Ralph S. Coakley Jr.

November 15, 2008

Ralph S. Coakley Jr.
U.S. Veteran

US Army

Korean War Veteran

RALPH S. COAKLEY JR. – in Woburn, Saturday, November 15th, beloved husband of Trudy M. (Mulrenan) Coakley. Devoted father of Valerie E. Ouellette and her husband Ronald of Lewiston, ME and Ralph S. Coakley III and his wife Elizabeth of Woburn. Loving brother of Bernadette Alcaide and Corrine Beaton, both of TX. Cherished grandfather of Melissa R., Patrick M., and Kristina M. Ouellette, Colleen E. and Christopher D. Coakley and the late Daniel P. Coakley. Dear nephew of Melvin “Ski” Dulong and his wife Margy of Woburn. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn on Wednesday, November 19th at 10:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, 100 Washington St., Woburn at 11:30. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Mr. Coakley’s memory to St. Joseph’s Church, 22 Central St., Woburn, MA 01801.

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OBITUARY:

Ralph S. Coakley, Jr., a lifelong resident of Woburn, passed away quietly at home with his family by his side on Saturday, November 15th. The beloved husband of Trudy M. (Mulrenan) Coakley, he was seventy-six years of age.

Born in Woburn, Ralph was the son of the late Ralph S., Sr. and Irene (Dulong) Coakley. A graduate of Woburn High School, Class of 1950, Ralph was an outstanding athlete on both the Woburn High School Baseball and Football Teams. After graduating, he was employed as a groundman for the Edison Light Company in Waltham for a brief time before entering the United States Army where he served his country during the Korean War.

Following the his military service, Ralph returned to Woburn where he resumed his position at Edison, a company he remained with for his entire career of forty-three years before retiring in 1995.

In 1955, Ralph married his beloved wife, Trudy, to whom he was devoted for fifty-three years. They made their home in East Woburn, where they raised their two children. The Coakley family enjoyed summering in Essex at Conomo Point and on Long Beach in Rockport. Ralph and his wife shared a love for cruising, exclusively on the Holland Cruise Line, and visited many warm weather destinations such as Hawaii and the Panama. In 2000, the entire family joined together for a vacation cruise.

Ralph, who was an accomplished athlete and avid bowler in his younger years, thoroughly enjoyed viewing sports on television, especially the Boston Red Sox. In later years, Ralph and his wife were blessed with grandchildren, with whom they spent much time. He followed all of their activities with great joy and never missed an athletic or school event.

Ralph had tremendous pride in his family who were the hub of his life, coupled with a strong religious faith. He was a devoted parishioner of St. Joseph’s Parish, as well as a member of the St. Joseph’s Holy Name Society and a lifelong member and past President of the Woburn Towanda Club.

Ralph was predeceased by his grandson, Daniel P. Coakley.

He is lovingly survived by his wife Trudy M. (Mulrenan) Coakley, his children, Valerie E. Ouellette and her husband Ronald of Lewiston, ME and Ralph S. Coakley III and his wife Elizabeth of Woburn, his sisters, Bernadette Alcaide and Corrine Beaton, both of TX, his grandchildren, Melissa R., Patrick M., and Kristina M. Ouellette, Colleen E. and Christopher D. Coakley and his uncle, Melvin “Ski” Dulong and his wife Margy of Woburn.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn on Wednesday, November 19th at 10:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, 100 Washington St., Woburn at 11:30. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Mr. Coakley’s memory to St. Joseph’s Church, 22 Central St., Woburn, MA 01801.

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  1. Please know that you and your family continue to be in out thoughts and prayers.

    Lovingly,
    Sharon, Joe, Emma and Sophie

  2. Mrs Coakley, Aunt Val, and family

    Our thoughts and prayers to your family.

    Much love
    Danielle (ouellette) and Paul Athanasiadis

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