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Born: May 23, 1931

Date of Passing: Jan 18, 2022

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Peacefully, after a brief illness and surrounded by his family, Guy passed away at the St. Boniface Hospital, on January 18, 2022, at the age of 90 years. A man of great faith, he was aware that the Lord was calling him, and of the glory that awaited him.
He leaves behind his wife of 63 years Marlene; and his four children, Donna Komishon (James); Robert (Catherine); Brian (Kimberley); Kenneth (Janine). Grandchildren, Allison (Stefan Bars), Lindsay, Christopher (Brittany) Komishon; Matthew (Emily Raymond), Anne (Tyler Miller), Jane (Seun Okusanya), John; Darby, Mae, Sean; Spencer, Jordan; great-grandchildren, Wesley Bars, Kayode Okusanya, and Archie Miller (born the morning of January 18, 2022).
He also leaves behind many relatives and friends, including first cousins, Lee Downey, Carol Bordass, Joan Lytwyn, and Danny Coughlin (Mary) and Joan Madden, who were more like his brother and sister than cousins.
Guy was born in Winnipeg on May 23, 1931, and was the only child of Helen and Cornelius Coughlin. He was raised on Spence Street where he lived with his parents and extended family including his cousins, Danny, Jimmy, Joan, and Paul Coughlin. He attended St. Mary's School in downtown Winnipeg. At the age of 10, Guy and his parents moved to Deloraine, MB, and grew up in a rural setting while his father was a cattle buyer. When they moved back to Winnipeg they lived on Grosvenor Avenue. He attended Earl Grey School, then Kelvin High School.
After high school, Guy landed a job at Norwich Union Insurance Company where he worked as a marketing representative for 20 years.
He met the love of his life Marlene Cantwell at a St. Ignatius Church bowling event and they married May 17, 1958. After having their first two children in Winnipeg, they were transferred to Thunder Bay, ON and had three more children; including Joanne, who died shortly after birth. In Thunder Bay they met many dear, lifelong friends.
In 1967, they moved back to Winnipeg with four children and settled on Centennial Street. Guy was very active at Sir John Franklin Community Centre calling bingo and shovelling hockey rinks in his spare time.
His insurance career changed when he started his own insurance brokerage in 1971, Guy Coughlin Insurance Agency. Guy and Marlene started the business with no clients in the unfinished basement of the house, with a family of four children to support. We are so proud of what he created. His legacy lives on through his children and grandchildren in the insurance business.
His life was much more than his career. It was his family and his faith that were the most important things in his life. Guy and Marlene were inseparable enjoying 63 years of marriage. They travelled many places together with family and friends. They were so very proud of their children and grandchildren.
Guy was an active long-time member of St John Brebeuf Parish, raising four children in the church and school. His faith was very important to him, and it was his core. He served on the Parish Council, School Board, and was a 4th Degree member of the Knight's of Columbus. He was also President of the Serra Club of Winnipeg, and the Serra Club of Canada which supports vocations to the priesthood and religious life. One of his greatest honours was, as part of the Serra Club International, he met and shook hands with Pope Francis at the Vatican.
Guy was such a kind-hearted man. He would be the first to stop and help anyone with car trouble. If someone took the bus to his office to pay their insurance, he would insist on driving them home. He would meet strangers touring the city and drive them around on a three hour city tour. His kindness was completely instinctive and knew no bounds. We are all better people from knowing and loving Guy Coughlin.
Cremation has taken place, and a funeral will be Tuesday, January 25, 2022, at 11:00 a.m., at St. John Brebeuf Church.
Attendance at the church for the funeral will be limited to 50% capacity with COVID protocols in place. Those wishing to attend must pre-register by sending their name referencing Guy's funeral or request a link to the live stream to
If you wish, donations in Guy's memory may be made to either the Serra Foundation of Canada, or the Holy Names House of Peace.

