WOOLWICH — Richard H. Coffin passed away at home in the loving care of his family, September 26, 2012.

He was born the son of Harold W. and Grace B. Coffin, June 27, 1920 in Portland, ME, the eldest of 5 children. Dick grew up in Bangor, ME, earned his Eagle Scout award in 1936, and graduated from Bangor High and its ROTC program in 1938. He continued his studies as well as his ROTC training at the University of Maine, Orono, and was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in 1942. Deploying as a member of the 96th signal Battalion, he served in the China/Burma/India Theater through 1945.

At the end of World War II, Dick returned to the U of M where he completed his studies in electrical engineering, resumed his memberships in Sigma Alpha Epsilon and the Rifle Team, and met his future wife, Nancy. Following his graduation in 1948, Dick was married, hired by Bell Telephone, and moved with Nancy to New Jersey where he worked for 34 years in data transmission and design.

Throughout Dick’s life he dedicated much time and effort to his church, his community, and youth programs where he often took a leadership role. He continued his lifetime commitment to scouting by starting and leading Cub Pack 142 for 6 years, serving as Scoutmaster of Troop 142 for 14 years and culminated his service as Round Table Commissioner for Maine’s Pine Tree Council. In recognition of his many contributions, he was elected to receive Vigil Honors in the Order of the Arrow and awarded the Silver Beaver.

Dick was an active member of the Presbyterian Church on-the-Green in Morristown, NJ from 1948 through 1982, and has been a member of the Day’s Ferry Congregational Church in Woolwich since returning to Maine. He was actively involved in the work of both churches as a member of the Session, as an Elder, and as a Trustee. During that time he also continued his military service to the nation in the National Guard and Army Reserve, retiring in 1970 as a Lieutenant Colonel after 28 years in uniform.

While Dick could often be found in a leadership role as the president of his community association, he could just as often be found swinging a hammer, an axe, or any other building tool to help a friend, neighbor, or civic organization. At the same time, he was willing to set his tools aside and volunteer his time to other causes that were important to him such as the Maine Maritime Museum and the Telephone Pioneers’ Infant Hearing Program.

Dick is survived by his wife of 64 years, Nancy R. (Mackay) Coffin of Woolwich, ME; 4 of his 5 children: Richard H. Coffin Jr./Diane (Paul) Coffin of Springfield, VA, Cynthia (Coffin) Zadai/Scott Johnson of Concord, MA, Nancy (Coffin) Lombreglia/Lawrence Lombreglia of Hampton, NJ, and Andrea (Coffin) Norton/ Clinton Norton of Salem, MA; 3 sisters; Marguerite Coffin of Beaverton, OR, Olive (Coffin) Hart of Nobleboro, ME, Lois (Coffin) Ensberg of Minnetonka, MN; 9 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and numerous loving nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son, Dan Christopher Coffin, and his sister, Judith (Coffin) Golightly.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 6 at the Day’s Ferry Congregational Church, 50 Old Stage Road, Woolwich, ME, with Rev. Dr. Alan Baughcum officiating. A reception hosted by the church will take place immediately following the service in Johnson Hall. A private graveside service will be held later.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Day’s Ferry Congregational Church or CHANS Hospice/Homecare of Brunswick, ME. To share your thoughts and condolences with the family please visit www.desmondfuneralhomes.com