Robert J. ‘Bob’ Coughlin

October 4, 2016

Robert J. ‘Bob’ Coughlin
U.S. Veteran

US Army

Korean War Veteran

Robert J. Coughlin – in Woburn, October 4th, at eighty six years of age. Beloved husband of the late Eleanor (Perrier) Coughlin and the late Jean D. (McMahon) Coughlin. Devoted father of Robert J. Coughlin, his partner Ellen Hull of Woburn, Frank Botta, his wife Ellie of Saugus, Toni Carballeira, her husband Fernando of NH, Paul Botta, his wife Lisa of NH and the late Carol Brogna. Dear brother of the late Edward L. Coughlin, his wife Diane, the late Arthur F. Coughlin Jr. and the late Richard W. Coughlin. Cherished brother in law of Joyce Coughlin. Also lovingly survived by thirteen grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, Saturday, October 8th at 10:30 a.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call Friday, October 7th from 4:00-8:00 p.m at Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn

OBITUARY;

Robert J. Coughlin passed away at the Winchester Hospital, Tuesday afternoon, October 4th after a brief illness. The beloved husband of the late Eleanor “Bootsie”(Perrier) Coughlin and Jean D. (McMahon) Coughlin, he was eighty five years of age.

Born in Arlington, Bob was one of four sons born to the late Arthur F. and Josephine (Talamona) Coughlin. Born and raised in Arlington Bob attended St. Agnes Elementary and Junior High School, graduating from Arlington High School in 1947. After high school Bob, enlisted in the Army having served during the Korean War.

Following his discharge Bob persued his degree in Finance at Boston University, having graduated Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Science Degree, in 1957

He started right in at a national accounting firm where he remained for ten years; the on to brokerage firms and eventually became an independent CPA with his office in Woburn.

In 1959 he married Jean McMahon, who sadly passed away several years after they were married and then in 1982 he married “Bootsie,” to whom he was devoted to for over the next twenty years. Together they shared and loved five wonderful children. Holidays , birthdays and all family events were spent together at the homestead and as the years got along Bob and Bootsie travelled to the children’s homes as the families had grown with now the addition of grandchildren, and later great grandchildren.

Bob was an extremely bright man, who paid great attention to detail not just in his professional career, but all the time! In, about and around the house Bob could fix anything! From electrical to plumbing and car engines to lawnmowers, if it needed repair, Bob was the man! Not only at his own home but for anyone who was in need, his home or theirs.

Bob’s faith was also very important in his life. St. Barbara’s Parish was truly a wonderful place of worship and friendship over the years. His very kind and generous ways were a constant and a very important part of who Bob was.

Over the years Bob had enjoyed memberships at Meadowbrook Country Club and Woburn Country. When time presented itself, Bob enjoyed playing a round with his children, friends and clients over the years.

Sadly Bob was predeceased not only by his parents and wives but also his daughter Carol Brogna, dear brothers Arthur F., Richard W., and Edward L. Coughlin and sister in law Diane Coughlin.

Bob was the devoted father of Robert J. Coughlin, his partner Ellen Hull of Woburn, Frank Botta, his wife Ellie of Saugus, Toni Carballeira, her husband Fernando of NH, Paul Botta, his wife Lisa of NH. Cherished brother in law of Joyce Coughlin. Also lovingly survived by thirteen grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, October 8th at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, at 10:30 a.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call Friday evening, October 7th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

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  1. We never lose the ones we love . . . We feel their warmth in the rays of the sun, we see their smiles in the twinkling stars, and we feel their touch in the brush of a breeze. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Bobby during this very difficult time. May you be comforted by the beautiful memories that will always be in your thoughts, and the special love that will always be in your heart.

  2. Dear Bobby,

    I am very sorry for the loss of your dad. He was a wonderful man and neighbor. We are losing so many people in our neighborhood but the memories are with us forever. Sending blessings and sympathy for your loss. Sincerely Pam Dever Dooley and family.

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