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Robert E. Coakley

Obituary for Robert E. Coakley

September 4, 1947 - July 8, 2017
Buckeye, Arizona | Age 69


Robert E. Coakley, 69 of Buckeye, Arizona formerly of Rockland, MA died on July 8, 2017 at the Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, Arizona. He was born at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Boston to his late parents Robert and Mary (McGovern) Coakley. He was raised and educated in the Mission Hill neighborhood of Boston.

He attended Mission Grammar school and Mission High School, class of 1965. Bob served as an altar boy, played in the Mission band where he got his love for music and sang in the choir. He was an active member of the Mission Church in Roxbury and received all of his sacraments there most notably the sacrament of Marriage to his loving bride of 48 years Catherine A. (O'Keefe) Coakley. Bob enlisted in the United States Air Force and proudly served our country.

He had a distinguished career in the telecommunications field working for AT&T, Lucent and Avaya. A longtime Rockland resident, Bob played an active leadership role in youth sports serving on the Board of Directors of Rockland Youth Football. He coached Rockland Youth and Holy Family Church CYO Baseball. He was well known for his skills in announcing Rockland for high school sporting events on WRPS radio.

An active member of the parish community at Holy Family Church in Rockland he served as a lector, Eucharistic Minister and CCD teacher. After moving to Arizona 12 years ago, Bob became active in Council # 9467 of the Knights of Columbus where he served as Past Faithful Navigator and Grand Knight.

He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed travelling, especially on cruises and trips to Las Vegas.

In addition to his wife Cathy, he is survived by his sons, Robert E. Coakley and his wife Tara of Elm Grove, Wisconsin, Brian P. Coakley and his wife Terry of Rockland, William M. Coakley and his wife Karen of Plymouth, Joseph P. Coakley and his wife Carrie of Norton and his "Fifth Son" Joshua S. Aparicio of Panama City, Panama. Bob was the brother of Francis P. Coakley and his wife Denise of Peabody, Lillian M. Murphy and her husband John of Marshfield, Son in law of Gert O'Keefe of Holbrook and brother in law to Gerry Kearns of Daytona, Florida, Peggy Leary and her husband Jack of Mesa, Arizona and Ed O'Keefe and Linda of Hingham. He was most proud of his role as Papa to Christopher and his wife Raven, Stephen, Caitlyn, Oliver, Susie, Will, Brady, Lucas, Colin and Fiona.

Bob's family would like to invite family and friends to join them as they celebrate his life at the Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home 135 Union Street, Rockland on Monday, July 17, 2017 from 5:00-8-00 PM. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at Mission Church, 1545 Tremont St. in Roxbury. Burial with Military Honors will follow in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. Donations in his memory may be made to Mission Church, 1545 Tremont St. Roxbury, MA 02120

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