1931 – 2016

LARGO, Fla. — David B. Triggs Jr. died peacefully in Largo, Fla., on Thursday, July 21, after a brief illness. He was 85.

Born April 9, 1931, in Springfield, Mass., Dave spent most of his formative years in Thomaston, Conn., where his family worked at Seth Thomas, the famous clockmaker. After graduating from high school in 1949, Dave enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Great Lakes, Ill. While on furlough with a Navy buddy, Dave met the love of his life, Madeleine L. “Maddy” Coulombe in Lewiston. They were wed July 4, 1951, at Holy Cross Catholic Church and established their home in Lewiston.

Dave joined the U.S. Coast Guard in 1952 and served his country for 20 years, rising to the rank of chief warrant officer three. He was stationed in Portland, Rockland, Boston and Staten Island, N.Y., though he spent many months at sea on weather patrol. Dave was a member of the Coast Guard Cuttermen Association and enjoyed attending reunions in Portland.

Dave and Maddy moved to Largo after he retired from the military in 1972. In Florida, he worked at Ross Yachts, Federal Express and the city of Largo.

Dave and Maddy were founding members of St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church in Clearwater, Fla. Maddy passed away in June 2014.

Dave is survived by his son, Steven D. Triggs, and daughter-in- law, Barbara Triggs, from Orlando, Fla.; along with two grandchildren, Bailey Triggs of Waltham, Mass., and Tyler Triggs of Chicago, Ill.

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