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James Coulter

James M Coulter

Jan 28, 1942 - Jun 15, 2020
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Obituary

James M. Coulter of Lake Carmel, New York passed away peacefully at his home on June 15, 2020 with his loving family by his side. He was 78 years old.

Born in Greenpoint, Brooklyn on January 28, 1942, he was the oldest of six children. He was born to the late James T. and Nora (Hillery) Coulter. He graduated from the LaSalle Academy in Manhattan and subsequently earned a Bachelor of Business as well as a Bachelor of Science. On November 28, 1964, he married the love of his life, Kathleen Ann McFaul, at St. Cecelia Church in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Together they had three daughters whom they raised in Brooklyn and later relocated to Lake Carmel, NY with their extended family.

Jim served honorably in the United States Army and was a founding member of the Goldcoats - the development team for the United States Military Academy at West Point’s Academic Computer Center. He later worked for Lockheed Martin, ACS and Xerox in Tarrytown, NY, as a Project Leader of Software Development. Jim’s compassionate nature and understanding of everyone on a personal level led him to be a much-admired boss throughout his entire professional career.

Jim was known to be a determined, natural born leader and caretaker and was looked to for advice and support by all who knew him. He was a tremendously giving man with a fantastic sense of humor. Jim was never, ever at a loss for words and would typically leave a crowd in hysterics with his quick wit. Jim was completely devoted to his family - his grandchildren were his life. He placed everyone’s needs before his own and was immensely loved by all who knew him. Jim had a fascination with science- particularly geology, paleontology, and astronomy- and enrolled in multiple college courses “for entertainment” well into his 60s
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Married for 56 years, he is survived not only by his loving and devoted wife, Kathleen, but their three daughters: Kathy (Jim) Petretti of Lake Carmel, NY, Colleen (Steve) Larson, also of Lake Carmel, NY; and Maureen Coulter (Adam) Moran, of Patterson, NY; his grandchildren: Ryan and Kristina Frey, Madison Moran, and James, Heather, and Danielle Larson. Jim is also survived by his siblings: Michael (Joan) Coulter of Beacon, NY, Maryann (late Ross) Eddy of Poughquag, NY, and Tom (Nan) Coulter of Bethel, CT. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Cathy Coulter of Boca Raton, FL.
He was predeceased by his beloved sister, Sister Honore, OP who he spoke of often and missed beyond measure and more recently his brother, John Coulter, who coincidentally passed away four years to the day prior to Jim’s passing.

The family was assisted with their arrangements by Beecher Funeral Home, 1 Putnam Avenue, Brewster, NY. A memorial celebration will be planned at a future date when the COVID-19 restrictions have been lessened or ended.
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Suheila Haider

Posted at 05:00pm
Jim was well-respected in our business from Lockheed and ACS era. I did not get a chance to meet him in -person but I was honored to have worked in the same team. Jim's name was synonymous to leadership, strength and reliability. May he rest in peace. Sincerest condolences to the family.
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Anthony Derasmo

Posted at 05:27pm
I’ve known Jim since I started at Lockheed IMS back in 1990 and from the first moment I met him I knew he was a very special person who just made you feel so comfortable and calm whenever he was around. The thing that impressed me the most about Jim was that he was always looking out for others and never hesitated to help anyone in need (even people he met outside our building). Anytime I mentioned any kind of problem (medical, family, school), I would have at least 5 or 6 links to articles he found online to help me deal with my problem the next day (often at 3AM). He was truly a shining light of hope and positivity and in the 30 years, I had the privilege of being his friend, he was always there for me. He was my mentor, my most trusted confidant and my dearest friend. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about my own father and now Jim will be part of that club. Rest in peace dear friend. Anthony Derasmo
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Maureen Moran

Posted at 07:23am
Dad,
Happy Father’s Day in Heaven. Thank you for being the best father and papa in the entire universe. I’ve always been and will always be so proud to have you as my Dad. They say “you pick your parents” and I’m so, so grateful for my choice - I would make it time and time again. I wish we had a lot more time with you but I guess Heaven needed lots of laughs, love and aaabsolutely killlllah coffee. I swear to keep my promise and take care of Mommy and your J-Man. I also pinky swear, witch’s honor to not have Dr. S’s medical license revoked because he could have been a little more nurturing and loving because you wouldn’t want me to. I won’t even send him a dead fish in the mail because you wouldn’t want me to do that either (I can’t promise not to write an informative, accurate yelp review - please just let me have that one and then I will stay positive and happy like you would want me to). I also promise to stop being such a sad, shattered mess because you would want me to stop for the kids. Thank you for surrounding us with your sister and brothers and their families throughout this whole nightmare so that no one feels alone and we can be with a piece of you until we get to see you again. Please don’t worry, exhale and know that we will all be okay - I promise. I still can’t believe your last words to me were “you ok?”. Actually, I can because that’s just who you are.

Love love love love love and love you so, so, so, so much.

Happy Father’s Day.
Love,
YFD for ever and always XOXOXOXOXO
Aka Mo, aka Mozie, aka Hurrrrricaine👍💫👨‍👧
🥂🌈☀️💫🍻
PS. I’m very sorry about the astrology versus astronomy mishap in your obituary. I’m sure you are laughing because astrology was “oonga-boonga blah blah” to you. I’m trying to get it switched to astronomy but haven’t had much luck. Maybe we should leave it because it’s actually hysterical imagining you with an interest in astrology☯️🕉☪️😂
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KC

Posted at 10:03am

Uncle Jimmy,
Your legacy of love and laughter continues with Aunt Kathy, Kathy, Colleen, Maureen, sons-in-law and grandchildren.
Thank you for being a good big brother to my dad, Aunt Maryann and Uncle Tom. Please remind them of good times when they miss you.
Your humor, ribbing and caring will be missed by your nieces, nephews and sisters-in-law.
Tell Uncle John ‘hi’ and that we think of him each day. Enjoy telling jokes again with him and Uncle Ross. Enjoy being able to catch up with Aunt Noreen.
Give Grandma and Grandpa, Aunt Margie, and all of our other loved ones, hugs and high fives. Please give them my love and forever gratitude.
I’ll keep the tape recorder going for you.
June 15, 2016 and June 15, 2020 — always remembered — UJ2- always loved.
Love,
Your Goddaughter
K
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james petretti

Posted at 03:55pm
jim petretti aka itailan son in law. i want to share some of jimmies sayings. like it hurts my hair. or you can t make this stuff up.he had quite a presence. you could say he was the mayor. talked to anyone, his grandchildren know him best with those papa talks. you got those if you did something wrong . my wife being the oldest . referred to as his katie he would call her the cruise director of the family. but he was the fearless leader can t forget ryan being the oldest grandson jim called him boomer, james the yougest grandson called j man. kristina the oldest graddaughter she was lady k. then he had danni, heder and miss maddie. oh and nick name for his lovely wife was mac and or mom. lets not forget his love for animals they will miss him so. so now jimmies in heaven with his parents 2 siblings aunts uncles ect. signed your itailan son inlaw. i ve recently have been promoted to the family patriarch. by his youngest maureen aka momo guess i have to lead by example now
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