SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

December 2, 2013

Basil J. Coughlan Jr., 73


PRIDES CROSSING, MA/ JOHN’S ISLAND, FL — Basil J. “Bud” Coughlan II, 73, beloved husband of Angela (Alaimo) Coughlan, with whom he shared 52 years of marriage, passed away on Sunday, November 24, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington. Born in Worcester, he was the son of the late Basil Sr. and Isabella (Casna) Coughlan.

Basil grew up in Quincy, and was a graduate of Newman Prep School in Boston, received his bachelor's degree at Boston College, and went on to graduate with honors from Columbia School of Business. Basil worked as the vice president of the Ford Motor Co. in North America and Europe. After his retirement from Ford, he owned and operated North Shore Lincoln Mercury, Best Ford Lincoln and Best Cycle Center of Nashua, N.H.

Basil was an avid runner, completing numerous marathons including, Boston, New York, Chicago and London.

No matter what he did, Basil embraced and enjoyed life to the fullest.The love, consideration and encouragement he showed to others will always be an inspiration to his friends and family.

In later life, Basil suffered from Parkinson’s disease, and while he struggled at times through difficult moments, he found happiness in his relationships, time spent with his children and grandchildren, and his interest in sports and his beloved Red Sox.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children; Basil J. Coughlan III and his wife, Mary, of North Andover, Michael J. Coughlan and his wife, Sheila, of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Barbara Anne Calaba and her husband, Victor, of New Canaan, Conn.; one sister, Barbara Anne Biagini of Quincy; seven grandchildren, Erin, Basil “Buddy” IV, William, and Andrew Coughlan, Madeleine Wilson, and Isabella and Sophia Calaba; as well as sister-in-law, Joanne Mills; and many nieces and nephews.

ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service will be held in the spring. Memorial contributions may be made in Basil’s memory to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, www.michaeljfox.org.