OBITUARY

George Stephen Arthur Coates

February 28, 1947January 4, 2021
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George Stephen Arthur Coates, age 73, of Flower Mound, TX passed away from this world to rejoice with our Lord on 4 January 2021 at Baylor Scott and White in Grapevine TX, due to an infection stemming from a two-year battle with intestinal issues. He was surrounded by his wife Giuseppina (Pina) and his daughter Roberta Coates Goff. George was born 28 February 1947 in Newton, New Jersey to Katherine Hood and George W Coates Jr. He was raised in Charleston, South Carolina with his two sisters, Pamela Carol and Cynthia Lynn. Upon graduation from Chicora High School in 1966 he joined the US Army and became a Military Police Officer (MP). His first overseas assignment was to Kagnew Station, Asmara Eritrea. He met and married the love of his life of 53 years, Giuseppina (Pina) Spagnolo. Shortly there after he was sent to Korea where he had to leave his pregnant wife since they did not allow family travel to that region. Upon his return to Kagnew Station he met his only child, Roberta, for the first time. The Army took them on many adventures and gave them a lifetime of memories beginning with a quick stint at Fort McPherson in Atlanta GA. Then reassigned to Fort Rucker, Alabama. During his time there he became a Criminal Investigator (CID). He had found is true calling and life long passion. His next adventure took his family to Heilbronn Germany, where they were completely unprepared for the German weather. In true military fashion they adjusted and adapted and called it home for the next 5 years, making memories and traveling and seeing family in Italy every summer. His next assignment sent him to Selfridge Air National Guard Base, MI. where he became an Officer with the Rank of Chief Warrant Officer (CW1). While there George and his family were introduced to Michigan winters, which were not for the faint of heart, and an infestation of something called “fish flies”, yes, it was as bad as it sounds. His Next 4 years he was assigned to Darmstadt, Germany where he had many successes, achieving the rank of CW2 and also becoming the Special Agent In-Charge (SAC) and running an extremely successful office of investigators. His wit, professionalism and attitude won him the admiration of his staff, which included Americans and Germans. In 1985 George was reassigned to Ft. Bliss, El Paso, TX, much to the ire of his daughter who was entering her senior year of HS. During his time in El Paso he rose to the rank of CW3 and obtained his BA in Business Administration. George and his daughter attended UTEP at the same time and extremely careful that they did not have any overlapping classes together. As to be expected, the Army called him and his family to Presidio, San Francisco CA. He became a Senior Economic Crimes Investigator with the Army Major Procurement Fraud Unit. He was very proud that he was integral part of recovering millions of dollars for the Army. In 1994, George retired from the Army with many Awards under his belt, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal (Two Awards), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and Good Conduct Medal. George began life in the “Civilian World” working for the LA Metro Transit Authority (MTA) in the Inspector General Office, where he met many that would become close dear friends. While living in Rossmoor, CA he enjoyed many long summer visits with his family especially his 3 grand kids, Benjamin, Maxwell and Daniella and multiple trips to Disney and many of the areas theme parks. In addition to frequent visits with family from Italy. George and his son-in-law, Andy Goff, shared a special bond and loved going to the shooting range. He loved to show off his sharp shooting skills and the saying “Not bad for an old guy”. In 2019, after 25 years with MTA he retired to TX to be closer to family. While enjoying retirement did not go as planned due to illness, he was incredibly grateful to enjoy his family every chance he had, they were his source of joy and support. George is survived by his beautiful wife Pina, Flower Mound TX. His daughter and son-in-law Roberta Coates Goff and Andy Goff, Coppell TX, 3 grandchildren, Benjamin Goff, Maxwell Goff, and Daniella Goff. Sister, Pam Gagnon (Claude) Windsor CT, Sister-in-law Lidia Spagnolo, Rome Italy, Brother-in-law Furio Spagnolo Rome Italy. Nieces and Nephews, Cristina Spagnolo Italy, Greg Gagnon, CT, Eric Gagnon CT, Elizabeth Lafont TX, Nicholas Papini Italy Gebriele Kubrom, Germany and Branch Lewis, NY. He is preceded in Death by sister Cindy Lewis, sister in law Yolanda Spagnolo, Nephew Timothy Gagnon. A visitation will be held Monday 1/11/21 from 5-7 pm at Rolling Oaks Funeral Home, 400 Freeport Parkway, Coppell TX. Funeral Service for George will be at the funeral home on Tuesday, 1/12/21 at 11am with burial to follow in Rolling Oaks Memorial Center.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, January 11, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021

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Maria Scinicariello Palm

January 12, 2021

Roberta was my very first best friend as we met in Heilbronn, Germany. We met when we were both five. We lived in the same apartment complex and were always together. I always remember Mr. Coates as a gentle man. No matter what Roberta and I did he never scolded us. I will always have fond memories of him. My sincerest condolences to Roberta and her family and her sweet mother, Pina. Condolences also from my parents, Alex and Assunta.

