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Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel & Oaklawn Cemetery

4801 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL

OBITUARY

Michael Coffman

August 13, 1946January 4, 2020

Michael Coffman, 73, passed on Saturday, January 4, 2020 after a long battle with leukemia. Mike was the son of the late Harry J. Coffman, Sr. and the late Mary Ruth Bower Coffman. Preceding Mike in death were his sister, Patsy Dean and brother, Mark Coffman. He is survived by his brother, Harry John Coffman, Jr. (Sandi); brother, Larry Coffman, Sr.; and brother, Richard Coffman, Sr. (Deleda); numerous nieces and nephews; grand nieces and nephews; and great-grand nieces and nephews. Mike is also survived by his life partner of 22 years, R. Keith Brown.

Mike was born in Frankfort, Indiana, went off to Santa Ana University to study music after high school and graduated from Purdue University with degrees in Education and English Literature. After 8 years of teaching, Mike embarked in a life as a full-time, professional pianist and singer. He began his music career in Indianapolis as a pianist at Jackie’s Dinner Club, playing requests and accompanying singers. After coming to Jacksonville, Mike played the well-known Music Bar for several years, opened the Sake Shop Piano Bar, opened the Sheraton Hotel on the St. Johns, the Embassy Suites, The Brick restaurant, The Adams Mark Hotel, Danes Dinner Club, and played numerous other venues over the years. He played at the River Club for the last 14 years. Mike had extensive studio recording and private party experience. Mike was Music Director at St. Nicholas Park Christian Church for the last 18 years. He and Keith founded the St. Nicholas Park Christian Church Food Bank and Music Outreach programs. Mike had a love for interior design and had his own interior design business for 15 years.

Mike had a persona that was larger than life. He loved entertaining friends and made all people feel welcome, whether at work or at home. Mike had an impact on people his entire life through his artistic vision, inspiring zeal for life, and persistent humor. He felt a special kinship with all animals. From American Champion Afghan Hounds to rescue cats, he cared for all living things. His hobbies included playing bridge, traveling, and cooking. He had a great talent and enjoyed all artforms but especially dance, music, design, and watercolor painting. He will be missed more than words can express.

A memorial service will be held at St. Nicholas Park Christian Church on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 2:00pm. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to the St. Nicholas Park Christian Church Food Bank.

Services

18 January

Memorial Service

2:00 pm

St. Nicholas Park Christian Church


Memories

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Mimi Kelly

January 14, 2020

Knowing Mike was a wonderful gift! He was so talented and so dedicated to helping artists through dance, painting, acting and writing.
Mike and Keith loved their dogs and memories of them walking with their Afghans in San Marco stands out in my mind.
All blessings and love are shared with you.
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Ila CRIQUETTE gOODSON

January 11, 2020

Michael had such a talent with the piano, he made our choir sound absolutely wonderful. Only he could do that. I loved the time spent with Mike singing in the choir for many years. He was such a good friend and will surely be missed.

Nancy Debs

January 9, 2020

Michael was one of the most talented people I have ever known. He was a fabulous musician, artist, and interior designer. And he was so giving of his time and talent. Earlier in the spring of 2019, he painted a beautiful watercolor and donated it to the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund to support other families who were battling cancer. And he was thankful that he was given the opportunity to do this! Michael was always so friendly and always greeted me and others with a warm smile and embrace. He will be greatly missed.

Mary Egstad

January 8, 2020

Keith I am so heart broken to hear about the passing of Michael. He was a wonderful person and it was an honor and a privilege to be one of his nurses. Please know I hold you close in my thoughts and prayers.

Julia Jenkins

January 8, 2020

I only met Michael a few times, the most memorable being at a memorial service for Valerie Howard. He was debonair, charming, and very gracious. Before her passing, Valerie sometimes mentioned the most enjoyable times she spent were at soirees Michael and Keith hosted. It was apparent Michael and Keith were truly life partners. To Michael's family, Keith and Keith's family, I am so sorry for your loss. Losing someone you've known and deeply loved is unlike any other loss. I pray God and His Grace keep you all in the palm of His hand and care for you all now and in the time to come. Much love to you all.

michael coffman

January 8, 2020

To Keith and the family of Mr. Coffman it was a privilege to take care of this Sweet Gentleman and Friend !! It was honor to know him ! I am so Sorry for your Loss and may there be many prayers lift you all up at this time !! Mr.. Coffman will truly be missed =)
Linda Pruett at MD Anderson Infusion Dept

Nick Coffman

January 8, 2020

Michael was my great-uncle. Unfortunately, I didn't get the opportunity to visit with him as an adult, but I'm beginning to understand he was a talented and pleasant person that provided for his community, be it with entertainment, or by giving-back. My thoughts go out to Michael's partner, friends, and family during this difficult time.

Lara Patangan

January 8, 2020

Keith - I’m so sorry for your loss. I remember all the help Michael gave us when we were buying the Wilson house. My son (now 18!) was just a baby and Michael was so cute with him. My favorite memory is seeing y’all walk down the street together with your dogs. It added so much color and fun to our street. Prayers for your peace during this difficult time.

Tony Testino

January 7, 2020

I am so saddened of just hearing about Michael passing. I have known Michael for many years and played for him many times at the River Club and other venues in Jacksonville. What a wonderful musician and just a nice man to know. My heart goes out to his loved ones with thoughts and prayers. Many tears today and was so blessed to have known him.

Brenda Brown

January 7, 2020

I had the honor of knowing Mike during the time that my husband Ben Brown served as Minister of St.Nicholas Park Christian Church. There are no words to say how much Mike and Keith meant to my family . He was a true inspiration at all times. He personified love for all .
My deepest sympathy to Keith, his family and all his many, many friends.
Brenda Brown

FROM THE FAMILY