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Frank L. Coughlan, Jr.

February 18, 2021


Frank L. Coughlan Jr., 84, of North Dighton passed away on Thursday February 18, 2021 at his home with his family and caregivers by his side. He was the husband of almost 61 years to Bette L. (Potter) Coughlan. Frank was born in Boston the son of the late Frank L. Coughlan Sr. and Esther Evans. He graduated from Peters High School in Southboro, MA in 1956. Mr. Coughlan proudly served his country with the United States Army, Headquarters Troop 1st Reconnaissance Squadron, 14th Armored Calvary.  He was stationed in Fulda, Germany between 1960-1962 during the building of the Berlin Wall. He served as an artillery repairman patrolling the Russian border at the rank of Sp4.  After an honorable discharge, he built homes with his uncle, Roy W Horton, before joining Bay State Gas Company in 1967.  He worked for thirty years in natural gas operations and facilities management for them and retired in early 1997. He was a long time Deacon, Moderator, bible study, choir and men’s club member at the West Dighton Christian Church and later attended North Christian Church in Dighton. Frank truly enjoyed cars, trucks, and tractors and owned well over fifty various models during his lifetime.  Frank also was a lifetime member of the Somerset Sportsman’s Club where he enjoyed many social events.  Frank and Bette loved to travel around New England, especially Vermont and New Hampshire. They traveled extensively with their sister- and brother-in-law Jane and Arthur Morton around our extraordinary country to experience our national parks, great waterways, national wildlife and our iconic American cities and towns.  He loved wildlife and enjoyed feeding the birds and animals where he lived happily with his wife in Dighton for almost 50 years. Survivors besides his beloved wife, Bette, are his daughter: Julie Louise Coughlan and her husband John Fagundes of Freetown; his son: James Lincoln Coughlan, his wife Sharon with his grandson Wesley Lincoln Coughlan of Rhinecliff, NY; his sister-in-law: Jane Morton and her husband Arthur of North Dighton; his nephew Kendall Arthur Morton, his wife Colleen with their children Cameron, Derek and Sarah Morton of Attleboro; his nephews Robert Taylor, his wife Diane of Dighton and Rodney Taylor of Taunton; his brother: Frederick Coughlan of Bedford, MA; his nephew James F Coughlan, his wife Cynthia with their children Jake and Zachary of Ocala, Florida; and many cousins.  Frank was the brother of the late Wallace Lee Taylor and the uncle of the late Donna Coughlan. A Graveside Service with Military Honors to which relatives and friends are invited to attend will be held on Saturday February 27, 2021 at 11:30am in the West Dighton Christian Church Cemetery. Please visit Frank’s tribute page at to sign the guestbook or for cemetery directions. The family would like to acknowledge and thank the excellent care Frank received by Doctors James and Kelly Hoye, Partners in Family Care of Dighton; Massachusetts General Hospital Memory Disorders Unit; Happier in My Home of Somerset; and Compassionate Care Hospice of Taunton.  The family donated Frank’s brain to the Massachusetts General Hospital Neurology Brain Bank to help further understand, diagnose, treat and someday prevent Alzheimer’s Disease.  Memorial donations in his memory will be utilized to fund special research efforts in neurology at MGH.  Donations can be made by check payable to The Massachusetts General Hospital-Alzheimer’s Research. Memo Line: Gift is in Honor of Frank L Coughlan, Jr.  Please mail to Massachusetts General Hospital Development Office, Attn: Kylie Wojcicki, 125 Nashua St. Suite 540, Boston MA  02114.  All arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Crapo-Hathaway Funeral Home, 350 Somerset Ave., Taunton.

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Graveside Service
February 27, 2021

11:30 AM
West Dighton Christian Church Cemetery
Wellington Street
Dighton, MA 02715

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