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Paul R. Coffin, age 67, loving husband of Doris (Martin) Coffin, passed away Saturday, February 18, 2017, at Salem Hospital after a seven year struggle with esophageal cancer which left him unable to eat or drink since 2009. Paul was raised in Salem. Shortly after graduating high school he enlisted in the United States Army and served in Vietnam, where he rose to the rank of sergeant. After an honorable discharge, Paul returned stateside and became a licensed optician, a career he would enjoy for over 45 years.
Paul was a dedicated father and husband. He adored his daughter, Christine and son-in-law, Danny and would tell her often, “Christine, you are the best daughter anyone could have.” He was active in the Salem Boy Scouts, and enjoyed coaching youth soccer. He was an avid reader who loved old time country music and biannual trips to Foxwoods with his wife, Doris.
Paul is survived by his loving wife, Doris Coffin, with whom he enjoyed 48 years of marriage; as well as his daughter, Christine Giovannucci and her husband, Danny of Salem, formerly of Watertown; his son, Paul Lewis Coffin of San Diego, Calif.; his brother, William Coffin; his sisters, Elaine Coffin and Susan Coffin; his sister-in-law, Rose Anderson; his brother-in-law, James Anderson; several nieces and nephews; and a large extended family of relatives and friends in the optical business.
Visiting hours for Paul will take place on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Murphy Funeral Home, 85 Federal St. (corner of North St.), Salem, MA 01970. A funeral service will take place Thursday, February 23, 2017, at 11 a.m., also at the Murphy Funeral Home. Interment will take place at Greenlawn Cemetery, 57 Orne St., Salem, MA 01970. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial contribution to the Lupus Foundation America, Inc., 2121 K Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20037-1830 for his daughter who has lupus. For additional information or online guestbook, please visit www.MurphyFuneralHome.com or call 978-744-0497.
Published on  February 21, 2017
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