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George "Frank" F. Coffin

June 20, 1942March 25, 2021
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George “Frank" Coffin 1942-2021

WATERVLIET, NY - George "Frank" Coffin formerly of Lewiston, age 78, passed away on March 25 at the home of his daughter from complications from stage iv lung cancer. Frank was born on June 20, 1942 in Lewiston to George and Yolande (Ginchereau) Coffin. He attended Lewiston schools, graduating as a member of the Lewiston High School Class of 1960. Immediately upon graduation, Frank joined the United States Air Force, serving for four years. After returning from active duty he worked at Lawrence & Company, and then E. A Buschmann, Inc. for over 25 years. Upon retirement, and as Frank frequently said "with a name like Coffin, what else would I do;" he worked part-time for Fortin's Funeral Home completing a host of tasks until in early 2020 when he fully retired. Frank spent many years as a resident of Sabattus and Lewiston. He served as a minister of the Eucharist for of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sabattus as well as served on the Parish Council. He was a member of the Sabattus Volunteer Fire Department and served as an omsbudsman for several years. He was a lover of a good steak, an avid trivia game player, and enjoyed spending time with family and friends through the years. Frank left his beloved hometown to live with his daughter and family in October 2020 due to his declining health. He loved every moment spent with his family, especially his 3 grandsons; of whom he was immensely proud. Frank is survived by his only child, Sheri Shaw and her husband Stephen, of Watervliet, New York, along with grandsons Graham, Liam, and Logan. Brother and sister-in-law William and Anne Coffin of Lewiston, niece and husband Cynthia and Matthew Bradshaw, and nephew and wife Brian and Heidi Coffin, and great-niece Jocelyn Coffin. Frank was predeceased by his parents. The family extends heartfelt thanks to Frank's "Fortin Family" and Anne & Bill Coffin who helped him in numerous ways in his final months in Lewiston, and for the visit they paid him in New York less than a month before his passing; it meant the world to him. We would also like to thank the staff members of Community Hospice for their support, especially Mary Beth and Joe. The unwavering support of numerous friends and neighbors which Sheri and family received can never be adequately repaid. You are invited to pay tribute to Frank’s life by visiting his guest book at www.thefortingroupauburn.com Visitation Fortin Auburn Monday April 5th from 3-6 PM. Funeral Service will be celebrated on Tuesday April 6th at 11 AM at the Funeral Home. Committal will be held later this spring at Mt. Hope Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Frank’s memory to: Community Hospice at https://www.givetocommunityhospice.org/donate/. Arrangements are under the care & direction of The Fortin Group/Plummer & Merrill Funeral Home, Cremation & Monument Services 217 Turner St. Auburn 783-8545.

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  • Visitation

    Monday, April 5, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021

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Daniel Hamann

April 16, 2021

To the family of Frank,As a youngster,like many,I had a few jobs after school,one of which was working for Mr.Bolduc at Lawrence Distillery.
Its been so many years,but I remember Frank as being not only a decent boss,but more importantly,a decent and fairminded man,
Not too many years ago,I reconnected briefly with Frank at his house on Gayton Rd.I was a self employed stone mason,and he was in need of some advice on his (troubled) fireplace exterior.It was great to see Frank again, and I wanted to offer my condolences to all his family, He was indeed,one of the good ones.Peace to you Frank....and to your family

Karen M Harris

April 10, 2021

Dear Sheri,
I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. Frank and my husband, George, grew up together and remained friends throughout their lives. After my George passed, your Dad would visit G's Mom, Bea Harris, at Montello whenever he was in the neighborhood and it meant the world to her that he remembered her until her passing at age 98. Your Dad and George had a very special bond that I admired and respected, and he came to the house when George passed in 2007 and was truly received as family. His presence meant a lot to me and to Bea. Your Dad loved you so very much. He was a good man and a great friend to my George always. I hope you and your family can take great comfort from knowing this. Prayers and Love, Karen M. Harris

Polly Robinson

April 5, 2021

Sincere condolences to Frank's cherished family. New to the Gayton Road neighborhood, Frank & Pat were quick to welcome us and to invite us to their monthly game night. Trivial Pursuit was a popular choice. Not coincidentally, if you were on Frank's team, you had a better than average chance of winning. What fun! Through the years Frank never lost his genuine smile whenever we met. He will be missed.
Paul & Polly Robinson

Elaine Herzig

April 3, 2021

Sheri, Steve, Graham, Liam and Logan,
Your Dad/Grandfather was so very fortunate to have you and to be able to spend the last 5+ months in your home. We are thinking of you in your loss and send heartfelt condolences and prayers for the same comfort and peace that you provided him. He will always be with you.

