CAMPTON, N. H. – Gerald “Jerry” Coken, Campton, N.H., formerly of Cranston, died March 19 in Lebanon, N.H. He was the beloved husband of Patricia (Pokras) Coken. They were married for 59 years. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Irving and Sylvia (Barasch) Coken.
Jerry was a graduate of Hope High School, class of 1948, and Roger Williams University, class of 1950. He was an Air National Guard Veteran of the Korean War, serving in Tripoli, Libya, with the 102nd AC & W Squadron from 1952-1954. He was the vice president and treasurer of Coken Co., Providence, for 30 years, retiring in 1983, and a charter boat captain for 15 years. He was a member of Touro Fraternal Association, Temple Sinai and its Men’s Club and Overseas Lodge of the Masons and Potowomut Country Club. He was a past president of the R.I. Chapter of N.E.C.A. He was an avid skier and golfer.
Devoted father of Lawrence Coken and his wife Cynthia of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Jane Ryan and her husband Christopher of Spencer, Mass., and Stacey Burns and her husband Thomas of Duxbury, Mass. He was the brother of Myron Coken of Cranston. Loving grandfather of Samantha, Tyler, Cierra, Ryan, Jackson and Meagan.
Contributions in his memory may be made to your favorite charity.