John K. Coggins, 62

WORCESTER- John K. Coggins, 62, of Worcester, MA died at Worcester Medical Center on Sunday, April 25, 2004 following a long struggle with diabetes. He was born in Nantucket, MA on April 21, 1942, son of Byron L. and Estelle (Pickett) Coggins. He leaves his former wife, Kathleen K. Coggins of Worcester and his three beloved children John C. Coggins of Dayton, TX, Michael B. Coggins of Milton, MA and Kerry Lynn Coggins of Worcester, MA. He is also survived by a grandson, Jonathan of Dayton, TX. He leaves two sisters Laurel Oleynick of Timonium, MD and Happy Miller of Oahu, Hawaii and many cousins, nieces and nephews. A sister Carol Powell of Nantucket predeceased him.

John graduated from the Hackley Prepatory School in Tarrytown, N.Y and from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, class of 1964. He also received a degree in Fire Science from Quinsigamond Community College. Upon graduation from UMass he was commissioned a Lieutenant in the United States Air Force and retired with a rank of Captain in 1968. He joined the Worcester Fire Department in 1977 and served with great pride at Engine 11, Greendale; Engine 1, Central St.; Engine 8, Brittan Sq.; and Engine 6, Brown Sq., retiring in 2002. He was a member of the International Association of Firefighters and a former member of the St. George Church choir where he had also instructed religious education.

A celebration of his life will be held at St. George Church, 40 Brattle St., Worcester at 10 a.m on Friday, April 30 with a Memorial Mass. A burial service will take place at a later date in Worcester County Memorial Park in Paxton, MA. There are no calling hours. Graham, Putnam and Mahoney Funeral HOme is in charge of arrangements. The family requests that donations be made in his memory to Ed’s Place, a rural rehabilitation project in Oakham, MA. Donations may be sent c/o People in Peril (PIP), PO Box 17078, Main St., Worcester, MA 01601.

Date of Funeral: 04/30/04
Funeral Home: Graham, Putnam and Mahoney Funeral Home
838 Main St.
Location: St. George Church, 40 Brattle St., Worcester
Time: 10 a.m
Remember Brother John