It is with great sadness that we report the death of Kevin Francis Coughlin in Roanoke on July 23, 2013 after a brief illness.
He was the son of the late John and Frances Coughlin of Shrewsbury, Mass.
Kevin was born in Colchester, Vt., Jan. 18, 1948, and grew up in Ohio and Tennessee. He attended Xavier University on a football scholarship, where he excelled as fullback and linebacker.
He worked for many years helping low-income people find affordable housing on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. In the late 1990s he pursued a master’s in education and moved to Salem, Mass., where he taught junior high reading in the Beverly, Mass. school system. Kevin retired several years ago to a secluded mountaintop in Hiwassee.
Kevin was known for his sense of humor, kind-hearted spirit, love of music, and devotion to family. He leaves his daughter, Erin Lashnits Coughlin Herman and her husband, Daniel Herman, of Berkeley, Calif., and their daughter, Ada Frances Herman. He also leaves four brothers and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Steve Coughlin.