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Richard J. Coughlin
January 13, 2024
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Richard John Coughlin – Beloved husband, father and grandfather.
Richard (“Dick”) J. Coughlin, 92, of Barnegat, N.J., passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, January 13, 2024. Born in Montclair, N.J., on August 22, 1931 to his late parents Jeremiah and Caroline (née Landuweher), Dick was a loving husband to Joan (née Dubell) and Eileen (née Crann) who predeceased him. He attended West Orange High School and received a full academic scholarship to attend Seton Hall University after taking a written test and placing second. While at Seton Hall, he obtained a B.S. in Accounting and worked nights and weekends on a drawbridge, studying until the bridge needed to be manually opened or closed. After college, he graduated from the US Navy’s Officer Candidate School in August 1954 and served on the USS Dixie stationed in San Diego and the Philippines for two years as an officer in the supply corps. After the war, he remained in the Naval Reserve where he retired at the rank of Captain.
In 1956, Dick married his first wife, Eileen, and they eventually settled in Montclair to raise a family. He went on to work in accounting and rose through the ranks of Peat Marwick and Tiffany and Co. while attending SHU at night to obtain his MBA and eventually pass his C.P.A. exam. In 1964, he went to work for Briscoe Construction Co., where he eventually retired as CEO. His work took him all over the world, and he enjoyed traveling to far off regions, including Saudi Arabia, Europe, and Africa. Although he took his career very seriously, he always found time to explore and learn about local cultures. After Eileen’s death in 1973, he retired but continued to work as an accounting professor and management consultant. Throughout his life, he gladly offered guidance and advice to countless young business professionals.
Dick married Joan in 1994, and they settled in the Manahawkin/Barnegat area where they had a close-knit group of friends. Days and nights were spent playing poker, going to group dinners and other social events. They traveled extensively and enjoyed many cruises and tours and wintering in Marco Island, Florida for almost twenty years where they also found a lovely group of friends.
Dick was a lifelong learner. He loved to read and keep track of the financial markets. He enjoyed family and friends and was always ready to go anywhere at the drop of a hat. He especially loved his grandchildren and always wanted updates and to hear about their comings and goings.
Dick is survived by his loving children Anne (Ken) Clevenger, Rick (Kim) Coughlin, May (Thomas) Gaffney and Carolyn (Robert) Raiman, his brother Jeremiah (“Jerry”), sister-in-law Peggy Tighe, and brothers-in-law Robert Tighe and Monsignor James Dubell, grandchildren Michael and Kenny Clevenger, Kelly and Connor Coughlin, Kate and Patrick Gaffney, Andrew and Christian Raiman, and many beloved nieces and nephews. Dick is predeceased by his sister Dorothy (“Dot”), brother Arthur (“Artie”), and sisters-in-law Marge, Eleanor and Maryann.
Relatives and friends are invited to Dick’s viewing on Friday January 19, 2024 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Barnegat Funeral Home, 841 W. Bay Avenue, Barnegat. A Funeral Mass will be offered at St. Mary’s Parish, 747 W. Bay Avenue, Barnegat at 9:30 AM on Saturday January 20, 2024. (www.barnegatfh.com)
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hackensack Meridian Health Hospice. email@example.com.