SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

April 7, 2014

James M. Coan, 64


Ipswich — James M. Coan, 64, of Northridge Road, Ipswich, husband of Linda Coan, died on April 6, 2014, at home surrounded by his loving family, following a battle with multiple myeloma.

Born in Lynn on December 3, 1949, he was the son of late Ralph and Anna (Carlin) Coan of Lynn. He was raised in Lynn and graduated from Hamilton-Wenham High School in 1967. He served his country in the U S Marine Corps, spending two tours of duty in Vietnam. He went on to graduate from Boston College, earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration. James started his career with the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier in Lynn, later becoming a facility services supervisor working throughout the Middlesex-Essex District. Following his retirement from the postal service, Jim went on to become the owner-operator of L&L Laundromat in Melrose, and the Laundry Agency in Gloucester. He had many interests, but was happiest when spending time with friends and family. He spent many devoted hours with his grandson, Kai.

In addition to his wife, Linda, of 33 years, he leaves his daughter, Lisa Abitbol and her husband, Christian Pierce of Watertown; and his much adored grandson, Kai, his beloved and his favorite playmate.

ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral service with Military Honors will be held at 10 a.m., on Thursday, April 10, graveside in Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours will be on Wednesday, from 5 to 7 p.m., in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High St., Ipswich. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the International Multiple Myeloma Foundation, Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Avenue, 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851.

For directions, or to leave a condolence, please visit www.whittier-porter.com.