Lowell, Mass., farrier Thomas "Coupie" Coupe passed away Saturday, March 24, 2018. He was 94.

Coupe learned blacksmithing from the Ahern family, whom he became friends with when he was very young. He used the skills they taught him to start a blacksmithing and farriery career when he was 16. He shoed horses in the New England area until he was drafted into the Navy during World War II.

Coupe was well-known and loved for many things, including his sense of humor, artistic talent, love of boxing and personal neatness. He regularly shined his shoes, a habit that he kept up throughout his life.

A celebration of Coupe's life will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon March 28, 2018, at the McKenna-Ouellette Funeral Home at 327 Hildreth St., Lowell, MA 01850. The funeral service will begin at noon. The family requests that those who wish to pay their respects do so in their "best-shined shoes" to honor Coupe. To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit  www.mckennaouellette.com.