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Phillip Max Coffey

May 4, 2017
Shepherdstown Chronicle

Phillip Max Coffey, 90, of Shepherdstown, passed away April 11, 2017 at Winchester Medical Center.

He was born Feb. 5, 1927 in Spencer, Indiana, to the late Irma and Rex Coffey.

Phil was also preceded in death by his brother, Bernard Coffey; grandson, Kiel Sturm; and his first wife, Betty Lancaster Pickett.

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Phil grew up in Washington, D.C. and graduated from Eastern High School. He enlisted in the Navy during his Senior year and served in the South Pacific Theater until the end of WWII. He attended Butler University andgraduated from American University on the GI Bill. He was recalled to the

Navy during the Korean Conflict. Phil became a Special Agent for the Office of Naval Intelligence, and he retired after a long career with the National Security Agency.

During his 35 years as a Jefferson County resident, he was involved with many organizations. Phil was a member of the Shepherdstown Rotary Club, and served on the Board of Trustees for Powhatan School in Boyce, Virginia. He served on the Shepherdstown Water Board, Planning Commission and managed the construction of a renovation of the Entler Hotel for Historic Shepherdstown in the nineties. As a long distance volunteer driver for Good Shepherd Care Givers he logged over 80,000 miles driving people to medical appointments.

Phil enjoyed traveling, gardening, golf and spending time with friends and family.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Elizabeth Trump Coffey, and his three children, Laura Grafton and husband, Mark; Paula DeRitis and husband, Eric; Matthew Coffey and wife, Michelle; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

A celebration of his life will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, Shepherdstown at 11 a.m. Friday, April 21.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial contributions to Historic Shepherdstown or Good Shepherd Caregivers.

Arrangements by Brown Funeral Home.

 
 
 

 

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