December 13, 2024 ~ November 8, 2014
LAWRENCE PAUL McGARTLAND 'RED'Lawrence Paul McGartland, 89, Smithtown NY, passed away Saturday November 8, 2014. The son of Irish immigrants, James and Bridget McGartland, he grew up in Swissvale, PA, the youngest of 8 children. He was very proud of his Irish heritage. Red enlisted in the Army after High School. He met his wife of 57 years, Muriel (Ducky) Vollmer while at Waynesburg College in PA. He earned his Bachelor's degree in 3 years. Moved to New York and began his Professional career in the field of Property Insurance. He worked in Manhattan for 30 years. Red enjoyed going to Pittsburgh every summer for the Family Reunion and spending time with his brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and cousins. He loved all sports and was a true Steelers fan no matter where he lived. He liked to tell stories and make people laugh. And we cannot forget the famous song and dance' Give me a dollar and I tell you what I am going to do'. All the children, friends and family loved it. Red and Ducky retired to North Carolina in 1987 and he began his new job as he called it, playing golf 5 days a week. Lived in Virginia for a while and eventually made it back to Long Island and lived with his daughter Paige and her family. Red was kind, considerate, thoughtful and patient individual. He was very social and was involved with the Knights of Columbus and taught CYO classes. He is survived by his daughters Brooke Cook, Stacey McGartland, Leslie Shilling, Jodi Baettcher, Paige Hladky and Blair Fitzgerald; his grandchildren, Kyle and Ian Cook, Tyler and Cooper Schilling, Amandamae and Ariadae Baettcher, Nicholas, Evan and Trevor Hladkly, Liam, Tommy and Rylee Fitzgerald, Jared and Ashley Brooks, his great-grandson Kaysin William, his son in-law's Gary Cook, Rich Brooks, Grant Schilling, Jim Baettcher, Bob Hladky and Tom Fitzgerald; all of whom he loved very much.With the care giving support of Paige and Bob and Hospice, Red was able to continue staying in his home until the end of his life. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Hospice Care Network, Long Island NY or to your local Hospice chapter on his behalf.