Francis Coffey Obituary
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In Memory of

Francis T. Coffey Jr.

December 1, 1919 - April 23, 2014
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Francis Thomas Coffey, Jr. December 1, 1919 – April 23, 2014 Francis (AKA, Frank) was the first born son to Veronica (Virginia) and Francis Coffey, Sr. Frank was born in Missouri and was baptized at St. Louis Cathedral. He moved to Los Angeles, California with his father, mother and younger brother when he was very young where he stayed for the remainder of his life. He is predeceased by his younger brother, Vincent. Some of his first experiences in the working world were as a courier for the Federal Reserve Bank; painting Good Humor Ice Cream Trucks and even playing the music box in a Good Humor float in the Rose Parade. Frank...
Francis Thomas Coffey, Jr.
December 1, 1919 – April 23, 2014

Francis (AKA, Frank) was the first born son to Veronica (Virginia) and Francis Coffey, Sr. Frank was born in Missouri and was baptized at St. Louis Cathedral.

He moved to Los Angeles, California with his father, mother and younger brother when he was very young where he stayed for the remainder of his life. He is predeceased by his younger brother, Vincent.

Some of his first experiences in the working world were as a courier for the Federal Reserve Bank; painting Good Humor Ice Cream Trucks and even playing the music box in a Good Humor float in the Rose Parade.

Frank enlisted into the Army during World War II and served from October 1941 to August 1945. His Company B 713th Railway Operating Battalion followed Patton into Naples, Foggia and Rome, Italy; Southern France; Tunisia, Central Europe and Rhineland repairing the railways as a Technician 3rd Grade . He was awarded the American Defense Service Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and Good Conduct Medal for his service.

At the end of the war, he returned to California and shortly after his discharge from the Army, Frank married his first wife, Ruth and they had a daughter, Madeline, born in August 1947. The marriage ended a few years later.

While still working for Good Humor, he was recommended for a job at National Title Insurance Company. He was hired and gave his notice to Good Humor. His learned painting skills from Good Humor are still evident in both his homes in Alhambra and Lakewood. Frank worked as a Title Officer for National Title Insurance Company for 46 years and was extremely well known and regarded in the title industry even consulting into his 70's after his retirement.

He met his second wife, Betty while both working at National Title after invited her to a company party. Frank and Betty were married in Monterey Park, CA settling in Alhambra. Their son Francis (Frank), III was born in July of 1954. Frank and Betty were married 58 years until she passed away in 2010.

Frank enjoyed woodworking and was truly known for his DYI projects as well as getting together with neighbors for many a party and just to enjoy each other's friendship. Frank and Betty especially enjoyed the golf outings with their AFE (Away From Everything) group. They played on almost 100 different golf courses.

In the late 1970's, Frank's job transferred him to the South Bay area of Los Angeles. So in 1980, Frank and Betty moved to Lakewood, CA. They had no problem keeping in contact with friends and families in Alhambra. It just meant now they had more places to dine and have fun. Everyone took turns exploring the several dining opportunities between Lakewood and Alhambra.

Frank enjoyed his career in the Title business for 50 years, fine dining with Betty, being with his grandchildren and of course ice cream, which went with everything. He spent his last year residing at Katella Senior Living where he enjoyed meeting new friends and the good food especially the ice cream and cookies.

Frank leaves behind his loving daughter, Madeline Ryan and devoted son, Frank Coffey, III. (Cris) and five grandchildren: Walter Ryan Jr., Brenda Robichaud (Rick), Matthew Coffey, Emily Wroblewski (Terrance) and Andrew Coffey as well as two great- grandchildren, Christopher and Jonathan Robichaud.

Frank believed we were put on earth to help and do good for other people. He always believed that God was with him (and he called upon Him often). His belief led him to make his first communion on April 20, 2014 (Easter Sunday) completing a life long aspiration. Frank enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren; when they entered the room his face would light up. He passed on his strong work ethic and attention to detail to everyone that worked with him. His quick wit, sense of humor and warm smile made it easy to be in his company.

His warm smile, gentle manner and sense of humor will always be in our hearts….

Luyben Family Dilday-Mottell Mortuary (562) 425-6401

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