John Coughlin

Obituary of John F. Coughlin

John Francis Coughlin 1932-2021


John "Jack" Coughlin passed peacefully away on Friday February 12th at 8:55PM of complications from lung cancer.  Son of James and Helen, John was the second oldest of four siblings.


John was raised in the Irish Catholic Community of Jersey City, New Jersey. After the death of his mother in 1944, John, along with his siblings and father, moved in with his paternal grandparents Peter and Kate Coughlin. John graduated from both Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School and St. Peter's Prep in Jersey City before enlisting in the army during the Korean War.


John met his wife at Truax Field Air Force Base in 1956 and raised two daughters, Catherine Marie Coughlin of Madison Wisconsin and Theresa Anne Kollars of Salem, Oregon. He quickly excelled during his service and retired Sergeant First Class. After an illustrious lifetime and multitude of careers, John finally retired from the California Department of Corrections in 1997.


John is predeceased by his father, James Joseph Coughlin, Mother Helen Coughlin nee Cronin and by his brother's Peter Coughlin of Arvada Colorado and James Coughlin of Ormand Beach, Florida. He is also predeceased by his former wife Donna Marie Mork nee Bigley in 2012.


John is survived by his sister Catherine Frances of New Jersey, daughters, Catherine Marie Coughlin and her husband Tim, Theresa Anne Kollars and her husband Steve; Grandchildren, Sean, Michael, and George, seven Great grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews, and his beagle, Banjo.


Family was incredibly important to John. Besides spending time with them, he was best known for his wonderful sense of humor and love for people. He enjoyed a variety of interests in Irish literature, poetry, history, travel with his grandsons, music, and current events. He never, ever forgot a birthday! There was never a challenge too insurmountable for John, and there was not a soul he would not protect. John was greatly loved and will never be forgotten. 


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