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Maurice COGHLIN

Maurice ‘Mac’ Alba Coghlin, aged 96, passed away on October 6, 2023. He considered himself an incredibly fortunate individual, as his life was filled with mostly positive experiences. Maurice was blessed to have Grace as his wife for over 70 years, describing her as a beautiful, understanding woman who he loved dearly. Unfortunately, he experienced some sorrow when his son Bill passed away in 1992. Maurice was also grateful for his son Charles and his wife Patricia, as well as his son William and his wife Denise. Maurice expressed his gratitude towards his son-in-law, Al Miller, who provided thoughtful and compassionate care to both Maurice and Grace during their later years. He was the son of Clarence and Dallas Coghlin from Listowel, ON. Maurice was the proud grandfather of five grandchildren and one step-granddaughter, and he cherished his nine great-grandchildren deeply.

During Maurice’s life, he had the opportunity to serve in various capacities. He proudly served in the Canadian Technical Training Corps in 1945. From 1946 to 1954, he served in the Royal Canadian Artillery. In 1954, Maurice enlisted in the London City Police where he dedicated nearly 32 years of his life. Many may remember him as Constable Coghlin, as he had the privilege of touring schools in London, educating children about safety. Maurice fondly remembered those years and cherished the memories he made with the principals, teachers, and students he encountered. He often commented on the amusing things children would say, recognizing that “kids really do say the darndest things!”

During his career in the police force, Maurice also had the good fortune of establishing and building two Pipe Bands: the 1st London City Police Pipes & Drums and the Forest City Irish Pipes & Drums. His efforts were recognized when he was placed on the Mayor’s Honour Roll. In 1973, he had the honor of being introduced to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. Maurice cherished his experience of having his two sons, Charles and William, grow up as part of these bands. He had a deep love for music and spent 12 years singing in the Presbyterian Church Choir. Additionally, Maurice thoroughly enjoyed dancing with Grace.

Maurice expressed his heartfelt appreciation to his special friends at St. Lawrence Presbyterian Church, whose support and love sustained him throughout his later years. Visitation to pay respects will be held on November 3, 2023, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Westview Funeral Chapel, located at 709 Wonderland Road North, London. A memorial service will take place on November 4, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. with interment at Fairview Cemetery in Listowel.

Maurice was thankful to have had many friends and, in lieu of flowers, requested that his friends take a moment to remember the times they spent together, sharing jokes or singing at pub nights with members of the bands he established. During his last two and a half years, Maurice resided at the Parkwood Veterans Home in London. He received exceptional care from a team of health professionals who provided kindness, humor, and compassion. If desired, donations can be made to the St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation – Veterans Care Program, St. Lawrence Presbyterian Church, the Canadian Cancer Society, or the Alzheimer Society of Canada. Further details about making donations or leaving online condolences can be found at http://www.westviewfuneralchapel.com. Maurice wanted to leave his friends and loved ones with a message of positivity, saying, “Don’t be sad folks. I had a great life. Goodbye.”

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