David L. Coffin

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David L. Coffin of Sunapee, N.H., Bloomfield, and Naples, Fla., son of the late Dexter D. Coffin Sr. and the late Elizabeth Dorr Coffin, passed away in Hartford on Saturday, July 14, 2012.

David was the retired chairman and chief executive officer of the Dexter Corp., Windsor Locks. Born in Windsor Locks on Dec. 15, 1925, Coffin attended Trinity College (Hartford) and New England College (New Hampshire). He joined the Dexter Corp. in 1947 in the manufacturing department and was the seventh and last generation of the family to work in the business. He held various positions in sales and as general manager. In 1958, Coffin succeeded his father as president and CEO, becoming chairman of the board and CEO in 1966. Coffin was a member of the Dexter board of directors from 1948 until 1994. In 1975, Coffin took the title of chairman and CEO, the position he held until 1990 at which time he retired as CEO, maintaining his position as chairman of the board. In 1993, Coffin retired from the Dexter Corp. as Chairman Emeritus. Coffin had served on the boards of the American Red Cross (Hartford), the Bank of New England Corp., Blu-Ray Inc., Colby-Sawyer College, Connecticut Health Systems Agency, the Connecticut Historical Society, Connecticut Bank and Trust Co., N.A., Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Co., the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, Connecticut Water Co., the Dexter Corp., Granitech Inc., Hasbro Inc., the Horace Bushnell Memorial Hall, the Institute of Living (Hartford), Kimball Union Academy, Life Technologies Inc., the Manufacturers Association of Hartford County, Milton Bradley Co., Mystic Seaport Museum and Stores, the National Association of Manufacturers, New England Colleges Fund, the New England Council, Northeast Utilities, the Old State House (Hartford), Trinity College (Hartford), and the United Way of Greater Hartford. Coffin was stationed in Naples, Italy, while serving in the U.S. Naval Reserve in World War II and was awarded the Victory Medal, the American Theatre Medal, and the European Theatre Medal. He received honorary degrees from Trinity College and Colby-Sawyer College.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Marie Jeanne Cosnard des Closets Coffin of Sunapee, N.H.; daughter, Deborah L. Coffin of Springfield, N.H.; son, Robert G. Coffin of Canton; and four stepchildren, Henry Bissell of Atlanta, Ga., Charles Bissell of Glastonbury, John Bissell of Marietta, Ga., and Caroline d'Otreppe of Suffield. David was predeceased by his son, David L. Coffin Jr. of Atlanta; and his brother, Dexter D. Coffin Jr. of Hobe Sound, Fla.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the Congregational Church of Windsor Locks, 8 Main St., Windsor Locks, followed by a service of Christian burial at Grove Cemetery with military honors.

Arrangements are being handled by the Windsor Locks Funeral Home, 441 Spring St., Windsor Locks.

There will be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Antique Boat Museum, 750 Mary St., Clayton, NY 13624.

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Published in Journal Inquirer from July 18 to July 22, 2012
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