Coates, Benjamin

January 26th, 2011

Benjamin L. Coates, age 85, of East Wakefield, NH, formerly of Wilmington and Malden, died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, on Monday, January 24, 2011, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Medford, MA, on August 31, 1925, Benjamin was the dear son of the late Benjamin W. and Jeanette M. (Banks) Coates, he grew up in Malden and attended Malden Public Schools. During World War II, Benjamin joined the Merchant Marines and served overseas. He married Ida M. Hardy in 1945, while still in the service, and together they shared over 60 years of marriage and raised five children. Ben and Ida lived with their family in Wilmington for over 45 years and spent many weekends camping in New Hampshire with family and friends before retiring to East Wakefield, New Hampshire over 15 years ago. Prior to retiring, Ben was a Union Carpenter for many years and a talented craftsman.

In his spare time, Ben was an avid gardener and loved to raise his chickens, he had a fondness for animals and often took home strays that were kept for family pets.

He will be fondly remembered as simple guy, hard worker, and a devoted family man, he loved spending time with his family and especially loved to spoil the grandchildren. Ben was dearly loved by his family and will be greatly missed.

Benjamin was the beloved husband of Ida M. (Hardy) Coates. Devoted father of Benjamin L. Coates, Jr. & his wife Diana of East Wakefield, NH, Harold Coates & his wife Donna of Amesbury, Thomas Coates & his wife Anne and Charlotte “Cece” Zolt & her husband Jeff all of Wilmington, and the late Frank Coates. Loving grandfather of 18 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Ben is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, January 26, from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. Funeral Home service will take place on Thursday, January 27, at 11:00 a.m. Interment in the family lot at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.


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