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Richard Walker Coakley
Richard Walker Coakley

WILLIAMSBURG – Richard Walker Coakley died on Oct. 4, 2016 after a brief illness at Sentara Hospital in Williamsburg Va.

Mr. Coakley was born in Havre de Grace, Maryland on Feb. 28, 1926. He achieved rank of eagle scout and graduated high school in 1943. He then attended Franklin and Marshall College preparing for his military service in the US Navy and Northwestern University in the V-7 midshipman school. He was a radar technician on the USS Vela Gulf during WWII. Following his service, he attended University of Maryland on the GI Bill where he received a B.S. in Chemical engineering in 1950. He worked at chemical processing plants in Wilmington, DE, Akins, GA, Niagara Falls, NY and Williamsburg, VA.

While in Niagara Falls, he met a lovely lady, Martha Hildreth in the Young Pros, who would become his wife in 1959. And soon they were blessed with twin girls, Virginia and Janice.

Mr. Coakley was elected into the James City County Board of Supervisors where he served 1968-1971. He worked as an insurance salesman for a few years before landing a great job at the Naval Weapon Station in Yorktown, Va. He retired in 1982 but never retired from life. He continued to be active in gardening, stamp collecting, watching Baltimore Orioles baseball, and attending VFW activities.

Mr. Coakley is survived by his daughters, Janice and Virginia, her husband, Howard; granddaughter, Stacey; great-grandson, Colton; his brother, Bill and his wife, Ruth, and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Martha; his mother and father, Margaret and William; two brothers, Jim and Arthur; and a niece, Jane.

The family will receive family and friends on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016 from 4-6 p.m. at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg, VA. A memorial service will be held on Monday, Oct. 10, 2016 at 1 p.m. Interment to follow at Williamsburg Memorial Park, 130 King William Dr., Williamsburg, VA.

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