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John Coburn obituary – BROOKLYN, NY AND HARTFORD, CT

John Russell Coburn, 65, architect and engineer and 28-year resident of Brooklyn, NY, died Tuesday (May 1, 2001) at New York Hospital surrounded by his family. He died of complications from a long battle with multiple myeloma. He was an architect and passionate builder who was involved in the construction of many institutional projects, including the Jacob Javitis Convention Center, New Boston City Hall, Boston Five Cents Savings Bank, and Woodhull Hospital. In addition, he was a friend and mentor to a generation of young architects and builders, with whom he shared his enormous technical knowledge and love for building with warmth, humor and a twinkle in his eye. Born in Waterbury, he was the son of the late Elmer R. and Marie (Greenan) Coburn. He spent his formative years in Hartford, where he attended Weaver High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Connecticut and a degree in architecture from MIT. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. He is survived by his wife, Therese Letourneau; two sons, Brendan R. and his fiancée, Bertina Ceccarelli, and Christopher I. and his wife, Sarah Heming of New York City; and a granddaughter, Maisie. In addition, he is survived by two brothers, Raymond E. of Simsbury, and Richard J. of Bloomfield; numerous nieces and nephews; and a predeceased brother, Anthony B.. Memorial services will be held at St. Boniface Church, 190 Duffield St., Brooklyn, NY, Saturday, May 5, 1:00 p.m. Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.