Edward Patrick Coffey

Edward Patrick Coffey

Edward Patrick Coffey passed away in Oakland, California, on June 9 of complications from Alzheimer's disease and cancer. He was 86.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Clare Oliverio Coffey, daughters Lisa Coffey Mahoney (Robert), Sheila Coffey Kilty (Kevin), grandchildren Daniel and Kate Mahoney and Shannon and Jenna Kilty, many nieces and nephews, extended family members and friends.

Born on Nov. 27, 1926, Edward was the youngest child of the late Nora Regan and Patrick Coffey, and was predeceased by his siblings Daniel, John, Mary and Nora. He was always proud to say he grew up in San Francisco's Mission District, on Florida Street specifically.

He attended St. Peter's School (Class of 1944), then earned a bachelor's degree in economics at St. Mary's College in Moraga (Class of 1950), an MBA at U.C. Berkeley and a teaching credential at the University of San Francisco. He served in the Army during World War II and was stationed in the Aleutian Islands.

Ed worked for Pan American Airlines, served as Director of Business Services at University of San Francisco, and was a lecturer in marketing and industrial relations in USF's Evening College for more than 20 years.

He was a Personnel and Training Director for Grand Auto and launched his own consulting business specializing in marketing, retailing, sales and human relations.

Dad enjoyed traveling with Mom. He loved to work out at the gym and run around Lake Merritt. He participated in several races including Bay to Breakers the Brass Pole Run and the grueling Dipsea. He was a great sports fan and enjoyed watching his grandchildren participate in athletics.

The family is grateful to the staff at Lakeside Park who provided Dad compassionate care during the last three years, and to Sutter VNA Hospice staff who provided support during his final weeks.

A celebration of Ed's life will be held on Tuesday, June 18, beginning at 10:30 a.m., at St. Theresa Church, 30 Mandalay Rd., Oakland. Contributions in Ed's memory may be made to St. Peter's School Memorial Fund, 1266 Florida St., San Francisco, CA 94110.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on June 16, 2013