Kelvin Cooperage in Louisville, Kentucky is mourning the loss of their leader President and Chief Morale Office Kevin McLaughlin. Kelvin Cooperage has been family run since it was founded in 1963 on the banks of the River Kelvin in Glasgow, Scotland. Kelvin has served the major distilleries in Scotland, Ireland and worldwide continuously since its formation.
Kelvin Cooperage released the following statement.
“It is with unfathomably heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our fearless leader and self-appointed Chief Morale Officer, Kevin McLaughlin. His battle with cancer ended this morning surrounded by family and encompassed in love. We are rather proud but not surprised of the brave fight he gave over the last several months.
Kevin spent his life cherishing his wife, Amy, and his sons, Kyle and Charles. He spent most of his life living out his dream of developing and growing Kelvin Cooperage alongside his brother, Paul McLaughlin. Let’s all raise a glass today for Kevin, and remember the kind, easy-going, and unfailingly entertaining man he was. Cheers to you, dear friend.”
Kevin Edward McLaughlin was born on December 22, 1963 in Glasgow, Scotland. Kevin passed away peacefully at the age of 56 on Friday, December 27, 2019, surrounded by his family.
Kevin served his cooper apprenticeship in Scotland. In 1991, Kelvin relocated to Kentucky in order to take advantage of Louisville’s proximity to bourbon country and to the supply of American oak for barrel production. His brother Paul McLaughlin joined the family business in June of 2001.
He spent his career in the family cooperage business and was President and self appointed Chief Morale Officer of Kelvin Cooperage, working to grow the bourbon barrel business. He lived life to the fullest and had a sense of humor which defined his personality, enabling him to battle cancer for the last ten months.
Kelvin Cooperage now supplies barrels to leading craft distilleries and wineries throughout the world.
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