Local obituaries were published Friday, Oct. 11 for: William J. Coughlin, 62, of North Attleboro; and William James Curren, 86, of North Attleboro.
William J. Coughlin, 62
NORTH ATTLEBORO - William J. Coughlin, 62, of Hunts Bridge Road passed away Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at home. He was the beloved husband of Laura (Rodrigues) Coughlin.
Born in Somerville, he was the son of the late William J. and Helen (McDonald) Coughlin. He resided in North Attleboro for the past seven years, previously residing in Cumberland.
Bill earned his bachelor's of arts in English and business administration in 1974 from Roger Williams University.
He was employed by the Reinbold Insurance Co. for the past seven years and had been in the insurance industry for 40 years.
An avid Patriots and Celtics fan, he had played for the Relics Basketball Team at the Attleboro YMCA.
He had also been a coach of the SAGRA Girls Basketball Team.
Besides his wife he leaves two daughters, Kendra and her husband Jeffrey Bixby of Norfolk, and Ashley Coughlin of North Attleboro and her fiance Brendan Deschenes; and three brothers: Kevin Coughlin of Overland Park, Kan., Stephan Coughlin of Somerville, and David Coughlin of Des Moines, Iowa. He also leaves two grandchildren, Camron and Flynn Bixby of Norfolk, and was the brother of the late Brian Coughlin.
At his request funeral services will be private.
William James Curren, 86
NORTH ATTLEBORO - William James Curren, 86, passed away on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 at the Phillip Hulitar Hospice Center in Providence with his family by his side.
Born in Boston to Dr. Levi Addison and Katherine (Clarke) Curren. He grew up in Cranston, R.I., and attended Cranston Public Schools. He attended high school at Wilbraham Academy, and he earned a master's degree in chemistry at the University of Rhode Island.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He lived the last 51 years in North Attleboro.
Bill had a long career as an analytical chemist and a research engineer. While attending graduate school, he was employed by the Rhode Island State Police Crime lab. He was also employed by the Foxboro Co. for 28 years, and for Contech Research in Attleboro up until his passing.
Bill was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and boating. He made his own fishing rods and lures and taught these skills to his children.
Bill was a bridge enthusiast and organized and ran a Duplicate Bridge club for Foxboro employees.
Following his retirement from the Foxboro Co., he and his wife travelled all over the world. In his later years, he enjoyed following NASCAR and golf.
For more than 40 years, Bill was involved with the U.S. Power Squadron. On a national level, he served as rear commander and locally as a commander of District 14. He devoted much of his time to the National Education Committee, teaching and developing safe boating classes. He was appointed an admiral in the Texas Navy by Gov. Ann Richards to honor his work promoting safe boating.
Bill is survived by his wife of 57 1/2 years Christine, and daughters Allison Curren of Silverstrand Beach, Calif., and Leslie Milligan of Norfolk, Va.; sons, William Curren Jr. of Cumberland, John Curren and Craig Curren, both of North Attleboro, and daughters-in-law Susan, Debbie and Molly Curren. He is also survived by his brother, Dr. Franklin Curren of Citrus Heights, Calif. He was the brother of the late Lee Curren of Maynard. Bill leaves behind nine grandchildren of whom he was very proud: Derik Moran, Matthew, Michael, Jacob, Hannah, Noelle, Liam, Max and Elise Curren.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., on Friday, Oct. 11, in The Butterfield Chapel, 500 Pontiac Ave., Cranston.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m., on Saturday, Oct. 12, in St. Matthews Church, located at the corner of Park and Elmwood avenues in Cranston.
The family extends a special thank you to the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Hospice Center for their care and support.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill's name to the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Hospice Center, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904.
Online condolences at thebutterfieldhome.com.