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1 of 12 | Posted by: Joe McGarry - Friend

“Martha, so sorry to learn of Rory's passing. He was so proud of you and your family. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. ”
2 of 12 | Posted by: Christine Kelley-King - Belmont, MA

“Thinking of fond memories visiting Martha and Rory in greater Pittsburgh in the early 1980's and the start of a great family for Martha and Rory. My...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: David Redding - Sarasota, FL

“I look across the street, and my memory of Rory is that of a wonderful husband and father, that I was fortunate to have as a neighbor. He was the...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Lillian Jordan - Friend

“I worked with Rory for several years at BTMUCC. He was a really great guy, I am very sorry for your loss. Tom ”
5 of 12 | Posted by: Tom Kalinowski

“I looked up to Rory in High School as a role model. He was good friends with my brother Matt. I am in Lourdes France today and shall remember him and...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Deacon Chris Giannola - Flagstaff, AZ

“A great classmate, an excellent scholar, and a worthy nemesis across the football trenches... he will be missed. ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: SCOTT SUNDERLAND - Harbor Beach, MI

“To Martha and family, I am so sorry to hear of Rory´s passing. I had the pleasure of working with and for him during his time at BTMU. He was such...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Katherine McCabe

“Rory is a wonderful man and so gracious while we all raised our children with energy and passion. Always helping and giving at such a great phase in...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Barbara Ruchie - Largo, FL

“Rory and I worked together at Mellon Bank in the early '80s. He was a fantastic team member - very smart, hard working, very funny and fun loving. ...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Larry Loeser - Chapel Hill, NC

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Laughna family. Rory was a great co worker, mentor and all around good guy. We loved his sense of humor, his...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: James Mason

“I grew up in the same neighborhood with Rory in Monroe Michigan. I was fortunate enough to participate in all sports with him on Riverview Avenue and...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Nick Basile - Marina Del Rey, CA


Rory Paul Laughna, of Westwood, MA died peacefully in Boston, surrounded by his family, on June 13, 2022, at age 67.

Rory was born on January 17, 1955, in Toledo, OH, the son of Hugh J. Laughna, Sr., and Marie Baron Laughna. In 1973, he graduated from Monroe Catholic Central High School, where he was an outstanding student, class president, and competed on the football, wrestling, and track teams. He graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1977, with a degree in economics. At Dartmouth Rory played football and was president of the Dartmouth Rugby Club. He was a much-loved member of Theta Delta Chi fraternity, the Casque & Gauntlet Senior Society, and Aquinas House, the Catholic Student Center.

After graduation from college he attended the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and obtained a master's degree in business administration. Most importantly, in Ann Arbor he met an undergraduate, Martha Redding, who would become the love of his life. They were married in Winnetka, Illinois, in 1980, and moved to Pittsburgh, where Rory began a long and successful career in finance, first with Mellon Bank in commercial lending and project finance. Rory and Martha later moved their family to Westwood, Massachusetts, when Rory joined BTM Capital Management in Boston, and where he rose to President. He retired from BTM in 2012. Upon retirement from BTM, he joined college friends in the founding and management of True North Ales in Ipswich, MA, retiring in 2021.

Rory served as a Eucharistic Minister and finance committee member for St. Margaret Mary Parish in Westwood. He had a deep faith that was an inspiration to his family and friends. Rory also served on Town of Westwood boards on transportation and personnel. He was a member of the board of directors of Family of Friends, Inc., an organization in Sanford, FLA providing residents a safe place to live their life independently while still continuing to receive the care needed, founded by his father Hugh.

Throughout his life, Rory was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. His children and grandchild were his special delight, and he relished his role as their mentor, biggest fan, and steadfast friend. He was a man of great humor and keen intellect, known for a mischievous twinkle in his eye and knowing grin.

Rory is survived by his wife Martha, their four children and his granddaughter, all of whom he loved so well: Ryan and his wife Goldie and granddaughter Remy, of Plano, Texas; Andrew of Detroit, Michigan; and Mary and Sara of Boston.

Rory is also survived by his sister Shauna Laughna of Casselberry, Florida, and many loving cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and his older brother Hugh J. Laughna, Jr.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Visiting Hours at St. Margaret Mary Church, 845 High St., Westwood, MA on Sunday, June 19th from 2-5pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday morning June 20th at 10am also at St. Margaret Mary Church, Westwood. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rory's memory to:

Dana Farber Cancer Institute, www.danafarber.org
Family of Friends, 2340 Celery Ave., Sanford, FL 32771

Holden-Dunn-Lawler
www.hdlfuneralhome.net