The Trent community is saddened to learn of the passing of Jerry Coughlan, founder of Coughlan Homes (J.F.C. Developments). The recent Trent Durham GTA honorary degree recipient was well known for the development of residential homes and commercial buildings in Durham Region, such as the Deer Creek Golf Club, and support for numerous community organizations.
“We greatly recognize and value Jerry’s role as a community builder and philanthropist,” said Dr. Scott Henderson, dean and head of Trent University Durham GTA. “Jerry’s legacy has left a path for a new generation of community builders who are committed to learning, growing and giving.”
As the youngest of 11 children, the self-made business leader started his own construction business at the age of 20 with a loan from his mother and a passion for learning. Early on, he founded the Jeremiah and Mildred Coughlan Foundation to support high school students and students in financial need. Mr. Coughlan has since donated over $15 million dollars to numerous local organizations that have special meaning to him.
In 2019, when recognized with an honorary degree – Trent’s highest honour – Mr. Coughlan was described by a nominator as: “Kind. Compassionate. Hard Working. Humble. These are words that have been used to describe Jerry Coughlan. Through his hard work, perseverance, and according to Jerry, ‘maybe a bit of luck,’ he was able to build a construction empire, and acknowledging his success, he feels the need to give back to his community.”
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Trent extends heartfelt sympathies to Mr. Coughlan’s family and friends, and to all who knew him at the University.
In honour of Mr. Coughlan the flag atop the Bata Library will be lowered to half-mast position on the day of his visitation.