Michael Desmond Coffey, 85, of Mentor, passed away July 10, 2013, at Hospice of the Western Reserve.
An Irish immigrant, Mike spent his childhood in New York City. He entered the U.S. Navy at the age of 17 and with assistance from the G.I. Bill graduated from Ithaca College.
Drafted by the Boston Red Sox, Mike played catcher in the minor leagues. A sales job with Prentice Hall brought the Coffey family to Lake County, where he eventually pursued a career in real estate and law. He was the founding principal of Willo Shore Realty and the law firm of Coffey, Kosher, Gambol & DiPalma. He was elected Lake County Commissioner in 1968 and served for more than 20 years and remained keenly interested in local politics until his death.
Mike was a member of numerous civic and philanthropic organizations including The Lake County Rotary Club, The Lake County Bar Association and The Lake County Exchange Club. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed membership over the years at Madison Country Club, Pine Ridge and most recently Legend Lakes Golf Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Barry and Clare Coffey.
Mike was the devoted husband of 59 years to Bernadette (Danaher); loving father of Kathleen Kenny (Robert), Colleen Burke and Kevin (Lorene); and cherished grandfather of Michaela, Mary Kate and Maureen Kenny, Kelly Stakich (Ryan), Jennifer Bajc, Timothy and Patrick Burke, Michael (Kelly Walsh) and Matthew Coffey.
Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. Saturday, July 13, at Our Lady Chapel, Gilmour Academy, 34001 Cedar Road, Gates Mills, followed by a funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to UH Connect at University Hospitals of Cleveland, Hospice of the Western Reserve, The Lake County Animal Shelter or Gilmour Academy Scholarship Fund.
Arrangements are entrusted to McMahon-Coyne-Vitantonio Funeral Homes in Willoughby and Mentor.
Published in www.News-Herald.com on July 12, 2013