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Frederick C. “Fred” Coughlin III, of Cumberland, dies at age 55

Thursday 09 December 2021

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The grains of wood on a beautifully crafted piece of furniture will tell the story of the life of the tree from which it came. The same can certainly be said of the tremendous 55 years that were the cornerstone of Fred Coughlin’s life.

Frederick Charles Coughlin, III was born on July 2, 1966, the son of Claudette (DuBois) Coughlin and the late Frederick C. Coughlin, Jr.

Fred was proud to carry the name of his father and grandfather.

Fred Coughlin passed away at home surrounded by the care and love of his family on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 after a courageous battle with cancer. Fred has fought tooth and nail cancer for the past 16 months.

Fred grew up in Woonsocket and graduated from Woonsocket High School with the Class of 1985. He was in the vocational program at Woonsocket High School. His cabinetmaking lessons would take him on a lifelong journey in woodworking craftsmanship which would not only be his profession, but truly his own personal art form. Fred has fabricated countless pieces of high end residential woodwork.

It was also at Woonsocket High that Fred met a girl named Lisa Salley. Fred and Lisa were the proverbial “high school sweethearts” and sealed their marriage deal on May 23, 1987 at St. Joseph’s Church. Fred and Lisa were married for 34 wonderful years filled with mutual love and devotion.

Fred’s career in woodworking saw him employed locally at Herrick & White in Manville, later in Boston at Pomeroy & Co. Inc., then at SouthShore Millwork in Norton, MA. Dedicated employee and man with a naturally strong work ethic, Fred worked until last year when he focused on battling his illness and fighting the good fight.

Fred was a true outdoor enthusiast at heart. He was mostly at home when he was fly fishing and hunting. Memorable trips have been hunting with his father, Fred Sr., in Michigan and more locally alongside his son Kyle and his best friends Ray and Roger. During the warmer months, Fred meticulously cared for his garden at home. There was never a weed in Fred’s garden. It was perfect. Fred also liked to recall with Ashley the family recipes that have been passed down, but his favorites are galumpkis and stuffed cherry peppers from his own garden. To have fun, Fred and Ashley often played Powerball and Megamillions together and scratched tickets. They have yet to find a big winner. Fred had a soft spot for his loyal canine companion Jack, his smooth fox terrier, and he was a member of the Cumberland Beagle Club.

Fred was also good at building dry stone walls and demonstrated his talent in his backyard. True to his natural abilities as a carpenter, Fred has completely renovated his house from top to bottom, inside and out.

Fred loved to start his motorbike and hit the road to the sound of 80s tunes through the speakers. One of his most valuable possessions was his father’s Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Fred passed it on to Kyle. Fred had recently bought a new Harley for himself as his goal was to hit the road with Kyle when he beat cancer. Kyle is determined to get on the Harley next year and ride for them both in memory of his father.

Fred’s love for his family was by far the most essential part of who he was and always will be. Whether it was going to the Woonsocket High School ball with Lisa, being Kyle and Ashley’s best friend, or being “Poppa” to her two beautiful grandchildren Kensley and Vanna, Fred was completely dedicated to his family. Psst… Don’t tell anyone but Fred loved to share his sweet tooth with Kensley and Vanna, after all isn’t that what grandfathers did ?!

While 55 is far too short and must have left us far too soon, Fred’s family know that he has filled all of his years with love, laughter and fun and lived his life. to the maximum.

Fred is survived by his wife and best friend Lisa M. (Salley) Coughlin and their children Kyle C. Coughlin and his wife Stacy-lyn (Cox) Coughlin of Cranston and Ashley M. Coughlin of Woonsocket. Fred and Lisa’s grandchildren are Kensley V. Coughlin and Vanna H. Coughlin. Fred is also survived by Lisa’s family, including her stepmother Priscilla Salley and Lisa’s siblings whom Fred considered to be his own siblings Steven, Brian, Peter Salley and Nancy Godin and their spouses. “Uncle Freddie” is also survived by several nieces and nephews and their families.

Parents and friends are invited to honor and remember Fred during visiting hours on Sunday, December 12, 2021 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Menard-Lacouture Funeral Home, 127 Carrington Woonsocket Avenue.

Fred’s funeral will be on Monday, December 13, 2021 at 10 a.m. at the Menard-Lacouture Funeral Home, 127 Carrington Avenue Woonsocket, followed by a Christian funeral mass at 11:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, Mendon Road. Woonsocket.

Fred will be buried in the Resurrection Cemetery in Cumberland.

In lieu of flowers and in recognition of Fred’s passion for the outdoors and hunting in particular, memorial donations can be made to the National Rifle Association 11250 Waples Mill Rd. Fairfax, Virginia 22030.