Samuel L. Coiro, Sr.

May 8, 2012

U.S. Veteran

US Navy

World War II Veteran

SAMUEL L. COIRO, SR. – in Woburn, May 8th. Beloved husband of Edith L. (Fresenga) Coiro. Devoted father of Samuel Coiro, Jr. and his wife Candee of Tewksbury, Gayle Hackworth and her husband John of Woburn, LuAnne Barkalow and her husband Ed of Sarasota, FL, and Stephen Coiro and his wife Suzanne of Salem. Dear brother of Louis Coiro and his wife Jean of Tewksbury, Angela Toomagian and her husband Kirk of FL, Louise Madrid of NH, and the late Rose Olson and Carmella Lockey. Cherished grandfather of Edward and Michael Malloy, Kerri Nichols, Aprile Linehan, Heather Jones, Jesse Coiro, LiAnne McInerney, and Brittany Coiro. Also survived by 11 great-grandchildren. Dear uncle of Angela Layne of Stoughton and several other nieces and nephews and their families. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Saturday, May 12th at 7:45 a.m. Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 8:30 a.m. Calling hours are Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Sam’s memory to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

OBITUARY:

Samuel L. Coiro, Sr., a lifelong resident of Woburn’s South End, passed away peacefully at Winchester Hospital early Tuesday, May 8th, following a long illness. The beloved husband of Edith L. (Fresenga) Coiro, he was eighty-five years of age.

Born in Woburn in the house in which he lived his entire life, he was one of seven children of the late Louis and Angela (Yebba) Coiro. He attended Woburn schools and was a proud veteran of World War II, having served with the US Navy. Sam met his bride when she was a young lady working at Jerome’s Restaurant, once located in Woburn Center near the Strand Theatre. High school sweethearts, they married and settled in the South End of Woburn where they raised their four children and were devoted to one another for sixty-four years.

Until his retirement twenty years ago, Sam had worked for twenty-five years for Modern Laminated Products Corp. in Wakefield, a cabinet-making business. Previously he was associated with Independent Tallow Company, where he was employed for many years.

He was a man who did everything himself, from woodworking and building to plumbing, wallpapering, and wiring. His favorite pastime was working in his garage, building furniture or repairing various items in his home. He also had a “green thumb,” and took great pride in his gardens, especially his tomato plants.

His family vacationed at their home in Dennisport on the Cape for many years. Although he grumbled occasionally about taking the trip there, he once again could not sit still once he arrived, and spent countless hours building decks and making repairs to the house, enlisting any and all family and friends to be his helpers. Many wonderful memories were created on these family vacations. Sam was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather who was affectionately known to everyone as “Fre,” a nickname coined by his oldest grandchild many years ago.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Anthony Coiro, and two sisters, Rose Olson and Carmella Lockey.

Surviving, in addition to his beloved wife Edith, are four children: Samuel Coiro, Jr. and his wife Candee of Tewksbury, Gayle Hackworth and her husband John of Woburn, LuAnne Barkalow and her husband Ed of Sarasota, Florida, and Stephen Coiro and his wife Suzanne of Salem, a brother, Louis Coiro and his wife Jean of Tewksbury, and two sisters, Angela Toomagian and her husband Kirk of Florida and Louise Madrid of New Hampshire.

He was the cherished grandfather of Edward Malloy of Wilmington, Michael Malloy of Merrimac, Kerri Nichols of Sandown, New Hampshire, Aprile Linehan of Sarasota, Florida, Heather Jones of Maitland, Florida, Jesse Coiro of Nashua, New Hampshire, LiAnne McInerney of Lynn, and Brittany Coiro of Salem, and also leaves eleven treasured great-grandchildren. Sam was the dear uncle of Angela Layne of Stoughton and several other nieces and nephews and their families.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Saturday, May 12th at 7:45 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 8:30 a.m. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Donations may be made in Sam’s memory to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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  1. From: Johnny & Suellen DeVito

    Dearest Sammy,

    You were more than an uncle to me – you were such a good friend. From the visits to me when I lived alone on the Cape to fixing things in the houses that I lived in, you left your “stamp” on them. We always had good laughs together remembering my Dad, Recca and granddad, Louie and the stories we both had. Thank you for being there for me.

    Sammy, you and Edith welcomed me into John’s life and were warm and kind to me. I just adored you and so enjoyed your visits when we lived on the Cape. Thank you for making me feel part of the family.

    You are loved. You will be missed. Now you, Dad and Louie, swapping stories.

    Love,
    Johnny & Suellen

  2. Luanne and Aprile,
    Deepest sympathies, fond memories, and warm thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time.

  3. To all of you,
    Uncle Sammy was a great brother and funny uncle. We will miss him so much. He truly is the last in his family of “that era”. He kept our dads spirit alive for they had alot of the same opinions and weren’t afraid to voice them. We only can be greatful knowing that the two brothers are once again united. Auntie Rosie and Auntie Dolly will once again have their brothers with them again,
    our condolensces,
    Maria Anthony Desirae and Paul

  4. My deepest sympathies to all of you during this very difficult time. The old neighborhood won’t be the same without Sammy. May all of your wonderful memories help you through this tough time ahead. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. From: Johnny & Suellen DeVito

    Dearest Sammy,

    You were more than an uncle to me – you were such a good friend. From the visits to me when I lived alone on the Cape to fixing things in the houses that I lived in, you left your “stamp” on them. We always had good laughs together remembering my Dad, Recca and granddad, Louie and the stories we both had. Thank you for being there for me.

    Sammy, you and Edith welcomed me into John’s life and were warm and kind to me. I just adored you and so enjoyed your visits when we lived on the Cape. Thank you for making me feel part of the family.

    You are loved. You will be missed. Now you, Dad and Louie, swapping stories.

    Love,
    Johnny & Suellen

  6. Linda Fennelly,
    To the Coiro Family….I am so sad to hear that Sammy passed away. I have such great memories of you all on Garfield Ave when my family first moved to Woburn when I was 8 years old. You were one of the first families we met and made friends with right away. I will never forget Sammy as being a little grumpy at times when we all ran around his beautiful yard..but in a nice way. My deepest condolences to you all, including the grandkids that are like family to us. He will be missed I know. Love to you all.

  7. From: The Solorzano Family

    ..Sammy was a wonderful man, a dear prescence in our lives for many, many years…we loved and respected him always…he will be missed…

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