NORTH ORANGE - Richard N. ""Dick"" Coffin, 79, of Main Street, died at home on Tuesday morning, Feb. 11, 2014, after an illness, with his family at his side.
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Born in Athol on Aug. 22, 1934, he was a son of Naphtali and Hazel (Green) Coffin and grew up in Athol and the Tully section of Orange.
Dick had attended the one-room school house in Tully center as well as the New Salem Academy.
On Nov. 27, 1954, he married Lois (Carey) and they have enjoyed over 59 years together raising their family on Dick's ""gentleman's farm"" in North Orange.
Following school, Dick had worked for Harris Oil in Orange and Billings Lumber in North Leverett before going to work at the L. S. Starrett Co. in Athol, where he worked 42 years and became an Assistant Plant Engineer before retiring in 1999.
Dick was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and a friend to many people. His humor was contagious and he was always trying to pull one over on some unsuspecting person. Besides working his cherished farm raising vegetables and animals, he was the family's handyman and called upon to assist them with numerous repairs. An avid hunter in the past, Dick also enjoyed snowmobiling.
Dick had served as a member of the Army National Guard and was a member of the Athol-Orange Elks Lodge #1837, the Petersham Gun Club, the Orange American Legion Post 172, the Millers River Beagle Club and the Snow Streakers snowmobile club.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Lois Coffin of North Orange; a son, Dean Coffin and his wife, Sally, of Orange; two daughters, Carol Allen and her husband AJ of Orange and Michele Field of Athol and her fiance, Gary Boudreau Sr.; grandchildren, Abigail Richard and Kyle Kris, both of Orange, Joshua Coffin of Bernardston, Nick Allen and Mike Allen, both of Athol, Ryan Allen of Georgia, Gary Boudreau Jr. of Winchendon and Stephanie Field of Ware; great-grandchildren, Felicity Coffin and Jeffrey Coffin, both of Greenfield, Rylee Boudreau and Lexy Allen, both of Athol, and Heather Steiner of Ware; siblings, Edna Blackmer of Athol, Alice Crowe and her husband, Gordon, of South Carolina, Joan Truehart of Athol, Alan ""Tiny"" Coffin and his wife, Cheryl, of South Yarmouth, and Bernal Coffin and his wife, Shirley, of Orange; and many nephews, nieces and cousins.
Besides his parents, Dick was predeceased by a son, Jeffrey A. Coffin on Sept. 23, 1984, a grandson, Matthew Field, and sisters, Evelyn Copeland and Louise Lachance.
The Elks will hold a ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Witty Funeral Home.
Calling hours at the funeral home, 158 South Main Street, Orange, will follow the Elks service, 2:15 to 4 p.m..
Funeral services will be held on Monday, Feb. 17, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Dan Dibble of the Trinitarian Church of Warwick officiating.
A graveside service will be held in Warwick Center Cemetery in the spring on a date and time to be announced.
The family suggests donations given to either the Gardner VNA, 34 Pearly Lane, Gardner, MA 01440 or to the Trinitarian Church, c/o the Metcalf Chapel, Athol Road, Warwick, MA 01378.
You may offer your sympathy or find directions online at:
Witty's Funeral Home
158 South Main Street Orange, MA 01364
Published in The Recorder from Feb. 12 to Feb. 13, 2014