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Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home

645 West Central Ave, Winter Haven, FL

OBITUARY

Thomas Wayne Coffman

August 25, 1937July 6, 2019

THOMAS “TOM” COFFMAN

August 25, 1937 – July 6, 2009

Thomas Coffman of Winter Haven, FL, beloved husband, father, brother, uncle and grandfather passed away Saturday, July 6, 2019 at his home. A native of Columbus, OH, Tom graduated from Columbus West H.S. (1955) and The Ohio State University (1959) then began a teaching career in music in Baltimore, OH. Following graduate school at Ohio University he married Anamarie Laubly in 1964 and moved to Miamisburg, OH, where he was Supervisor of Music for nine years. This is where his two sons, Matthew and Cyle, were born. The future took Tom and his family to Lancaster, OH. He purchased a music store that grew into five stores in southeast Ohio. When not in the music stores, Tom reveled in water skiing, collecting antique musical instruments, participating in community events and travelling. He joined the Lancaster Rotary in January of 1993. It was water skiing that brought Tom and Anamarie to Winter Haven in 1999. He was a competitive water skier and tournament judge for the American Water Ski Association. Tom loved his church and his family. He belonged to First Presbyterian Church of Winter Haven where he played in the bell choir and sang in the choir. He was a Deacon in the church.

Tom is survived by his wife of 54 years, Anamarie, two sons, Matthew (Cindy Riggs) of Heath, OH and Cyle (Shelly Nicholson) of Denver, CO, three grandchildren, Cole, Mack, and Laurel, his sisters, Wanda Knott of Columbia, MD, and Barbara Watts of Bradenton, FL and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gilbert and Ethel Coffman. and a sister, Gilberta Waite.

A memorial service honoring Tom and his life will be at the First Presbyterian Church of Winter Haven, 637 Sixth St. NW, Winter Haven on Saturday, July 13, at 11:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers please donate in Tom’s name to the Capital Music Campaign at First Presbyterian Church or the scholarship and community projects of the Rotary Club of Winter Haven, P.O. box 484, Winter Haven, FL 33882-0484.

  • FAMILY

  • Tom is survived by his wife of 54 years, Anamarie, two sons, Matthew (Cindy Riggs)of Heath, OH and Cyle (Shelly Nicholson) of Denver, CO,three grandchildren, Cole, Mack, and Laurel, his sisters, Wanda
    Knott of Columbia, MD, and Barbara Watts of Bradenton, FLand several niecesand nephews. He was
    preceded in death by his parents, Gilbert and Ethel Coffman. and a sister, Gilberta Waite.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 13, 2019

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Don DiMatteo

July 12, 2019

In the late 60’s I took trumpet lessons and played in every Miamisburg High School Band that there was under the direction of Tom. He was a great teacher because he made learning music fun. Many many great memories of my teacher and friend,
Tom Coffman.

Tom Hlasten

July 12, 2019

Good friend with Tom at Ohio State. We were in the same class and then later we both went into the Music business.
So sorry.

Tom Pfrogner

July 12, 2019

Tom Coffman changed my life and lit the "Big Band Flame". I Started taking trombone and piano lessons with he and his wife in Jr. Hi in Miamisburg, Ohio. He told me to go out and buy some Tommy Dorsey records and listen to them. Well I did and I was never the same, he lit the flame which burns brightly to this day. Next he showed me the instrument transpositions and I started writing band arrangements. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever thought I could do these things and get this far. Well, he showed me how. I wanted to be just like him. So I became a band director patterned my life after his. I was very fortunate several years ago to go to his home in Florida and thank him and his wife. I wouldn't be me if it wasn't for Tom Coffman. The music wouldn't be there. I will truly miss him for the remainder of my life, but he will always be in my heart and the music I write or conduct. Last night July 11th in Dayton, Ohio, I dedicated our big band concert to him. THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC AND BEING MY DIRECTOR AND MENTOR. You made a difference in so many lives. You have certainly earned your eternal reward and rest.

Larry Solt

July 11, 2019

I first knew Tom when I was an assistant band director at Fairfield Union H.S. He was a wonderful person and a really good music dealer. His wife, Anne Marie, accompanied my wife and I when we presented a faculty concert at FUHS. Our condolences to Anne Marie and the family.

Jeff Peterseim

July 11, 2019

Tom was not only a friend but also my employer. I recall a couple of trips to Chicago with Tom and have many fond memories of him and his family. He always had a smile and had energy that just didn't seem to stop. I am a better man because of Tom and I send my condolences and will have his family in my prayers.

Jim and Marj Werstak

July 10, 2019

Tom was a wonderful neighbor and friend. He served our community so well during his time on our HOA board. He was tough, efficient, and thorough during his term. We always loved seeing his Ohio State decorations during football season. We were blessed to have knownTom. The Werstaks.

Nicholas Greggerson

July 10, 2019

He was a good band director and person.

Denise Knott

July 10, 2019

I remember meeting Anamarie, and going to Uncle Tom and Aunt Annie 's wedding! So many occasions, family gatherings, and summers shared in Ohio, Maryland, and Florida. Memories of Uncle Tom are interwoven with my growing up. I hold so many memories in my heart! Be supportive of Anamarie, and sons Matthew and Cyle, and their wives and families. Please give my love to Aunt Barbara, and her family, my mom Wanda, and all the family. With loving remembrance, Denise Lee Knott


Roger Stine

July 10, 2019

Mr. Coffman was a major influence in directing me toward a career in music education. Such a blessing!

Steven Clifford

July 10, 2019

1964 was the year I began learning to play clarinet under Mr Coffman at Mark Twain Elementary School in Miamisburg. The 8 years I spent under him changed my life wonderfully.
Under his direction our marching band earned countless trophies in competition. In 1970, we & Huber Heights were honored to be the first to march at the Cincinnati Bengals inaugural home game in the new Riverfront Stadium.
He was tough, demanding, strict because he knew the path to success required vision and discipline. He cared enough to push us beyond our dreams.
I still have the 2 double albums we recorded. I'm very proud to still have that clarinet & march with the Alumni Band.
May he & Paul Spiegel rest in peace leading a new band in another land!

FROM THE FAMILY