Daniel David McLaurin was born on January 27, 1955, to the late Lauramar A. Harding-Hinds and Daniel D. Oates in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He was the youngest of three siblings. Daniel grew up in Cambridge, MA, where he graduated from Cambridge Latin High School in 1973. He enlisted in the United States Army on June 10, 1974, and was stationed at Fort Dix, NJ. He served one year and two months in Germany and was honorably discharged on June 9, 1976, with a National Defense Service Medal.
Daniel returned to the Boston area after his military service. He studied at Fisher College and earned his Associate Degree in Business Management, and later earned his MA Construction Supervisor License. Daniel was employed by X-Tech Inc. in Randolph as an Assembly Inspector, and at Basement Technologies in Brockton as a Service Technician, before retiring in 2020 from his role as Construction Laborer at Jamaica Plain Veterans Hospital in Roxbury.
Daniel had a big personality - he loved to laugh and have fun with his friends and loved ones and had the kind of infectious energy that could fill a room. Daniel enjoyed playing league basketball on Sundays with his friends at Washington Park in Roxbury, and was especially proud when they won a few trophies. He was an avid reader, loved music, and played the drums when he was younger. He also loved to cook and ride motorcycles. He especially enjoyed the work and volunteer time he spent at the New England Center and Home for Veterans in Boston.
Daniel departed this life unexpectedly on Thursday, March 9, 2023. He was preceded in death by his mother Lauramar A. Harding-Hinds, his father Daniel D. Oates, and his sister Erma E. Strickland-Jones. He leaves behind his sister Victoria McLaurin of Milton, MA; his step-son Robert Bennett of Milton, MA; his daughter Saquora Lowe-McLaurin of Milford, MA; his daughter Ashanti Wilson of Boston; his son Daniel McLaurin of Boston; his son Aiden McLaurin; and his daughter Aleah McLaurin of Milford, MA. He also leaves behind six grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and a host of family and friends.
Daniel’s family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to all of those who have been there for us. May God bless each of you for your thoughts, prayers, and support during this time of grief and loss.
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