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Thomas G. Coffey, 88

OSWEGO, NY – Thomas G. Coffey, 88, a resident of 235 W. Fifth St., Oswego, passed away on Sunday Oct. 10, 2010, at University Hospital, Syracuse.

Thomas G. Coffey
Thomas G. Coffey

Born in Albion, NY, he was a son of the late Thomas and Charlotte (Smith) Coffey and was a graduate of the Albion High School, Class of 1939.

He received his master’s from the State University of Oswego.

Mr. Coffey retired as captain in infantry from the U.S. Army after 20 years of service.

He was a teacher at Margaret Cuyler Elementary School in Red Creek and later retired from Kingsford Park in 1986.

Thomas was a member of American Legion #1757 in Sackets Harbor, Elks #271 in Oswego, the NYS Retired Teachers and the Retired Officers Association.

Surviving are his wife, the former Katherine Metcalf of Oswego; four sons, Thomas (Terry) Coffey, Michael (Mary) Coffey, Matthew Coffey, Peter (Clionna) Coffey all of Oswego; a daughter, JoAnne (Joseph) Kapuscinski of Oswego; a sister, Eleanor Williams of Albion; a brother, Robert Coffey of Plant City, Fla.; nine grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a son, Mark in 1973; a sister, Patricia Dunham; and two brothers, John and David Coffey.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. from St. Mary’s Church.

Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Dowdle Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4-7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Human Concerns Center, Oswego.

6 Comments

  1. Sorry all for this great loss. Loved having him as a teacher and friend. Because of him I will never forget how to spell kwashiorkor. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  2. I am so saddened to hear of Mr. Coffey’s passing. My sympathies go out to his entire family. Mr . Coffee was my master teacher during the fall of 1976. I was his student teacher in sixth grade. He was a wonderful man and I learned so much from him. He was kind but required only the best from his students. He offered a sense of humor, and enjoyed all of his students, and worried about each and every one of them. I have so many memories of Mr. Coffey….and I took many things that I learned from him to my own teaching career of 3o + years . Bless you all.

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