Benjamin Goff

January 11, 2021

My Nonno was one of the kindest, smartest, and loving people I know. I am so grateful that I was able to spend so many summers in California with him. Whether it was going to Disneyland and watching him be just as excited to ride the roller coasters as us kids were, or going down to the gun range and teaching us to shoot while us telling stories, I will always look back on those memories so fondly. Thank you Nonno for always being a pillar of our family and always putting family first. You will be missed dearly by many, and I hope you can rest easy now.

Angela Guzniczak

January 11, 2021

From the moment I met George he charmed me with his wit. It was obvious that he adored Pina and Roberta...a glance around his home would show you that as he had pictures of them all around, including his favorite one of Pina in his office. He was so happy to give me a tour of his office, showing me all of the things he had picked up on his many travels. He loved those knives and swords! And boy did he have some stories to tell. I will miss you, but know that your legacy will live on in your beautiful family.

Branch Lewis

January 10, 2021

Uncle George was my mom's (Cynthia's) brother. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. 2020 has been a hell of a year. I have not seen Uncle George in a long time, but it's nice to see all of these pictures and remembrances. He lived quite a life, and it's great to supplement my random memories of stories about him I had heard with his obituary (which was very well-written and heartfelt). Personally, I can only speak of as a kid when we went over on random weekends to see him and Aunt Pina, and how I would be excited because they had a pool. That was pretty cool. And I think I was under the impression that Uncle George might be a secret agent or something. I understand the futility of giving someone this advice when they're grieving, because it's impossible to see it when you are close to immeasurable loss, but here it goes: Focus on the good times. It will always be better than focusing on the loss.

Reinhardt Schuerger

January 10, 2021

In August of 2016, I was fortunate to meet George when I started a new job with the LA Metro. George and I hit it off right away, working as partners and becoming dear friends. I always looked forward to coming to work knowing George would be there. The best part was starting the day and often ending it too, talking with George about everything under the sun. Between us we could usually come up with the answer to any problems troubling mankind, or at least we thought we did.

George was a good man, loving husband and father. He often talked about his family and it was apparent to anyone listening that he held a deep love for all of them. George was very proud of his grandchildren always discussing their accomplishments, whether it was a dance competition, music, or the trials of college. He shined with a big smile when discussing them.

George and I would work on investigations together. It was always a pleasure to listen and watch George in our interviews. George would act like he was just a good old country boy muddling through, and then next thing you know the subject would be confessing everything they did to George as if they were trying to explain to him how they committed their fraud. George was a tenacious and extremely adept investigator and I am proud to have been able have him as a partner and mentor.

I am blessed to have been able to have George as a friend and thankful I was able to meet and visit his wife, Pina, and daughter, Roberta, while visiting them in Texas.

Donna?Greg Knox

January 10, 2021

To the Family of George Coates:
George and his family were neighbors of Pat Hanson for many years, in Los Alamitos, California. Greg and I are her niece and nephew. We became very close with George and Pina. George was always helpful and supportive of my aunt and her needs...especially after my uncle had passed away. He was always there to lend a helping hand. He was the master of jokes and would tell them every chance he got! He always had a smile on his face and a warm greeting when we came by the house. We were extremely appreciative of his generosity and kind heart. When George and his family moved from California to Texas, they were greatly missed. We send our love to the family, now. He was a wonderful man and he will be remembered, always!
With condolences and love,
Greg and Donna Knox

Dale Nowicki

January 10, 2021

I was fortunate to meet George in 2015 when I started with LA Metro. His wit and no nonsense way of speaking was always refreshing. George not only regaled his coworkers with wonderful stories, that often left us laughing, but to hear him speak about the love and pride he had for his family was amazing. He would talk about Pina, Italy, Africa, Texas, or having the grandkids for the summer. You could just tell he loved life and his family was the most important thing to him. I miss having breakfasts with him, talking about guns and simply hearing his gruff voice that truly belied his sweet nature. Love you George.

Maxwell Goff

January 10, 2021

Rest In Peace Nonno... You were gone too soon but it feels better knowing you don’t have to suffer anymore.

I remember going way back when I was little when my family and I would take trips every summer to visit Nonno & Nonna. We would go and do the things most kids or people don’t get to do like go to Disneyland and enjoy the California summer breeze by the ocean. I have a very vivid memory of this one time we were all swimming in the backyard pool and I would get on his back and he would tell me to hold my breath as we plunged underwater and did laps around the pool. I could almost perfectly reimagine the feeling of rushing water flowing against my face and his silver cross necklace drifting along the water with us. It was a game we called stingray because I felt like I was riding a stingray in a deep blue ocean... and he had always told me “You know that one day you will be too big and too old for this” while my childish response was always “do it again”. I will never forget those intimate moments we shared in the past cause as a child we take many things for granted and grow up to learn & understand how fragile life really is. We will forever love you and keep you in our memories as you sit there watching and giving us strength from above... I can’t get those words out of my head from the last time we talked at the house when you told me “you have a great head on your shoulder and I’m proud of you”

Fly high Nonno, for you know I will always shoot for the stars and dream big because I would love for you watch as I climb my way up to the top to see you again.

