James Martin Coolahan

James Martin Coolahan

AGE: 82 • Little Silver

James Martin Coolahan, 82, of Little Silver, and formerly a longtime resident of Red Bank, passed peacefully on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. Jim was born in Hoboken, NJ to the Honorable James & Nora (nee McCarthy) Coolahan, and moved his family to Red Bank in 1963. Upon graduating from the College of the Holy Cross as a member of the Class of '51, Jim served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Stuttgart, Germany as a member of the Counterintelligence Corps. Upon completing his military service and earning his law degree from New York Law School, he worked as an attorney in Essex and Monmouth Counties for 50 years. Jim was previously a member of the local Elks Lodge in Hoboken and later a member of the Knights of Columbus in Fair Haven; was a member of the New Jersey and Essex County Bar Associations; and was a longtime member of the Monmouth Beach Bath and Tennis Club. Jim was an avid sports fan and life-long NY Yankees and Giants' fan. He was a faithful communicant of St. James RC Church for many years. Jim leaves a strong legacy in his children and grandchildren who benefitted from the example he set in understanding the difference between right & wrong, the Christian virtue of charity, and the importance of family.

Jim leaves his childhood sweetheart, longtime soul mate, and wife of 55 years, Margaret ( Midge) Elizabeth Coolahan (nee Stack); his loving daughters and their spouses, Nora Coolahan-Nooney and Brian, Mary (Peggy) Driscoll and Terence, and Elizabeth Fortier and Mike; his devoted sons and spouses, James and Nancy, Edward and Susan, Kevin and Lori, Michael and Jessica, and John and Nicole; and his treasured grandchildren, Katie, Justin, Kelli, Sean, Meagan, Michael, Shannon, Taylor, Ted, Ryan, Mollie, Maddie, Maggie, Cara, Rylee and Gracie.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 at the John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Ave., Red Bank. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11:15 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18 at St. James R.C, Church, Red Bank. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in James' memory to the Wounded Warriors Project, 370 7th Ave., Suite 1802, NY, NY 10001 or www.woundedwarriersproject.org. Please visit James' memorial website available at www.johnedayfuneralhome.com.


Published in Asbury Park Press on Jan. 16, 2013