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.
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.