In Memory

Corey Coughlin

Corey Coughlin

Cory Coughlin, 67, of Bradenton, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 peacefully at his home after a BRAVE 2 year battle with ALS.  He was born in Miami on Dec. 2, 1946 and came to St. Petersburg in 1958.  He attended St. Petersburg High and graduated from Northeast High in 1965. He was a Marine Corps Combat Veteran in Vietnam and received the Purple Heart.  He was a member of the Board of Directors of Bayfront Medical Center for 11 years, Chairman for 3 years.  Corey had been a member of the Polywogs, he was on the Board of Directors of the Florida Banking Assoc.  He is predeceased by brother, Brian Coughlin.  He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Kathy, and one son, Clayman; sister, Carol Coughlin DiTinno and brother, Paul Coughlin.  There will be a visitation from 2-3 pm on Sunday, Sept. 7.  A funeral service will follow at Anderson McQueen Funeral Home, 2201 Dr. MLK St. N.  Donations may be made in his name to ALS or Wounded Warrior Project.

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09/05/14 07:13 PM #1    

Merrily Wilson (Davis)

What can I say???

I was married to Corey from 1971 to 1974. He is blessed to have a family to help him in this transition

I understand he took this with alot of courage.........but he was always Semper Fi.

09/06/14 06:57 AM #2    

Earle Decker

I am shocked by this . I knew Corey briefly as we worked together as bus boys at a restaurant in Pinellas Park for a short time.  We were in opposite high school social circles, him a athlete, me a not so much.  But Corey was always outgoing, we would talk between clearing tables, etc.  and he always.....always treated people decently.

I had a brief exchange with him via messaging a couple years ago when I first hooked up with this web site and he seemed to not have changed at all.  He had vague memories of me, but was engaging, interested and showed he was still a nice guy.  My condolences go out to his family, past and present.




09/06/14 12:08 PM #3    

Roger Bowers

Corey and I both transferred to NEHI in our Junior year ('63). We were football and track teamates, as well as neighbors and pals. We enjoyed playing tackle football without equipment at Crescent Lake Park. We were both tinkerers...model planes...electronics...motorbikes. We both served in Vietnam, having traded our uniforms of madras shirt, khakis & weejuns w/o socks, for camo. We shared the same pals and core beliefs. His girlfriend, Merrily, was without a doubt, the funniest person I had ever known, and he loved that. I regret that we never met again in later years. Corey was a credit to the Corps and served his country faithfully and well. Semper Fi.

09/07/14 11:24 AM #4    

Patricia Martin (Bovee)

I'm so sorry for your loss. I understand all too well ALS as my husband, Carl, died from ALS after a 3-1/2 yr battle, most of which was spend on a ventilator. It's devastating. I'm glad the disease has finally made the news media. Everyone heard Lou Gehrig's disease but not too many people really understood what it was. Like Carl, I'm sure Cory is at peace and is not longer suffering. I believe Carl's pain was more the being locked in his own thoughts unable to speak and tell anyone what he was feeling. God Bless you and your family.


Patricia Bovee

09/08/14 08:50 AM #5    

Thomas Waugh

I have a lot og good memories of playing football and running track with Corey.  God Bless you brother and may you rest in peace.

09/11/14 01:46 AM #6    

Earl W. {Bill} Powers

I remember Corey as always being one of "the good guys." The world was a better place for his having been here and the Corps was better for his having served. Semper Fidelis. Devil Dog...guard those heavenly streets for us all.

05/18/15 06:14 PM #7    

William Hanley

Corey and I remained friends especially through my brother John who roomed with Corey as batchelors in the early 1970 and as a friendly banker and successful businessman. Corey had just brought a bank back from the dead when he called to tell me he had ALS and the outlook was grim. As usual he faced his battle with courage and determination. He likely developed ALS as a result of his two tours in Vietnam (agent orange?) but never complained. A real credit to his nation and a man that added much to my life. I just remembered that Corey and I met after he transferred to NEHI in spring football. As usual he decided the best way to make an impression was to "engage" the first person who was big enough to give him a good fight. I retrospect I have to give him the victory but it was a good but brief fight. He earned the respect of every member of the team and became my life long friend. Gob bless him. 

07/31/15 02:57 PM #8    

Linda Hoban (Engel)

He was a cutie and a real nice guy


04/04/16 01:19 AM #9    

Stan Higginbotham

Last time I saw Corey  was spring  of 66 in D.C. . Ed Cochran and I were headed to Rockport,Mass for summer resort work. Wanted to go to B street in Georgetown to party but Corey had a term paper to finish and due the next. I shared rides with him as I had a car and we lived close . He was a warm and great friend and loved M Wilson, yes she was funny and it was always fun to be around them. M Wilson had that great T-Bird soft top.His smile and honest humor is missed.

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