Col. Edmund Howard Coulter, USMC (RET)

  • Born: June 27, 1921
  • Died: August 14, 2005
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Tribute & Message From The Family

Husband, Father, Friend and Proud Marine

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Edmund by adding your memories and photos.

Retired U.S. Marine Corps Colonel, Edmund H. Coulter, husband of Louise M. Coulter, passed away on Sunday, August 14, 2005.

Colonel Coulter was a veteran of 30 years of service and three wars.

He was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, to the late Howard and Lucy (Cartwright) Coulter. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1942 and upon completion of flight training was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. He saw action in the Solomon Islands of the South Pacific during World War II, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medals. For his actions in Korea, he was awarded the Silver Star Medal. In Vietnam, he served as both a Squadron Commanding Officer and as a Marine Aircraft Group Commanding Officer. He received two Legion of Merits and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.

Colonel Coulter was a graduate of Boston Latin High School, Boston, MA. He received a Bachelor of Science degree and the Master of Arts degrees from the College of the Holy Cross. He also completed the Advanced Management Program of the Graduate School of Business Administration at Tufts University.

After retiring, he joined the staff of the University of Massachusetts at Boston. He also served as Co-chair of the Retired Officers Association, and Treasurer of the Weston Seniors Golf Association, and was a member of numerous other professional and service organizations.

Edmund was a family man and cherished his children and grandchildren. He was a doting father, loving husband and caring friend. His love of country and dedication to service followed him throughout his full life. He will be sorely missed.

Surviving Colonel Coulter is his sister, Carmen Briggs of Saugus, MA; son, James F. Coulter of Sacramento, CA; daughter, Lorraine McGuinty and son-in-law, John McGuinty of Brattleboro, VT; grandsons, Peter and Brett McGuinty of Brattleboro, VT, Vincent Cordelay of Houston, TX.

Funeral Mass with full Military Honors will take place on August 17 at 11am at the Tributes Funeral Home, Boston, MA. Visitation one hour prior to service. Burial at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, MA.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to a charity of your choice .


Condolence & Memory Journal

Our sympathies

Posted by Lee    June 30, 2017


You are the best

Posted by Tom - Atlanta, GA - friend   July 17, 2013


Proud to have served with you!

Posted by Roger Y. - Nashua, NH - Patriot   December 04, 2012


Thank you so much for your service.

Posted by Jay W. - Burlington, MA - Friend   December 04, 2012


Semper Fi Brother Howard. Semper Fi! Thank you for your service to our country and may you rest in peace.

Posted by John H. - Boston, MA - Fellow Marine   November 30, 2012


You were in our hearts at Margo's wedding in October. You would have been so proud of the lovely young lady she has become. Thinking of you today and always.

Posted by Louise - Fitzwilliam, NH - Family Friend   November 01, 2012

I served under Col. Coulter as an F-4B mechanic in Chu Lai. I am sorry to hear of his passing.

Posted by Ed Reynolds - Chula Vista, CA - MAG-13, Chu Lai   September 03, 2005


Ed was a great friend from the neighborhood. When he went off to Boston Latin and I went to Dorchester High our paths separated; but my parents often saw his family and we were all so proud of him and his service to our country. My condolences to his family members.

Posted by Tom - Roslindale, MA - A Dorchester Friend   August 22, 2005

We thank you for defending our great nation.

Posted by Ceciline - Tuscon, AZ - patriot and friend of family   August 17, 2005

Semper Fi.

Posted by Matt F. - Boston, MA - Friend   August 17, 2005


We're so devastated to hear of Edmund's passing. Wishing you comfort in the difficult days ahead.

Posted by Lorraine Benzori - Friend   August 16, 2005


Miss you, Ed! You were the best neighbor and friend. God bless.

Posted by Jean Brown - Boston, MA - Neighbor   August 16, 2005

Posted by Joe - Virginia Beach, VA - old friend   August 16, 2005


Ed - Proud to have served alongside you. Betty and I are thinking of you.

Posted by John McDonald - Dallas, TX - patriot   August 16, 2005


I'm very sorry to hear about Edmund's passing. I feel blessed to have known him. He will be greatly missed!

Posted by Jean M. - Boston, MA - Friend   August 15, 2005

We'll miss having you vacation at the Beach House this year. We'll never forget you!

Posted by The Cooper Family - Gloucester, MA - Friends   August 15, 2005


Dear Carmen & family, we are so sorry to hear about Ed. Our thoughts are with you during this time. With love,

Posted by Alexandra & Marvin - Huntington Beach, CA - Cousin   August 15, 2005

Family Album

Dad loved sitting outside.
Dad with Jesse and Henry.
Mom and Dad were so in love.
Dad loved Frank the dog.

Family Album

Being a grandpa provided so much joy to dad.
He loved his country.
The vacation to Thailand in 2002 was a lifelong dream.
Dad was such a wonderful handyman.
Taps being played at Arlington National Cemetery

Military Album

Dad and his buddies.

Community Photos

We'll miss having you vacation at the Beach House this year. We'll never forget you!
I served under Col. Coulter as an F-4B mechanic in Chu Lai. I am sorry to hear of his passing.
Semper Fi.
We thank you for defending our great nation.
Our sympathies