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He is survived by his sister, Catherine McLaughlin of Rock Hall, MD; his brother, George McLaughlin of Great Oaks, MD; his son, Ed McLaughlin III of Virginia Beach; and his grandson, Liam McLaughlin IV of Virginia Beach; his daughter, Virginia Hawley and son-in-law, John Hawley; and grandsons, John Hawley, Brendan Hawley, and Owen Hawley of Virginia Beach; his son, Philip McLaughlin of Carrboro, NC; and his sailing mate and devoted companion, Marlissee Flowers of Virginia Beach.

Capt. Ed was an avid sailor; he also enjoyed fishing, gardening, traveling and spending time with family and friends. He will be sorely missed.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 10, 2015, at the Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home on Great Neck Road in Virginia Beach.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home.

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