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Groman Eden Mortuary & Eden Memorial Park

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OBITUARY

Charles Marvin Coffey

April 7, 1933March 21, 2015

Chuck Coffey was the Husband of Barbara Cherington Coffey (married August 11, 1957), father of David, Sybil (Roger Cox) and Jennifer Coffey, grandfather of Olivia Coffey, son of Marcus and Ethel Coffey, brother of Louis Coffey, Brother in law of Mickey Cherington (Nancy) Uncle of Macy Coffey (Irena and Sydney) Jessica Coffey, Justin Coffey (Meg, Delaney and Alice), Jennifer Coffey Rawson, Claire Cherington (Sam, Sarah and Adam Austin) David Cherington (Kim, Lindsey, Benjamin, Leah and Shayna) and Jennifer Cherington. This is only the beginning of a long list of cousins and nieces and nephews of Chuck who were involved in his life.

Chuck started his life in humble beginnings as a first generation American, the son of immigrants from Poland and the Ukraine. He was raised in the projects on Pittsburgh and experienced a great deal of anti-Semitism in his youth. So Chuck learned to take care of himself and be his family ‘s defender, a role that would continue and expand beyond his family to his extended family, friends, patients and community. Chuck lived in the Hill District, Hazelwood, Greenfield and Squirrel Hill, neighborhoods of Pittsburgh.

Chuck attended Burgwin Elementary School, Gladstone Jr High School, Taylor Allderdice High School and University of Pittsburgh Dental School A multi-disciplined champion athlete, Chuck not only played but excelled at baseball, softball, football, ping-pong, pool, tennis, squash, basketball, and golf. As a captain in the US Army stationed on the 48th parallel in Korea, he transformed a dirt floor quonset hut into a state of the art dental clinic He started baseball and basketball tournaments for the soldiers

Chuck raised his family in Squirrel Hill. He took care so his kids would not have to repeat his experiences of anti-semitism making sure they lived in a safe liberal environment. When he opened his dental practice there was a line up to the front door. He was the first dentist to hire a dental hygienist in Squirrel Hill, introduced dental hygiene to the community, and thereby raised the dental health and awareness of an entire generation. He practiced for 25 years and was able to retire at the age of 52. He then devoted himself to family, sports, charity, and community.

Chuck conceived the idea and caused to be developed the mural at the intersection of Murray Ave, Pocusset St. and Forward Ave depicting the ethnic diversity of Squirrel Hill. He was the co-developer of the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, which raised money for young people who couldn’t afford Jewish Community Center memberships. He was a 20 year volunteer with Meals on Wheels and organized art and health programs at Rodef Shalom Congregation. He was the founder and first president of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Pittsburgh Chapter

Chuck and Barbara moved to San Diego in 2008 and enjoyed playing bridge, which became a passion. Chuck organized a very active movie dinner club and art club and led stimulating conversation. Chuck and Barbara participated in Temple Solel, Simcha Chavarah, Humanistic Judaism and the Jewish Collaborative of San Diego (JCoSD)

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Charles Marvin Coffey

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June 18, 2015

Dear Barbara and family, I just heard of Chuck's passing, and I send my condolences to you all. Barbara, you may remember the meetings at your home in 2004 when Chuck was spearheading a grass roots effort to revive the Bach, Beethoven, and Brunch concert series in Mellon Park. I wanted to let you know that the 11th season of concerts since he got them started again will begin this Sunday, June 21, 2015. I'm still involved on behalf of the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition, and I know it was Chuck's determination that secured funding that lasted many years and his ability to work with Citiparks staff that brought the music back to the East End. I will not forget him.
Steven Hawkins(SHUC Past President and former customer of Chuck's)

March 29, 2015

Dear Barbara,
I would have called, but did not have your California telephone number. I was sorry to hear of the passing of Chuck. My thoughts, blessings and prayers are with you and your family. With Sincere Sympathy,
Dorene

March 25, 2015

We are sorry for your loss -May God Bless and comfort you and your family. We always enjoyed talking with Barbara and Dr Coffey when they were our customers and friends in Pittsburgh - We are thinking of you and are in our prayers. Patty and Mary, Nationwide Insurance Office, Murray Ave

March 24, 2015

Barbara and Family,
Sincere condolences. A true gentleman and a credit to the community.
Harry Exler, Boca Raton

March 24, 2015

Chuck and I were very close as teenagers and into our twenties. I did not know know a nicer guy than Chuck as we were growing up. Our hearts go out to Barbara and the rest of the family. Our prayers are with you. Etta and Arnie Silver

March 24, 2015

Hi Barbara and family,
I'm glad I got to meet Chuck when I visited with Nora.
He was funny, warm and introspective. I would have liked to have known him better.
My thoughts with you all.
Jordan Brown

Ceil Forman

March 24, 2015

Barbara,
I was saddened to hear about Chuck's passing. He was always a bright spot on Tuesdays and always a welcoming presence. He will be missed. My heart goes out to you and your family.

Richard Kraft

March 24, 2015

Could someone tell me if Dr. Coffey was born in Hazelwood? I went to grade school with a friend named Marvin Coffey. He was also a Boy Scout. Anyway, rest in peace Dr. Coffey.

March 24, 2015

Dear Barbara,
So sorry to read about Chuck. I want to offer my deepest sympathy. I hope it helps a little to know my thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Much love, Leila Friedman

David Bergstein

March 24, 2015

My deepest condolences to Barbara and the family for the passing of my once tennis partner and friend.


David Bergstein