John Noonen

January 9, 2021

I worked with George at the MTA for a couple of years before he retired. We worked a couple of cases together, and it was during that time I grew to respect him as an investigator and a human being. He was a good person, and had a wealth of knowledge that I drew upon. I learned a lot from George both in his knowledge of the job, and just hearing him tell war stories. He loved to tell war stories as much as I enjoyed hearing them.

We will miss you George. The world was a better place with you in it.

Don Huffman

January 9, 2021

Special appreciation for the long US Army Service of CWO3 George Coats for our country. Prayers being sent up to heaven for comfort for his family and many friends in their loss. May he rest in the promised Paradise of the Lord Jesus.
D huffman, Army vet (Cpt) and DFW Honor Guard member..

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Biography

George Stephen Arthur Coates, age 73, of Flower Mound, TX passed away from this world to rejoice with our Lord on 4 January 2021 at Baylor Scott and White in Grapevine TX, due to an infection stemming from a two-year battle with intestinal issues. He was surrounded by his wife Giuseppina (Pina) and his daughter Roberta Coates Goff.
George was born 28 February 1947 in Newton, New Jersey to Katherine Hood and George W Coates Jr. He was raised in Charleston, South Carolina with his two sisters, Pamela Carol and Cynthia Lynn. Upon graduation from Chicora High School in 1966 he joined the US Army and became a Military Police Officer (MP).
His first overseas assignment was to Kagnew Station, Asmara Eritrea. He met and married the love of his life of 53 years, Giuseppina (Pina) Spagnolo. Shortly there after he was sent to Korea where he had to leave his pregnant wife since they did not allow family travel to that region. Upon his return to Kagnew Station he met his only child, Roberta, for the first time.
The Army took them on many adventures and gave them a lifetime of memories beginning with a quick stint at Fort McPherson in Atlanta GA. Then reassigned to Fort Rucker, Alabama. During his time there he became a Criminal Investigator (CID). He had found is true calling and life long passion.
His next adventure took his family to Heilbronn Germany, where they were completely unprepared for the German weather. In true military fashion they adjusted and adapted and called it home
for the next 5 years, making memories and traveling and seeing family in Italy every summer.
His next assignment sent him to Selfridge Air National Guard Base, MI. where he became an Officer with the Rank of Chief Warrant Officer (CW1). While there George and his family were introduced to Michigan winters, which were not for the faint of heart, and an infestation of something called “fish flies”, yes, it was as bad as it sounds.
His Next 4 years he was assigned to Darmstadt, Germany where he had many successes, achieving the rank of CW2 and also becoming the Special Agent In-Charge (SAC) and running an extremely successful office of investigators. His wit, professionalism and attitude won him the admiration of his staff, which included Americans and Germans.
In 1985 George was reassigned to Ft. Bliss, El Paso, TX, much to the ire of his daughter who was entering her senior year of HS. During his time in El Paso he rose to the rank of CW3 and obtained his BA in Business Administration. George and his daughter attended UTEP at the same time and extremely careful that they did not have any overlapping classes together.
As to be expected, the Army called him and his family to Presidio, San Francisco CA. He became a Senior Economic Crimes Investigator with the Army Major Procurement Fraud Unit. He was very proud that he was integral part of recovering millions of dollars for the Army.
In 1994, George retired from the Army with many Awards under his belt, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal (Two Awards), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and Good Conduct Medal.
George began life in the “Civilian World” working for the LA Metro Transit Authority (MTA) in the Inspector General Office, where he met many that would become close dear friends.
While living in Rossmoor, CA he enjoyed many long summer visits with his family especially his 3 grand kids, Benjamin, Maxwell and Daniella and multiple trips to Disney and many of the areas theme parks. In addition to frequent visits with family from Italy.
George and his son-in-law, Andy Goff, shared a special bond and loved going to the shooting range. He loved to show off his sharp shooting skills and the saying “Not bad for an old guy”.
In 2019, after 25 years with MTA he retired to TX to be closer to family. While enjoying retirement did not go as planned due to illness, he was incredibly grateful to enjoy his family every chance he had, they were his source of joy and support.
George is survived by his beautiful wife Pina, Flower Mound TX. His daughter and son-in-law Roberta Coates Goff and Andy Goff, Coppell TX, 3 grandchildren, Benjamin Goff, Maxwell Goff, and Daniella Goff. Sister, Pam Gagnon (Claude) Windsor CT, Sister-in-law Lidia Spagnolo, Rome Italy, Brother-in-law Furio Spagnolo Rome Italy. Nieces and Nephews, Cristina Spagnolo Italy, Greg Gagnon, CT, Eric Gagnon CT, Elizabeth Lafont TX, Nicholas Papini Italy Gebriele Kubrom, Germany and Branch Lewis, NY.
He is preceded in Death by sister Cindy Lewis, sister in law Yolanda Spagnolo, Nephew Timothy Gagnon.
A visitation will be held Monday 1/11/21 from 5-7 pm at Rolling Oaks Funeral Home, 400 Freeport Parkway, Coppell TX. Funeral Service for George will be at the funeral home on Tuesday, 1/12/21 at 11am with burial to follow in Rolling Oaks Memorial Center.