Tom Coughlin

Tom Coughlin

Sep 11, 1960 – Aug 8, 2017
Tom Coughlin long time resident of Golden and Parson died on August 8, 2017 at East Kootenay Regional Hospital in Cranbrook.

Tom’s love of the mountains brought him to the Columbia Valley where he spent many days climbing and hiking. He settled in Golden in the Spring of 1980 with his devoted spouse and life partner, Deb Borland, and together they built a life, raising two children, Matthew Leif and Christina Nicole.

After a work-related accident in 1990, Tom’s life took a major shift when he was left a quadriplegic. Tom re-designed and re-invented his life many times over as the years progressed. His nearly 27 years as a “quad” left him with a certain perspective. Life is a gift, a package, a mystery to be lived no matter what the circumstance. Attitude and reflection became his keys to happiness and fulfillment.

In recent years, Tom’s family grew to include Leif’s wife, Asya Flaata, Nicole’s husband, Michael Bombardier, and their six children Monico, Madison, Caleb, Austin, MacKenzie and Myla. “Grampa Wheels” was much loved and will be missed by all of his grandchildren.

Tom Coughlin originally came from the East, Ontario, where he is survived by five siblings, Peter, Catherine, Stephen, Andy and Mary Jo, their spouses, and a host of nephews, nieces, and grand-nephews.

After 27 years of living and conquering most of the challenges of life as a quadriplegic, Tom Coughlin died of medical complications. May his spirit and energy live on through our memories and our lives.

We know Tom stands tall now and climbs the peaks with ease.

God speed. Many thanks to those who have reached out and remembered.


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