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.
Published in Connecticut Post from Jan. 1 to Jan. 2, 2008.