So. Lawrence — James “Jim” Phillip Cofran, 91, formally of So. Lawrence, died on Friday, January 4, at his son (John Cofran) and daughter-in-law’s (Catherine Cofran) home in So. Yarmouth, where he had been residing with his wife, Marion “Billie” Cofran since June. Jim’s death was the result of complications from Alzheimer’s disease.
During World War II Jim was stationed throughout the Asiatic-Pacific theater in the Sea Bees division of the Navy. After the war he worked as an electrician at Monsanto Chemical in Everett, while raising a family of six in Malden with his wife. After several years of “moonlighting”, teaching evening National Electrical Code courses at Franklin Institute in Boston, Jim decided to make teaching his full time vocation running the Electrical Related studies at the Greater Lawrence Technical High School in Andover. During his time at Greater Lawrence Tech Jim attended night classes at Fitchburg State College where he earned his Bachelors and later Masters degrees in Education.
Jim enjoyed golfing and was an avid bowler. He was also a true New England sports fan and could often be seen correcting his student’s test papers while watching a Patriot’s game on TV and listening to a Bruin’s game on the radio with headphones (all at the same time).
He leaves his wife Billie, of 71 years, and their six children, Judith Taylor, James E. Cofran, Janice Colantuoni, Jeanine Jodoin, John Cofran and Jeffrey Cofran. Jim is also survived by 18 grandchildren and 42 great grandchildren.
ARRANGEMENTS: Only private family services will be held. Donations to the Alzheimer Association or the US Veteran’s Association can be made in lieu of flowers.