LACONIA - William V. "Bill" Coughlin, 82, recently of Laconia, passed away Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, after a short period of declining health.
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He was born on April 2, 1931, in New Bedford, Mass., to Elsie Allen and Daniel Coughlin. He spent his younger years in the Lawrence, Mass., area.
Bill served in the U.S. Navy in the early 1950s, and returned home to marry the love of his life, Claire Walsh in 1956.
Bill and his young family moved to Salem in 1960, where he spent most of his life living in the area. He was member of the Derry-Salem Elks, where he enjoyed talking baseball and selling Christmas trees. In his spare time, Bill also enjoyed playing softball, golfing and mostly bowling in leagues at Park Place Lanes. With his friends in Laconia, he enjoyed their Wednesday night bingo games.
He was employed for many years by the Salem Water Department, where he was a heavy equipment operator. Before his retirement he was employed by Sanders Associates in Nashua.
Bill was predeceased by his wife of 29 years, Claire Coughlin, and his brother, Daniel Coughlin, of Lawrence, Mass.
He is survived by his son, Kevin Coughlin and his wife Nanci Coughlin of Alton Bay, his daughter, Karen Stickney and her fiancé Jeff Madden of Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. He also leaves behind his granddaughters Amanda Kellar and Ashli Snow, both of Alton, his grandson David Stickney of Allenstown, and also his great grandsons, Kolebi Snow and Winston Kellar, who enjoyed visiting with "Grampa."
services: Friends and relatives are invited to call on Friday, Dec. 27, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Goundrey & Dewhirst Funeral Home, 42 Main St., Salem. A funeral Mass is scheduled to follow at St. Joseph Church, 40 Main St., Salem at 11 a.m. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.
To leave an online condolence, please visit www.goundreydewhirstfuneral.com or facebook.com/GoundreyDewhirstFuneral.
Published in Union Leader on Dec. 24, 2013