Lawrence (Larry) P. Coassin, 54, of Hamden, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 8th, 2013, at his home surrounded by his family. He was the husband of 31 years to Emily Castiglione Coassin, proud father to Polly Coassin Franzen and her husband Jason, and Lawrence (Rence) P. Coassin Jr., beloved grandfather to Addison Franzen, and master to dog, Shiloh. Larry was born in New Haven on August 24th, 1958. He was the son of John and Joanne (Zichichi) Coassin of Hamden; was a graduate of Hamden High School (’76), Babson College (‘80), and the University of Miami Law School (’83). He was a member of the American, Connecticut, and New York Bar Associations, and the banking and business law associations. He was a senior partner at Robinson and Cole LLP, where he practiced since September of 1983 as a corporate attorney. As a lawyer, Larry was very gifted and experienced, having a unique ability to retain clients and guide them through some of the firm’s largest and most sophisticated dealings. Larry took pride in being a very dedicated friend and mentor to his fellow team members at Robinson and Cole. Larry was supported by his dedicated assistant, Lynn Dombrauskas, for close to twenty years. As an astute business investor, Larry personally acquired as investments, several businesses in a variety of industries. Brother of John Coassin Jr. and Linda Woodward, Susan Coassin, Donna and Michael Pugliese (Michael and Keri, Peter, Andrew), Michael Coassin (Maxwell, Christian, Sophie, Skylar). Also survived by his devoted mother-in-law Pamela Schwab Castiglione and in-laws Joseph and Janice Castiglione (Duke and Kiki, Tom and Rachel, Katie and Mike), Carolyn and Tom Peterson (Tyler), Cherie Castiglione (Pam and Pete, Emily), Dr. Frank and Janis Castiglione (Frank, Andrew and Beth, Faith), Pam and Sam Potolicchio (Sam, Blake and Nikki, Michael, Caroline, Matthew), Dr. Charles and Connie Castilgione (Jeffrey, Erik, Michael, Rachel, Vanessa), Hope and Tom Gower (Victoria, Emily, Olivia); and by many loving and devoted business partners, friends, and dedicated caregivers. Predeceased by his father-in-law Dr. Frank Castiglione, Sr. Larry’s impact was widespread and deep. He made it his mission to advocate for and change the lives of those he cared about. He truly enjoyed their successes, while at the same time deflecting credit. Most importantly, he was extremely proud of his family and his children and grandchild.
Family and Friends are invited to go directly to St. Rita Church, 1620 Whitney Avenue, Hamden on Friday at 10am to attend a mass of Christian burial, and are also invited to attend the committal services immediately following at Centerville Cemetery, Hamden. The visiting hours will be Thursday from 3-8pm at the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue, North Haven. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Lawrence P. Coassin and Family Fund at Choate Rosemary Hall, 333 Christian St, Wallingford CT, 06492, The Development Office, Attn: Dan Courcey (203-697-2649)