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Publish Date: Jan 25, 2022


On Tuesday, January 18, 2022, Cornelius J. (Guy) Coughlin passed away at the St. Boniface Hospital at the age of 90 years.
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Publish Date: Jan 20, 2022

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 20, 2022, Jan 25, 2022

Condolences & Memories (14 entries)

  • Marlene, I just learned of the passing of your dear husband. I’m so sorry for your loss. Guy was always so pleasant and joyful to deal with when he came into the office. Loved his words of wisdom, whether it was on a personal note or a story about insurance. Sincerely, Melanie. - Posted by: Melanie Andrushko (Past Employee.) on: Feb 02, 2022

  • Dear Marlene and family, We are so sorry for Guy’s passing. He was a big part of so many peoples lives, especially the extended Coughlin family. He was a wonderful man. Guy always had time for everyone across all generations. Guy knew the Coughlin history and was happy to share our stories. He will be deeply missed and always remembered. We’re sending our condolences and love to you all. Bridget, Tim, Kevin and Brian Coughlin & Families - Posted by: Bridget, Tim, Kevin and Brian Coughlin & Families (Cousins) on: Jan 30, 2022

  • I was a young teenager when I first met Guy as a friend of Bob's. Although I had not seen him often the lasting impression I have of him was always that of a kind gentleman. Rest in peace Guy. To your family, my condolences and peace to all. - Posted by: Alan Grant (Friend) on: Jan 30, 2022

  • A wonderful man. Condolences to the family - Posted by: Steve and Voula Mikos (Friends) on: Jan 28, 2022

  • A good man. May he be blessed with eternal life. My prayers for all his family. - Posted by: Msgr. Michael Moore (Friend) on: Jan 27, 2022

  • lf l may share l had the honor of knowing Guy, for short time his sincere kindness touched me deepy such a wondeful man , who was a true example love and servce to fellow human beings. Gods Speed my fellow knight . - Posted by: roy bechard v (fellow catholic ) on: Jan 26, 2022

  • Condolences to you and your family. - Posted by: Debbie Rusinowicz (Insurance Industry (Aviva)) on: Jan 25, 2022

  • We knew Guy through the insurance business and as neighbours both in River Heights and more recently Charleswood. We were very sorry to learn of his passing. A truly wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. - Posted by: Ken and Christine James (Neighbours ) on: Jan 25, 2022

  • Guy and Marlene were our neighbours for many years on Waverley Street. When our water heater broke he hooked us up with his water system til it was repaired. We always talked over the fence. Guy and Marlene were the best neighbours you could ever have. Rest In Peace. - Posted by: Susan Clubb and Tom Pundyk (Neighbours) on: Jan 25, 2022

  • Marlene and family, We were saddened to hear of Guy’s passing, he seemed eternally young to us. We know you all will gather strength through your faith and through the stories you’ll be sharing with each other and friends. Guy was a man who lived life to the fullest and shared his time with so many. May he Rest In Peace. Jane and Nick Fox - Posted by: Nick and Jane Fox (St. John Brebeuf friends. ) on: Jan 24, 2022

  • I first worked with Guy and Marlene in 1978, calling on them as an insurance field representative at their office in the Paris Building on Portage Avenue. Over the years we developed a strong business and personal relationship. Guy even took the time while on business in Calgary 15 years ago to join us to cheer on my daughter's 6 year old soccer team. Guy was a hard working, gracious and generous man who I am proud to call a friend. I am so sorry to hear of his sudden passing. Know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. David & Patricia Blain - Posted by: David Blain (Friend) on: Jan 23, 2022

  • A Celebration of Life will be held at: St. John Brebeuf Parish Tuesday January 25th at 11:00am. Please go to register intentions to attend at: and or to get live stream. - Posted by: Ken Coughlin (Father) on: Jan 23, 2022

  • My parents met Guy and Marlene through church in the 1970's and became good friends. Our family ALWAYS bought all our insurance from Coughlin Insurance no matter where their office was or where we lived in the City. As the only family member still living in Winnipeg, I still do. Entering their office has always been like visiting family. A 10-minute pop in to renew my insurance always turned into a wonderful long visit with him, something I ALWAYS looked forward to and cherished. No matter where I saw Guy, at an event, a store or their office, he always had a big hug for me and a great story to tell. He had such a wonderful "impish" smile that always created a twinkle in his eyes. For that reason, I thought of him as a leprechaun. My sincere condolences to Marlene and his children, their spouses and all his grandchildren. He will be forever missed by them and his many friends and acquaintances. My mom and dad, Ben & Winnie Pelletier and brother Kurt greeted him with open arms in heaven, and are probably sharing a glass or two and listening to yet another one of Guy's great stories. Always loved...Carla Pelletier Gray (and Michael) - Posted by: Carla Pelletier Gray (Family Friend) on: Jan 21, 2022

  • My condolences to you Marlene and your family. May your memories give you joy and peace. - Posted by: Carmen Catellier (friend) on: Jan 20, 2022

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