Much love,
Elaine, Dave and family


Elaine Hyams

April 3, 2021

Dear Sheri,

We are so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Frank for his kindness and gentleness. In the rare times we visited family in Lewiston, he always dropped by to visit, and asked about Deborah and David even though we saw each other so rarely. He was always the first to offer to run an errand or whatever.

I am sure that being with you and your family in his last months of life were a source of great comfort to him. You have always been a loyal and loving daughter, of whom he was most proud. You and his grandchildren are indeed his legacy.

GORDON MULDOON

April 2, 2021

Sorry to hear Of Frank's passing. I enjoyed many years working with Frank at EAB Inc.. We will have many fond memories of our social events and meetings. Frank will be missed.
Rest in Peace.
Gordon and Sue Muldoon

Kristine Adams

April 2, 2021

I remember talking with George several times when he would call in to a place I used to work, he was such a nice and gentle soul. Rest easy George, you are safely in the arms of Jesus.

Maurice P. Poliquin

April 2, 2021

1 am very saddened by Frank's passing. I send condolences,and empathy to his Daughter, family , and all who loved him as I and my deceased wife Aline Vallerand did. We were friends in different lives and orbits. Frank had the most Class I ever saw, without being Classy. Go figure. He is Hapoy now, and many are hurt , crushed. I hurt for them. Have been there. Maurice P. Poliquin

Susan Lemay

April 1, 2021

I am saddened to see this today, I knew Frank from Buschmans.
Always funny and caring. He will always be remember.
R.I.P Frank. Until we meet again my friend.

Donnamarie & Patrick Frechettellano

April 1, 2021

Frank & and his wife Pat we're the best! We had lots of fun during monthly game nights whether we were playing cards, trivia or other board games. Frank was an amazing host and a very kind, generous man. He thoroughly enjoyed the time we took him out on Androscoggin Lake in our inflatable boat. You will be missed my friend. Rest in peace and watch over Pat❤️

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Biography

George “Frank” Coffin
1942-2021


WATERVLIET, NY - George "Frank" Coffin formerly of Lewiston, age 78, passed away on March 25 at the home of his daughter from complications from stage iv lung cancer. Frank was born on June 20, 1942 in Lewiston to George and Yolande (Ginchereau) Coffin. He attended Lewiston schools, graduating as a member of the Lewiston High School Class of 1960. Immediately upon graduation, Frank joined the United States Air Force, serving for four years. After returning from active duty he worked at Lawrence & Company, and then E. A Buschmann, Inc. for over 25 years. Upon retirement, and as Frank frequently said "with a name like Coffin, what else would I do;" he worked part-time for Fortin's Funeral Home completing a host of tasks until in early 2020 when he fully retired. Frank spent many years as a resident of Sabattus and Lewiston. He served as a minister of the Eucharist for of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sabattus as well as served on the Parish Council. He was a member of the Sabattus Volunteer Fire Department and served as an omsbudsman for several years. He was a lover of a good steak, an avid trivia game player, and enjoyed spending time with family and friends through the years. Frank left his beloved hometown to live with his daughter and family in October 2020 due to his declining health. He loved every moment spent with his family, especially his 3 grandsons; of whom he was immensely proud.
Frank is survived by his only child, Sheri Shaw and her husband Stephen, of Watervliet, New York, along with grandsons Graham, Liam, and Logan. Brother and sister-in-law William and Anne Coffin of Lewiston, niece and husband Cynthia and Matthew Bradshaw, and nephew and wife Brian and Heidi Coffin, and great-niece Jocelyn Coffin.
Frank was predeceased by his parents.
The family extends heartfelt thanks to Frank's "Fortin Family" and Anne & Bill Coffin who helped him in numerous ways in his final months in Lewiston, and for the visit they paid him in New York less than a month before his passing; it meant the world to him. We would also like to thank the staff members of Community Hospice for their support, especially Mary Beth and Joe. The unwavering support of numerous friends and neighbors which Sheri and family received can never be adequately repaid.
You are invited to pay tribute to Frank’s life by visiting his guest book at www.thefortingroupauburn.com
Visitation Fortin Auburn Monday April 5th from 3-6 PM. Funeral Service will be celebrated on Tuesday April 6th at 11 AM at the Funeral Home. Committal will be held later this spring at Mt. Hope Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Frank’s memory to: Community Hospice at https://www.givetocommunityhospice.org/donate/. Arrangements are under the care & direction of The Fortin Group/Plummer & Merrill Funeral Home, Cremation & Monument Services 217 Turner St. Auburn 783-8545.