BRUNSWICK — Richard James Coffin, 86, passed away peacefully at his home on July 24, 2018 after a year of declining health.

Richard was born in Malden, Massachusetts on September 24, 1931, the son of Russell W. and Inez E. (Matthews) Coffin. He attended school in Massachusetts and moved to Maine with his family in the 1950s. Soon after, Richard joined the Army as medic during the Korean conflict. He received numerous commendations including The Purple Heart .

In his younger years, Richard was president of both Lions Club and Jaycees as well as a member of Toastmasters. He was involved in many civic organizations, including being the emcee of the 1960 Freeport Miss Maine Pageant. Some of his hobbies included collecting and refurbishing classic cars.

Richard worked as a Production Controller at Supervisor of Shipbuilding in Bath, retiring in 1998 after 37 years of government service. Richard’s federal service began as a loftsman at The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and ended as Ship Superintendent for the AEGIS destroyer program. He also enjoyed working as a real estate broker and investing in income properties.

He was predeceased by his parents and a step-daughter Laura Blanchette.

Richard is survived by his wife Linda Hodgdon Coffin; his children Pamela Starnes and husband Bill of Gorham, Andrea Clancy and husband Chris of Dover, NH, Nicholas Coffin of Brunswick, David Coffin and wife Lisa of Topsham, Cheryll Coffin of Brunswick, Susan Greaves of South Portland, Elise Coffin of Methuen, Massachusetts; his two stepdaughters Linda Mondor of Saco and Virginia Fries of Shapleigh; his siblings Linda Grady and husband Alan of Natick, Mass, Robert Coffin and wife Linda of Dobson, North Carolina, Ronald Coffin and wife Judy of Trinity, Florida; and his many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

There will be no visiting hours. A private graveside service will be held at Smith Cemetery in Windham. Arrangements are under the care of the Windham Chapel of Dolby, Blais & Segee.

Please visit to view Richard’s tribute page and to sign his online guestbook.