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Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home

382 First Parish Road, Scituate, MA

OBITUARY

Richard "Dick" Augustus Coughlin

July 9, 1930November 28, 2019
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Richard A. Coughlin, age 89, of Scituate passed away in his home surrounded by his loving, adoring family on November 28, 2019.

Formerly of Mattapan, he is predeceased and now happy reunited with his wife of 55 years Barbara M. (Connolly,) his sons John Francis, Dennis, and daughter in law Debbie Coughlin. He is survived by his children Marian (Tom) Fitzgerald of Scituate, daughter in law Cathy Coughlin of Ocala, FL, William (Laura) Coughlin of Weymouth, Richard Coughlin of Boston, Barbara Coughlin of Scituate, Mark (Michelle) Coughlin of Hingham, Nancy (Mike) Taus of Oak Bluff, Susan (Brian) Murray of Scituate, Karen (Harry) Diemer of Hull, Shelly (Steven) O’Brien of Scituate, Jay (Kate) Coughlin of San Pedro, CA and Jodi (Jay) Craft of Hanover.

“Umpa” is also loved and blessed by his village of 24 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. The youngest of 10 children, he is predeceased by his parents Catherine and Francis Coughlin, sisters Mildred Chabre, Beatrice Howe, Henrietta Kobbs, Marie Lewando, Eleanor McCabe and his brothers Francis, Joseph, William and John Coughlin.

Richard began his professional life with New England Telephone Company, where he was employed for 35 years as a construction manager. After his retirement at age 58, he formed Coughlin Consultant Services and served as a mentor, expert witness and lecturer in commercial real estate and construction. He also served as Executive Director of the Dispute and Avoidance Resolution Task Force; a national organization located in Washington, D.C.

A man who viewed education as the key to success, he graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology after serving in the US Army. He then went on to become a licensed Professional Engineer, also earning his degree at Suffolk University and MBA at Northeastern University. It is this value of education and its impact in changing lives that led to his finest legacy. It was in 2000 that he formed Operation Progress, a nonprofit organization that he founded with his son, Officer Jay “Johnnie” Coughlin, LAPD; a scholarship and mentoring program for underprivileged youth in southeast LA and worked tirelessly and humbly in his efforts to achieve the immense success this program has accomplished to date.

A special thank you to Old Colony Hospice and his nurse Alyssa for their support during this journey. The family would also like to thank our extended family of nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends. We are so grateful for your support.

Visitation will be Wednesday Dec. 4, 2019 from 2-8 PM at Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home, 382 First Parish Road, Scituate. Funeral Mass at St. Anthony’s Church, 10 Summer St., Cohasset on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 10 AM. He will be laid to rest in Cudworth Cemetery.

Donations in his memory may be made to Operation Progress, 60 Linden Glen, Canton, MA 02021.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, December 4, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, December 5, 2019

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Frank McLaughlin

December 4, 2019

To all of Dick and Barbara's family,

Please accept the condolences of the McLaughlins, your old Mattapan neighbors our on your father's death . May Dick rest in peace with the one true God, the God of our ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac , and Jacob.

I'll remember Dick and Barbara and all the Coughlin family in my prayers.

Frank McLaughlin

barbara bird Birdbarbird1244@yahoo,com

December 2, 2019

What a beautiful man. He had some big footsteps to follow. He would be so proud of his family. Hope somewhere along the way he meets Kim our beautiful Kim.

Steve Fratalia

December 1, 2019

Sincerest condolences to the beautiful Coughlin family especially to my former work partner and dear friend Barbara Coughlin.
May your dad rest forever in the loving arms of our Lord.

Jodi Craft

November 30, 2019

Jodi Craft

November 30, 2019

Jodi Craft

November 30, 2019

Jodi Craft

November 30, 2019

Jodi Craft

November 30, 2019

Jodi Craft

November 30, 2019

Jodi Craft

November 30, 2019

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