Jonathan B. Coffey

September 26, 1921December 15, 2012

The Reverend Jonathan Bachman Coffey, Sr. died peacefully in his home at Sand Hill Cove, in Palm City, in the early morning hours of Saturday, December 15, 2012. Fr. Coffey was born just over 91 years ago in Chattanooga, Tennessee on September 26, 1921. He was the third of five children born to his parents and he grew up, enjoying a wonderful childhood, on Lookout Mountain. Jon took the now famous Incline to school in the city and frolicked with brothers and his one beloved sister in the Chickamauga National Military Park just one block from their home on Richardson Street. Jon graduated from Baylor Military School and then the University of Chattanooga before enlisting in the U.S. Army after Pearl Harbor. He served in the Pacific throughout World War II, and while there met a beautiful missionary’s daughter in Honolulu named Mary Corey. He and Mary fell in love and after the war they were married. After several years in insurance, Jon went off to the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California. While he and Mary were there, they had two boys, Chris and David, to follow their first-born, Jon Jr. Jon’s first parish was Christ Church in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. After two years he moved to Miami, Florida where he built a church, All Angels, in Miami Springs where his beloved daughter Constance Elizabeth, was born. He then served as rector of All Souls in Miami Beach. Jon finished his active ministry as rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Jensen Beach and then he and Mary moved to Martin Downs where they lived for over twenty years before moving to Sand Hill Cove. Jon served in many capacities in both church and community, always a leader in everything he undertook. He will be remembered by all as a loving pastor, a good friend, a devoted father and a loving husband to his beloved wife of almost 65 years, Mary. Jon is survived by his children: Jonathan Jr. (Julie) and their children Kate (Justin) and Spencer; Christopher (Karen) and their children Brianna and Nicholas; David (Susan) and their children Jeremy (Laura) and their daughters Kristin and Kate, Melissa (Jason) and their son, Cooper, their daughter Caitlin (Justin) and their son Quinn, and their son Andew; and their daughter Consie (Trampas) and their children Zachary, Shelby, Alexander, Christopher, Corey mand Caleb The funeral to celebrate Jon’s life will be on Wednesday, December 19 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Stuart, Florida. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Episcopal Relief and Development at 815 Second Ave. New York NY 10017 or The interment will follow at All Saints Cemetery in Jensen Beach at 1:30 p.m. and all are welcome. A cortage will depart St. Mary’s at around 1 p.m. Please sign Jon’s online guestbook at All arrangements are entrusted to Aycock Funeral Home, Stuart, FL.


  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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Ellen Samlal

March 4, 2013

I was sorry to hear this, although I don't believe I ever met Jon. However, Mary is my cousin and I had always known about the Coffey family. My condolences to the family for their loss.

Ricky Rickles

December 23, 2012

My family was lucky having the Coffey family just across the street and my younger brother and I spent a large amount of time at the Coffey's house and at the church. Not only were these places a home away from home, I always felt like I was home when there. Given the shenanigans that arise from having so many young (and at times restless) kids at play, I was continually amazed at how tolerant and loving Father Coffey and Mary Coffey were in spite of our often "over the top" adolescent ways. Also, I could not help but admire the amount of love and cohesiveness within the Coffey family. Father Coffey helped provide an environment where I could grow and mature. I am forever thankful to Father Coffey and while his passing is sad, I am happy to hear that he lived for 91 years. My family (Scott, Joan and Jay) and I smile when thinking about the Coffey family and are sad to hear of Father Coffey's passing.

December 20, 2012

David Sanders

December 19, 2012

I have always carried memories of Dave's Dad as a warm spirited, kind, open minded non judgmental true gentleman and thoguht of him throughout my journey to becoming a man and father as one of my guidiing lines.

Lori Zartman

December 19, 2012

Heaven is a brighter place now! Our sadness is of our loss on earth but the true joy is with Father Coffey meeting God our Father in heaven. Until we all meet again. Thank you Father Coffey for just being you.

Martha Coffey Barrett

December 18, 2012

Uncle Jon comforted me when my Daddy, his little brother, passed away. What a precious light he was! Uncle Jon and Aunt Mary gave all of us Coffey kids such wonderful fun memories and love. We love our Florida Coffey's!

Robert Coffey

December 18, 2012

Our prayers, thoughts and sadness are with Aunt Mary and our Florida cousins in this time of their grief and sorrow. We admired, respected and loved Uncle Jon very much. His smiles and laughter will be very much missed. Let us not forget the joy he brought to so many lives through his words and acts of kindness as he journeyed through this life. His memory will always be with us and his love in our hearts.

Anne Coffey

December 18, 2012

What joyous memories of Uncle Jon and Aunt Mary I have of them. They both gave so many happy days to so many. I am thankful to have had them, and their whole family, as part of my family! Much Love to you all Anne

Michele VonGerichten

December 18, 2012

Connie and family - so very sorry for your loss. Wishing you peace and condolences during this time.

Rosa Probst

December 18, 2012

Jon,I am so sorry to hear of your fathers passing. He sounds like a wonderful person. You and your family will be in our prayers. Rosa and Jack Probst