Tara McLAUGHLIN ( TOBIN )
New South Wales Police Force
Regd. # 33782
Rank: Senior Constable – posthumously promoted to Sergeant 3rd Class
Stations: ?, Brisbane Water Local Area Command
Service: From ? ? 1999 to 21 May 2015 = 16+ years Service
Awards: No find on It’s An Honour
Died on: Thursday 21 May 2015 at Royal North Shore Hospital
Cause: Lung Cancer
Funeral date: Thursday 28 May 2015
Funeral location: Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Terrigal
Buried at: ?
Memorial: NSW Police force Service Memorial Wall, Sydney Police Centre, Surry Hills, A7 ( right wall )
Funeral location: ?
VALE SERGEANT TARA MCLAUGHLIN (TOBIN)
It was with heavy hearts we said farewell to our friend and colleague Sergeant Tara McLaughlin (Tobin).
It has been said that a candle can light a thousand more and not lose any of its brightness. Tara lit our hearts with the brightness of her spirit and made a difference to her community, as a police officer and Director of NSW Police Legacy.
Today ( 25 May 2015 ) we said farewell to Tara but she will not be forgotten. Not here on the Central Coast… not in the rest of the state … and not by generations to come.
Go gently from this place Tara, and know that the light you lit in our hearts will burn forever and your legacy will live on.
A loving wife and mother, a daughter and sister.
A prized friend and colleague.
A member of the New South Wales Police Force.
Our prayers are with you Tara. May you rest in peace
Senior Constable Tara McLaughlin died from lung cancer in hospital, prompting tributes from comrades
21 May 2015
The Daily Telegraph
THE NSW police community is mourning the death of a senior constable who has succumbed to lung cancer, leaving a husband and two young boys.
Snr Const Tara McLaughlin died this morning at Royal North Shore Hospital and is survived by husband Sean and sons Harry and Flynn.
She was also a former director of the NSW Police Legacy charity, which supports past and present police and families in time of tragedy and need.
A post announcing her death on the NSW Police Legacy Facebook page garnered thousands of comments paying tribute to her life and her service.
Superintendent Commander Daniel Lewis of the Brisbane Water command area paid tribute on his Facebook page, describing Snr Const McLaughlin as a “huge influence” on the organisation and the Police Legacy movement.
“Sean and Tara’s two sons Harry and Flynn will directly benefit from the amazing work done by Tara and as they grow older will come to know just how incredible their mother was as they benefit from the work NSW Police Legacy,” he said.
Snr Const McLaughlin began her career with NSW Police in 1999.
Friday, 25 September 2015
Tributes flow for ‘courageous’ lung cancer victim Sergeant Tara McLaughlin
Central Coast police officer Tara McLaughlin, who died of lung cancer last week, was farewelled by hundreds at a moving funeral on Thursday.
The mother-of-two, who helped countless police families through the loss of a loved one, was remembered for her own lasting legacy.
Members of the police community joined family and friends in Terrigal to farewell the 39-year-old who died from lung cancer leaving a husband and two boys.
The much-loved officer, who has been posthumously promoted to the rank of Sergeant, was attached to Brisbane Water LAC and was also a former director of the NSW Police Legacy charity, which supports past and present police and families in time of tragedy and need.
Proudly donning his mother’s police hat, three-year-old Flynn Tobin watched as hundreds of mourners, including more than 100 police, attended the police funeral with full honours in Terrigal.
Flanked by a sea of blue uniforms at Our Lady Star of the Sea Chapel at Terrigal Police Assistant Commissioner Max Mitchell gave the valedictory for his “caring, compassionate and courageous” friend and colleague.
“Tara was blessed with beautiful personality and had the ability to be admired by many,” he told the packed chapel.
He praised Sergeant McLaughlin’s “determined and honest” nature describing her as someone “who would listen to any problem and had a wonderful sense of humour”.
Police legatees who met Sgt McLaughlin through her work with NSW Police Legacy after losing members of their own family when they were young, paid tribute to “a wonderful role model” with a “gorgeous smile and open generous heart”.
“Tara was not simply a police officer but a person who inspired me,” said one. “It is with irony that today we welcome you into our police legatee family.”
Brisbane Water Commander Detective Superintendent Daniel Sullivan, who attended the funeral, said his colleague was a huge influence on the command would be forever remembered.
“Today we said farewell to Tara but she will not be forgotten. Not here on the Central Coast, not in the rest of the state, and not by generations to come,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
“Tara will leave behind a legacy that reaches far beyond the Brisbane Water LAC and into the Police Legacy family. Sean and Tara’s two sons Harry and Flynn will directly benefit from the amazing work done by Tara and as they grow older will come to know just how incredible their mother was as they benefit from the work of NSW Police Legacy.”
A friend speaking on behalf of Sgt McLaughlin’s husband Sean Tobin said she was his “best friend forever” while sister Melanie McLaughlin thanked everyone for the “amazing turnout”.
Sgt McLaughlin joined the NSW Police in 1999 and came to Brisbane Water command 10 years ago.
‘I find it very hard to talk about’: Mel McLaughlin opens up about the pain she feels after her older sister died from lung cancer last year
- Mel McLaughlin has been coping with death of her older sister Tara
- Tara McLaughlin died of cancer in May last year aged only 39 years old
- McLaughlin had been in spotlight after Chris Gayle controversy
- Gayle famously quipped ‘don’t blush baby’, during live TV interview
- Interview created a huge debate and reaction on social media
Channel 10 journalist Mel McLaughlin has revealed that the controversy that raged after her memorable interview with cricketer Chris Gayle was nothing compared to the personal tragedy she has had to cope with.
The Herald Sun reports that the reporter had more serious issues on her mind at the time, as she was still coming to terms with the death of her older sister Tara, 39, to a rare lung cancer in May last year, despite the fact she was not a smoker. Tara was a senior constable with the New South Wales Police.
‘I find it very hard to talk about,’ McLaughlin said. ‘The cancer she had has such a disgusting rate of death.’
She admitted though that it put the whole debate about her interview with Gayle in perspective.
In a live post-match interview with Gayle in January, the cricketer faced a widespread backlash for his ‘inappropriate’ remarks to McLaughlin, telling her she had beautiful eyes and famously quipping ‘don’t blush, baby’.
‘It was just an interview. I can handle myself, I’m fine. Everyone seemed to have an opinion so I just went the other way,’ she said.
‘I know I’m on TV but I’m not about that at all. I’m not in it to be famous and the extra attention horrified me. I love what I do and I’m passionate about it and that’s what’s important. I’ll come across (Gayle) again. It’s work. There’s no problem.’
Gayle later apologised for his remarks and was fined $10,000 by his Big Bash League club, the Melbourne Renegades, for ‘inappropriate conduct’.
However, the story didn’t end there. In the aftermath the sports journalist was thrust into the spotlight once again after offering to buy a former cricketer a drink after she got his name wrong on live TV.
During a post-match segment after the Big Bash clash between the Melbourne Renegades and the Adelaide Strikers last month McLaughlin slipped up and called Mark Waugh by Damien Fleming’s name.
The Channel 10 reporter, Waugh, and fellow panel guest Kevin Pietersen all dissolved into laughter with McLaughlin apologising and joking: ‘I’ll buy you a drink’.
Social media was quick to respond to McLaughlin’s comments, drawing parallels between her remarks and Gayle’s ‘don’t blush baby’, gaffe.