WESTFIELD – Richard E. Coughlin, 66, of 54 Sherwood Avenue, passed away suddenly on August 24, 2012 at Norwood Hospital. His parents were the late William P. Coughlin of Greenfield, MA and Mary (Leyden) Coughlin of Springfield, MA.
Richard was born in Greenfield, MA and graduated from Greenfield High School and Assumption College, where he played hockey. He was an Army Veteran who served overseas in Germany. Richard was an IT Professional over the course of his career. He was an active member of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish, where he served as a Eucharistic Minister. He coached Westfield Youth Soccer and served a stint as President of the soccer league.
Richard is survived by his wife, Norma (Byron) Coughlin. He was a loving husband, devoted father and adoring grandfather. Richard was the proud father of two wonderful children, Brock Coughlin and his wife Melissa of Medfield, MA and Matthew Coughlin and his wife Celia of Chantilly, VA; as well as six grandchildren, Shea, Chase, Raegan, Callaghan, Hadley and Taylor. He is also survived by his three brothers and one sister; Robert Coughlin of Venice, FL, William Coughlin of Sarasota, FL, Jane McDonough of Greenfield, MA, James Coughlin of Lexington, MA, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. He is predeceased by one brother, Thomas Coughlin of West Hollywood, CA. Richard was known for his kind and caring nature and was a passionate Boston sports enthusiast, as well an avid New York Giants fan. He will be greatly missed by his friends and family.
His funeral will be held on Thursday, August 30th at 9:00 a.m. from the Firtion-Adams Funeral Home, 76 Broad Street, Westfield, MA, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial in Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at the Old Hadley Cemetery in Hadley, MA. Calling hours will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, August 29th from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Donations may be made to the Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish, 127 Holyoke Road, Westfield MA 01085. The American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701 or the American Heart Association, 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01071.