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.

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  1. To Paige and family,Our sincerest condolences. I will always remember your Dad as a very funny man who loved to laugh, joke, and enjoyed life to the fullest. Thoughts/prayers to you all. Karen Zentgraf and family

  2. Such wonderful memories of living across the street from Mr. McGartland in Cold Spring Harbor. He always made us laugh and I have such fun recollection of going shopping with him to King Kullen where he would sing and dance for the checkout ladies! I always remember his saying ‘don’t take any wooden nickels’.. Love to all the McG family.xoxo

  3. ‘Gimme a dollar!’Uncle Red asked for dollars from at least three generations of children to ‘dance with that dolly’ and every single one of them LOVED it!His joy and happiness were contagious. The smiles of everyone he touched, immeasurable. ΓÖÑ to the girls and their families.~ Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.(Dr Seuss)

  4. We lost dad 6 years ago, it’s never easy and to this day I still miss him. I am so sorry for your loss and I am here for all of you.

  5. Red you will be missed but never ever forgotten. Remembering so many fun and fond times with you and Ducky, and Debi and family.

  6. To Brooke, Stacey, Leslie, Jody, Paige and Blair, Oh how he will be missed. You all made our lives a better one. I love you all .

  7. I will never forget all of my visits to Cold Spring Harbor growing up, and visiting the McGartland family when I stayed with Clark’s. Your father was a special man and I will always remember him! He lived a very good life.

  8. Daddy, You were an incredible man and wonderful father. I was always amazed how you were able handle each of us girls (your daughters) individually and never compared us to one another. You taught all of us to strong willed and highly independent. That is something I will always be grateful to you for. You always managed to make the best out of any situation regardless of what was going on. The love and laughter you brought to our family, the songs, the stories, the life lessons, I will cherish forever. I will Love and miss you forever.

  9. Dear Brooke, Stacey, Leslie, Jodi, Paige and Blair… Our deepest condolences on the loss of your wonderful Dad. He was a huge part of the great memories we all have from Glen Way. I will never forget ‘ I’m gonna dance with Dolly with the hole in her socky and her knees keep a rocky…’ Always made me laugh. I recall ‘ Mur’ calling him ‘LAWRENCE!!!! Piling in his little red car going to King Kullen and Eagle Dock… Clambakes!!! Best of all watching Steelers vs Cowboys game and we dressed as cowboys cheerleaders and Lynne ‘ oohda king’ as Tom Landry. Boy do I wish we had photos of that. Your Dad has left wonderful memories and will surely be missed. I miss you girls!!! If you get this, would love to hear from you. or 561-531-0068. Love you all. Mute

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