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Robert Douglas Coffin, 87, died peacefully Sunday, November 4, 2012, at his home in Waterbury. Born on December 19, 1924, in Graniteville, Vermont, Robert was raised by his mother, Blanche (Belanger) Coffin Falardeau, and his stepfather, Victor Falardeau. His father, Drussell Coffin, and his wife, Margery, lived in Barre. Bob was a graduate of Waterbury High School and joined the U.S. Navy during his senior year, serving in the South Pacific Theater of Operations during WWII. On August 30, 1947, he was married to Mary (Marion) Izor and the couple spent most of their life in Waterbury.
Over the years Bob worked in a variety of local businesses including an ice business, Mid-State Bowling Alley and Rock of Ages in Barre. In 1963, he started his own business, Coffin’s TV, in Waterbury where he continued to work until he retired in 2008.
Bob is survived by his loving and devoted family, beloved wife Mary of 65 years; brother Richard Falardeau and wife Bonnie of California; sister Dottie Fortier and husband Maurice of Barre; son Barry Coffin and wife Tina of Brandon; daughters Victoria Alberghini and husband Mark of Waterbury, Jennifer Blacklock and fiance Roger Lowe of Waterbury, and Denise Catchapaw of Middlebury; grandsons Jeff Alberghini and wife Kate, Matt Alberghini and wife Michelle, and Dustin Coffin and Jen Loso; granddaughters Kristi Blacklock and Matt Gratton, Mary Jackman and husband Pete, Sarah Alberghini Winters and husband Chris, Bridget Blacklock and Nathan Hayes, Christina Mas and husband Shayne, Rebecca Blacklock and husband Josh Mandell, Alicia Catchapaw and partner Kelly Wolff, and Amanda Coffin; great-grandchildren Shelby and Avery Alberghini, Ira and Tanner Alberghini, Fox, Lillian, Oren and Calvin Winters, Chessley, Genevieve and Idalee Jackman, Landon and Shaelyn Mas, and Brianna Coffin. He is predeceased by brother, Drussell Coffin, and sisters, Virginia Tenney, Hazel Noistering, Arlyne Russell and Phyllis Towndrow.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated from St. Andrew Catholic Church in Waterbury on Saturday, November 10, 2012, at 11 a.m. Friends may call at the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home in Waterbury on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Interment will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery, Duxbury.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts would be appreciated to the Waterbury Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 95, Waterbury Center, VT 05677. To send online condolences visit www.perkinsparker.com and Facebook.