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William Richard "Bill" Coffey


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COFFEY, William Richard (Bill), 90, went peacefully to be with the Lord surrounded by his family on Monday, February 1, 2021. Bill is survived by his devoted sons, Thomas (Karen) Coffey and Timothy (Cathy) Coffey, his dedicated daughters, Tracy (Carlos) and Mary (David) Beebe. Bill was blessed by his eight grandchildren, Tyler, T.J. (Ashley), Nathan, Kelly (Benjamin), Matthew, William (Nell), Michael, Kristen (Tadas) and was more blessed with five great-grandchildren, Harper, Larkin, Wiley, Briar Rose, and Maggie. Bill was preceded in death by his lovely wife Helen, brother John Thomas Coffey, mother Audrey (Pyles) Coffey, and Father Joseph Coffey. Bill was very involved in his community and was a long time Rotarian and Councilman-at-Large in Cambridge, Ohio. In his free time, he enjoyed golfing and vacations with his family. He had a 36-year radio career beginning at WJEL in Springfield Ohio and later owned WILE in Cambridge, Ohio and WTRJ in Troy, Ohio. He sold the stations and obtained a Master of Communications at Akron University. He took on a position of marketing at Guernsey Memorial Hospital. Then they relocated to Athens, Ohio where he contributed to the community in a variety of ways. In his retirement Bill felt the calling to teach and was highly regarded as “coach” by many of his students at Hocking College. Finally, after 80 years of work and service, they retired to Dublin, Ohio. They enjoyed their time at Dublin Retirement Center and the Sanctuary at Tuttle Crossing. Bill kept busy writing his one-page thoughts he called “Let’s Pour the Coffey.” A virtual celebration of life to occur Saturday, February 6, 2021 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. A future memorial and mass to occur in several months at Springfield’s Saint Raphael Catholic Church with inurnment to follow at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to an organization which he was involved with “The Wilds” Arrangements by CONROY FUNERAL HOME.
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I am sorry to hear of your loss. Deepest sympathies.

- David Krak, Tuesday February 9th, 2021

I am sorry to hear of the loss of Mr. Coffey. He hired me at WILE as my first job in radio. He was a very fair and respected man. I'm sure his long life has created some wonderful memories. I have mine with my time at the station. He will be missed.

- Bruce Longfellow, Sunday February 7th, 2021

So sorry for your loss. I worked at Hocking College while Bill was there. He once told me, right after losing a beloved dog, that he hoped he died before he had to go through the loss of another pet. I totally understood. He was a great guy and loved by many.

- Suzanne McClure, Saturday February 6th, 2021

Your wonderful father, Bill, gave our dad, George, an opportunity to work for WILE. It changed George's life for the better. Bill will be remembered for his devotion to St.Benedicts Parish and his services to the Cambridge, Ohio community for many years. Thank you for including photos of Bill with George in his deatannouncement.

- Barbara Mingione, Saturday February 6th, 2021

May God Bless Bill and his wife Helen as they are United in all of Jesus’s love. Bill showed nothing but kindness to me in the little time I had to share with him. I always thought of him as a very intelligent man,but one who didn’t need to show it. I pray for his soul and and pray for the large family that Helen and Bill leave behind.

- Reed Markis , Saturday February 6th, 2021

I'm very sorry for your loss. Mr. Coffey lived a great life and his rejoicing in heaven.

- Jon Murphy, Friday February 5th, 2021

Bill was so highly regarded at Hocking. The students loved him. His office was often filled with small groups of students who followed him there after class. When my parents moved to town, he and Helen reached out and made them feel really at home in Athens. More recently he kept many entertained with his daily thoughts and humorous shares. He will be dearly missed

- Deni Hackworth, Thursday February 4th, 2021

i am so sorry to hear about bill's passing. my sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers to his family. bill hired me at wile radio in cambridge in 1972 and gave me an opportunity to work in the business i love. for that i will be forever grateful. bill and helen were very special and raised a wonderful family. god bless. dan earich

- dan earich, Thursday February 4th, 2021

Thoughts and prayers to the family. He was a wonderful man and a friend of the family. 🙏🙏

- Mike Andrews, Thursday February 4th, 2021

Tracy, I'm so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. I have very fond memories of spending weekends during the Summer with you and your family. Deepest sympathy.

- Connie Smith Daugherty, Thursday February 4th, 2021

We are so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He was so fortunate to have such wonderful children. We know how much he missed your Mother! We loved having all of you as neighbors all those years. Love and prayers coming your way❤️

- Larry & Sandy West, Wednesday February 3rd, 2021

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