Steven Paul Coffey

  • Born: December 22, 1914
  • Died: February 7, 2018
  • Location: South Windsor, Connecticut

Carmon Community Funeral Homes

807 Bloomfield Avenue
Windsor, CT 06095

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Steven Paul Coffey, 103, of South Windsor, CT, died February 7, 2018. He was born December 22, 1914, in North Walpole, New Hampshire, son of the late Frank and Agnes (Popciac) Coffey, both of whom immigrated from Poland. Life was difficult during his childhood during the Great Depression. He was a graduate of Bellows Falls High School, class of 1933. Steve moved to Hartford where he met and subsequently married Helena Mozdzierz on October 1, 1938. Helena died in April of 2009. Steve owned his own service station on Center Street in Manchester and worked for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft (1941-1944) before serving in the US Army (February 1944 - January 1946) in the 3067th Ordnance Service Company in Alaska as an automotive mechanic and motor analyst, achieving the rank of Technician Third Grade. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon, and the Victory Medal. After his military service, Steve continued to operate his service station and returned to Pratt & Whitney. He eventually sold his business and retired from Pratt in 1976 after 37 years in East Hartford and Middletown, eventually “working his way up” to general foreman. In their retirement years, Steve and Helena traveled to Europe and throughout the US, and enjoyed vacations and made many friends at their “camp” in Unity, Maine. Steve played many rounds of golf at Lakeview Golf Club in Burnham, ME, and also at courses in CT. He was an avid bowler at Silver Lanes in East Hartford, CT and in Vernon until he was in his 90’s. Steve loved his family, friends, neighbors (especially Bev and Richard Kopp), his former co-workers at P&W, his bowling buddies, Lakeview golf partners, and his friends at McDonalds in Vernon, Buckland, etc. He was a believer in hard work and self-reliance. Steve would tell you, “I have lived the American dream.” Steve leaves a son, Thomas Coffey of Hartford; a daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth, and Michael Gross of East Haddam; his grandson Matthew Gross and spouse, Kanae Haneishi; a great-grandson, Koji Haneishi-Gross, a great-granddaughter, Niko Haneishi-Gross, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by an infant son, Steven Paul Coffey, Jr.; four sisters, Stephina Houlihan, Sophie Ormsby, Helen White and Mary Smith; and two brothers, Charles Coffey and Frank Coffey. His family will receive friends for calling hours on Sunday, Feb. 11th, from 2-4 p.m., at the Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Rd., South Windsor. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, Feb. 12th, 10 a.m., at St. Margaret Mary Church, 80 Hayes Rd., South Windsor. Burial will follow at Wapping Cemetery in South Windsor, with Military Honors. Memorial donations may be made to St. Margaret Mary Church, c/o St. Junipero Sera, 80 Hayes Rd., South Windsor, CT 06074. Please visit us at www.carmonfuneralhome.com for online condolences and guest book.


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My Dad, Philip Cormier, was a brief roommate of his in December and enjoyed his company. He died December 22, your Dad's birthdate. My family enjoyed chatting with your Dad when we visited from out of state. So even brief encounters meant a lot to all of us. judy (Philip's daughter)

Posted by A friend   February 11, 2018

I am deeply sorry for your loss. As a former neighbor, I occasionally had the opportunity to chat with Mr. Coffey and hear wonderful stories of his past, always told with good humor, optimism and a sense of gratitude. Certainly his was a long life well lived and well loved. He is in my prayers.

Posted by Ellen King - South Windsor, CT   February 11, 2018

Tom, I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Teresita Alvarez

Posted by A friend   February 11, 2018

Tom, I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by A friend   February 10, 2018

Our sincere sympathies for your loss.

Posted by Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home - South Windsor, CT   February 09, 2018