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Amos Coffman Jr. Obituary
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July 30, 2013
Farwell dear Amos. I have many fond memories and will miss you.

Neighbor G.
July 29, 2013
For several reasons, while I knew Amos for many years, our interactions were largely brief and incidental. I always felt, however, and now even more so with his passing, that his obvious extraordinary intellect was matched by his personal integrity which was less evident, I believe, since Amos moved through life with quiet dignity and unstudied balance. In sum, he was a gentleman.

Clyde Kurlander
July 29, 2013
Amos will be greatly missed by his teammates on the Evanston Wild catfish Masters Swim Team. I loved swimming with Amos not only because he set a steady pace, but he always had a positive attitude and showed kindness to his lane mates. Amos seemed to know when people needed a compliment or word of encouragement to help them to continue working hard. He was a regular at the early morning weekend practices in Evanston and the 5:15 am weekday summer practices in Wilmette. He was also an avid cyclist. In fact, on many Saturdays in the summer, Amos could be seen riding his bike to swim practice, swimming the killer hour and a half workout, and then biking back home again to Albany Park. He really was quite the athlete and competitor! Recent standout swims for Amos included placing at the 2005 Long Course Nationals in California in the 200 Free and 50 Fly, as well as taking two first places at the Illinois State Meet in 2004 (50 and 100 Fly). Amos was quite the flyer and I always appreciated the advice he would give me on how to improve my stroke. Amos had great discipline and perseverance as an athlete, and brought these same qualities to his illness, meeting the challenges with dignity and optimism. Even when he wasn't swimming with us, we continued to keep in touch at monthly “Breakfast with Amos” outings. Amos valued his friends and family, always speaking of his wife, Julie, with fondness and affection and of his pride in his sons. The swim team plans to honor the memory of Amos after practice on August 10.

You will be missed by all of us, Amos. As you enjoy swimming and cycling in heaven, may your bike paths be ever smooth, and may all your starts and turns be perfect!
July 29, 2013
I got to know Amos through his work as an attorney for several of my clients, who always had a very high opinion of him. Coincidentally we were both members of Fourth Presbyterian Church, where he was an active and valued member. Amos and I got together for lunch several times, and I remember one in particular, in early 2004, when he commented to me about one of the candidates running for the Democratic Senate nomination: You should keep an eye on Barack Obama – he's going places!
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