William D. "Bill" Coffey
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COFFEY William (Bill) D. Coffey, age 80, beloved husband of Mary Martin Coffey, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, December 31, 2007. Born in Shelton on May 15, 1927, he was the son of the late Edward J. and Anna Dunne Coffey. In addition to his wife, Bill is survived by two sons, a daughter, and five grandchildren: John Coffey and his wife, Mary of Milford and their sons, Michael, Brendan and his wife Julie; Richard Coffey and his wife, Nancy of Woodbridge and their daughters, Kathleen and Patricia; and Maureen Coffey of Derby and her daughter Caroline. He is also survived by two brothers, Edward Coffey, Jr. of West Columbia, S.C. and Daniel Coffey of Wethersfield. He was pre-deceased by his sister, Jane Coffey Grant. Immediately after graduating from Shelton High School in 1944, Bill joined the Navy, serving until 1946. He graduated cum laude from Boston College in 1951 then began a career in latex foam manufacturing that would last for over 50 years. From 1951 to 1975, he worked in the same location for three different companies in Shelton, until it was destroyed by arson in March, 1975. Later that year, he resurrected the business, co-founding Latex Foam Products, now known as Latex International. Bill was, at various times, its President, CEO and Chairman of the Board. During his long career, he also helped establish latex foam plants in Brazil, England and Canada. As an active volunteer and supporter of his community, Bill was honored for his dedication and generosity, receiving the Charles H. Flynn Humanitarian Award from the Valley United Way, the Birmingham Foundation?s Good Neighbor Award, the Irishman of the Year Award from the Avoca Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Valley "Good Scout" Award, among other awards. Bill was an active member of his Church, serving in the Legion of Mary at St. Mary and St. Jude in Derby and Our Lady of the Assumption in Woodbridge. Most recently, he was a devoted parishioner of Our Lady of Victory in West Haven. He will be remembered best as a loving husband, father, grandfather, friend and true gentleman. Friends may call on Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the West Haven Funeral Home, 662 Savin Avenue, West Haven. Funeral services from the West Haven Funeral Home at the Green Thursday morning at 10:30. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Our Lady of Victory Church at 11. Interment will be in Mount St. Peter's Cemetery in Derby. In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make donations to Griffin Hospital Cancer Center, Attention Development Fund, 130 Division Street, Derby, CT 06418 or to Our Lady of Victory School, 620 Jones Hill Road, West Haven, CT 06516.

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Published in Connecticut Post from Jan. 1 to Jan. 2, 2008.
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January 13, 2008
To Mary and the entire Coffey family. It is with great sadness that we heard of Bill's passing when we returned from visiting our daughter in California. He was a true gentleman and will be missed by many Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Fondly,
Pete & Jean Vaccaro, Shelton
Peter & Jean Vaccaro
January 6, 2008
Dear Mary and family
It is with great sadness that I learned of Bill's passing. He was one of the finest people I ever met with in business, a true gentleman. our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this very sad time.

Sincerely

Joseph W. Appleby
(Retired Tiarco Chemical)
Joseph Appleby
January 4, 2008
Dear Mary, Maureen, John and Dick and Family:
Please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of your dear Husband and Father. Bill was a true gentleman, always willing to assist in any way. As mayor I recall working with both Steve Kordiak and Bill on issues involving Latex Foam. He was an outstanding corporate citizen. The entire "Valley" has lost a true friend.
Sincerely,
Tom Clifford
January 4, 2008
To
Mary and the entire Coffey family My deepest sympathies, at the loss of your husband father, and grandfather. He was such a great man, an inspiration to my late father and our entire family.
Love and prayers
Joe Pagliaro, Jr
Joe Pagliaro, Jr.
January 2, 2008
To the entire Coffey Family,
It was an honor and a privilege to know Bill and to benefit from time I was in his company at my office or his and on vacation with him and Mary.
Bill will be missed, but never forgotten.
Love,
Dave Rifkin
David Rifkin
January 1, 2008
Dear John and family,

Kim and I would like to express our condolences on the passing of your Father. I know that your many friends at MYC will keep you, as we do, in thought and prayer.
Sincerely, Chris Carveth, MYC
Christopher Carveth
January 1, 2008
Mrs. Coffey, I was surprised and saddened to hear of Mr. Coffey's passing. You know that we all thought the world of him at our office. (Dr. Schwartz) What a genuinely wonderful man he was and will be remembered as. My sincere sympathy to you and your family.
Linda Tucci
January 1, 2008
rest in peace fellow classmate,mycondolences to your family
frank gerchy
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