Timothy L. Coughlin, age 85

of Vero Beach, Fla.

Timothy L. Coughlin, age 85

Timothy L. Coughlin, age 85, of Vero Beach, Fla., formerly of Pembroke, died, Monday, March 29, 2021, at the Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital, from complications of COVID-19.

Timothy was born in South Boston, to the late Margaret (Sheehan) McEvoy and Charles H. Coughlin. Tim spent his childhood in South Boston and lived there until he entered the U.S. Marine Corps. Throughout his career in the airline industry, Tim received many academic achievements and also earned an Associate’s degree from Newbury College.

He had lived in Vero Beach, Fla. for six years, previously in Danville, N.H. for seventeen years, and earlier in Pembroke for over thirty years.

Tim was proud to have served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean conflict, assigned to the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing.

Following his honorable discharge from the U.S. Marine Corps, Tim began his career with Eastern Airlines in Miami, Fla., where he earned his A&P License. Later, he returned to his hometown of Boston and worked at Logan Airport for over thirty years, finishing his career with the United Parcel Service (UPS) in Philadelphia, Pa. He was highly-regarded in the aviation maintenance field and was frequently consulted by others throughout the industry relative to complex aircraft malfunctions.

Tim was an avid reader and once read the entire Bible because “Why would you buy it if you were not going to read it?” He attacked racquetball with every ounce of his competitive spirit and became quite good. He became a Civil War history buff and enjoyed traveling to interesting historical locations such as Gettysburg, Richmond, and Manassas. Tim was extremely keen on technology and he would spend endless hours on his computer and he became extremely technologically proficient. He could fix anything and stayed active in this regard, recently clearing some trees on his property. Tim adored his wife, Pat, and they traveled all over the world creating precious memories. Tim had a knack for telling humorous stories and jokes coupled with his infectious laugh. His sharp wit, laughter, joking, and love of family are irreplaceable.

Beloved husband for sixty-one years of Frances Patricia (Kiniry) Coughlin.

Devoted father of Timothy Coughlin and his wife Joyce of Hollywood, Fla., Michael Coughlin and his wife Katherine of Concord, N.H., and Catherine Gage of Danville, N.H.

Tim was the loving grandfather of six as well as the great-grandfather of six and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

The last of four siblings, he was predeceased by Jeanne (Coughlin) Kelley, James McEvoy Jr., and Elizabeth (McEvoy) McDonnell.

At the request of the family, funeral services and interment, with military honors, will take place privately. A celebration of Timothy’s life will be held at a later date.


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  • It was a rocky start when I joined this family. There were 3 funerals in the first two or three months Johnny (Tim’s grandson) and I were dating. I didn’t know anyone, and often didn’t have appropriate funeral attire. Tim didn’t care a lick about that, though. He was happy to laugh and joke and tell me stories of him and whomever had passed. It was still a bit awkward for me, but it helped.

    As the years went on, I came to really appreciate Tim’s wit and sense of humor. He was never the one to talk loudest, but if you made sure you were next to him at the right moments you’d be giggling while everyone else wondered what you were laughing at. He made every joke feel like an inside joke, and I’ll miss that so much about him.

    I’ll never forget the line he said most often to me, as John and I would meet his grandparents for lunch, or dinner at whatever restaurant. After I’d place my order, Tim would look at me straight faced and say, “You like that stuff, huh?”. It wouldn’t matter if I’d ordered some elaborate, hard to pronounce thing, or just a plate of clams…he always said that, and it cracked me up every time.

    We didn’t get to visit with Tim and Pat at all in the past year, due to Covid concerns, and that has been difficult. But I know whenever we can safely get together with Pat and Cathi again at a restaurant, Tim will whisper in my ear after I order, “You like that stuff, huh?”

  • The most amazing smile, mist amazing stories, so much through our the years you have been there for me and your treat grandchildren and all the stories you would tell me as a child, I can remember we would talk for so long and rock back and forth in sequence it was funny because we both could not sit still but we wanted to keep talking, you were always interested in what I was interested in no matter what it was even if it was something you particularly didn’t like but you would listen oh and our conversation when I was a child you asking me my dolls names and how many I had 523 I still use that number when I over exaggerated. You would take me and johnny to Disney, we both went to Kentucky, then to Pennsylvania and we went to ben franklin’s house and you taught us so much history. These past couple years due to work then the pandemic we couldn’t see each other. But I made sure I sent cards and kept in touch, He helped make my laugh so amazing and I know that you will watch over your children my mom and uncles and me your granddaughter and my brother your grandson and your other grandchildren and my children your great grandchildren and your other great grandchildren. Last but not least my Nanny your best friend your heart of 61 years, the most amazing love you guy’s shared there is so much more I want to write so many memories oh I have to add the shoes you bought my son dj size 0 when he was a newborn you couldn’t believe how small they were and they were still to small!!! The smile and laugh that day. Grandad I want to say so much I can’t find the words I love you so much and I miss you and I just wish you were still here well I love you and I know you are with grandma and your sisters may the road to see to meet. You…….until we meet again I remember you told my about the irish blessing well I love you always and forever to the moon and back