John Gerard "Jerry" Coughlin, 78, a native of Massachusetts and longtime resident of Southern California prior to coming to Pennsylvania in 1999 passed away on Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at his residence in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
He was born on May 14, 1934, in Boston, Massachusetts, son of the late Francis Coughlin and Ethel (Farrell) Coughlin. In a radiant, glad-hearted ceremony on February 22, 1985 in Hartford, Connecticut, confirmed bachelor JG married Johanna Meta Sayre who survives.
Also lovingly remembering Jerry are his daughter, Jessica Cohen and her husband Ronald of Mifflinburg, his granddaughter Sayre Cohen of Mifflinburg, his sister Pat Boone of Woburn, Massachusetts, many special nieces and nephews, cherished extended family and friends all over the country, and his beloved cat companion, "Girlie."
He is preceded in death by two brothers, Fran and Dick.
Jerry served in the US Army, enjoyed a lifelong career in the financial services arena, and was one of the most research-oriented, well-read persons one could engage in conversation. He is best characterized as a true gentleman; a sweet man with a lovely soul. His granddaughter describes him perfectly: "kind, lively, and caring."
His family will be celebrating JG's life privately. They thank you for holding him in your thoughts and offering prayers and good intentions for his next great experience. They know he would delight in your honoring him by performing random acts of kind-heartedness, offering smiles to strangers, and tipping liberally. These gestures would pay tribute to his characteristic generosity of spirit and affirm, as he did countless times, that "This is the perfect taco."
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jerry's memory may be sent to Mercy Corps,
P.O. Box 2669, Dept. W, Portland, OR 97208-2669 to assist with Haitian Relief or to a charity near and dear to your heart.
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