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Joseph "Joe" Coelho Jr.


1937 - 2020
Joseph "Joe" Coelho Jr. Obituary

Joseph Coelho Jr. of San Diego, Calif., formerly of Edison, N.J., died peacefully surrounded by family on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2020. "Joe," as he was known to all, was born in Scranton in 1937 to the late Grace Coelho and Joseph Coelho.

Always a quick study, Joe graduated from Technical High School a year early and later enlisted in the United States Air Force where he proudly served his country and enjoyed traveling the world. Germany, Spain and Morocco were a few of his favorite places and photos and stories of time spent there were some of his most treasured memories.

After the service, Joe began a successful career on Wall Street that spanned four decades working at Spencer Trask and Tucker Anthony in New York, the Midwest Stock Exchange in Chicago, and Sutro & Co. and Sentra Securities in California. Joe was an East Coast native at heart who loved the West Coast. Sailing in Sausalito, being a guest on Stars & Stripes in the 1987 America's Cup, playing golf at Pebble Beach, and traveling with his buddies from the Italian American Golf Association were just a few highlights. A diehard New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Steelers fan, Joe always enjoyed rooting for his favorite sports teams and his annual outings to the Del Mar race track with family and friends.

Joe is survived by his three children whom he loved dearly, Sheila (Michael) Sohr of Yonkers, N.Y.; Colleen (Gary) Peterson of San Diego, Calif.; and Joseph (Lauralea) Coelho of Phoenix, Ariz.; along with his five grandchildren who were his pride and joy, Caroline and Kevin Sohr, Kate Peterson, and Grace and Bella Coelho.


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