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Virgil V. COUGHLIN Obituary

Virgil Victor "Jack" Coughlin, 86, passed away on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at The Soldiers' Home in Holyoke, MA. He was born on September 9, 1927 in Enfield, CT. He lived the majority of his life in the greater Springfield, MA area, attending Cathedral High School. He entered the US Navy at the end of World War II, and served his country proudly as a member of the Seebees. He later joined the 104th Fighter Wing, Massachusetts Air National Guard, Barnes Municipal Airport in Westfield, MA from which he retired in 1987 with the rank of MSgt. In his civilian life he worked at Monsanto for many years before retiring and moving to Indiantown, FL in 1991. He enjoyed his retirement in Florida for 20 years before returning to Massachusetts to reside at the Soldiers' Home. Virgil had a beautiful singing voice. He sang under the name of Jack Carroll from the time he was a young boy. Notably, at the age of 21 he was chosen to perform for President Truman during a campaign stop in Springfield, MA. He continued to provide joy to others by singing in church choirs until the age of 83. Virgil was preceded in death by his loving wife, Iris Ruggiero Coughlin, brothers, Melvin and James, his first-born son, Kerry Coughlin and his youngest son, Jeffrey Coughlin. He is survived by children, Joseph Coughlin of East Longmeadow, MA; Peter Coughlin of Wilbraham, MA; Mary Hood of Westfield, MA; as well as his step-children that he raised as his own, Tracy Hufnagel and Troy Hufnagel, both of Springfield, MA; Trent Hufnagel of Southampton, MA and Tammy Henry of Jupiter, FL; a niece, Laurie Coughlin of Springfield, MA; twenty-one grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a host of special friends. Virgil's life will be celebrated privately by the families. He will be remembered as a wonderful father, grandfather, uncle, role model and friend.

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Published in The Palm Beach Post from Mar. 2 to Mar. 3, 2014
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