William Kenneth (Ken) L. Coffey

June 17, 1953 to December 29, 2019

Obituary

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved William Kenneth “Ken” Lawrence Coffey, age 66 years. Ken was born at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital, St. John’s on June 17th, 1953 – and passed peacefully on December 29th, 2019 at the Intensive Care Unit of the same Hospital.

Ken was a devoted husband, father, brother, grandfather, and a passionate teacher and mentor who inspired and touched the lives of thousands during his 30-year career at Gonzaga High School.  Leaving to mourn his cherished wife of 44 years – the love of his life and best friend – Carole Anne (Walters), and their treasured children James, Joseph (Sue Anne), Jeffrey (Susan) and Juliana – who were the pride and joy of his life.  He was further blessed with eight precious grandchildren Lauryn, Gavin, Brandon, Carly, Jacob, Benjamin, Matthew and Nadia; two special brothers Michael Gray (Joyce) and Kerry (Sharon); six nephews Ian, Christopher, Scott, Andrew, Tyrone and John; a beloved goddaughter Sarah Loder (Green) and countless cousins, lifelong friends and close colleagues.  Ken was predeceased by his parents James Michael Coffey of Angels Cove and Marguerite Josephine (Maher) of Aquaforte/Ferryland, whom he loved dearly, and sister Roseanne who died in infancy.

A naturally talented athlete, academic and gifted teacher, Ken graduated as the Valedictorian and Athlete of the Year for the class of 1970 at Gonzaga High School, where he returned in 1975 to begin his lifelong teaching career.  Following his retirement in 2005, Ken furthered his career in science education as the Executive Director of the Newfoundland Science Centre and as the Director of Biotechnology for Sanofi-Aventis at Memorial University’s GENESIS Group.

Ken remained humble throughout his life, always assisting others without expectation of recognition or gratitude.  He was kind to the betrodden, generous to the less fortunate, a loyal friend to all animals, and spent his life trying to better the lives of others.  Ken lived by the motto – “A man for others” – a philosophy instilled in him through his immersion in the Jesuit culture at Gonzaga High School.  In accordance with Ken’s character, the family requests that flowers and other items be withheld, and instead donations be made to The Gathering Place, or simply to pay it forward to an individual in need.

Special thank you to the staff at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital Intensive Care Unit for their care and compassion towards Ken and family in his final days, and to the many physicians, nurses, and specialists in Eastern Health who have attended to him over the years.

Ken was a faithful Christian, a scientist and always maintained his sense of wonder.  When questioned or challenged on his beliefs, he always affirmed that “We are all made of stardust”.  Please join us in celebrating his life with visitation at Carnell’s Funeral Home on Freshwater Road, St. John’s on Thursday January 2nd, and Friday January 3rd from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 pm with funeral service to be held at St. Pius X, Smithville Crescent, St. John’s on Saturday January 4th at 9:30 am.

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2-4 p.m. on January 2, 2020

7-9 p.m. on January 2, 2020

2-4 p.m. on January 3, 2020

7-9 p.m. on January 3, 2020

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329 Freshwater Road
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Dear Carole Anne and Family, I was very saddened to learn yesterday of Ken’s passing. My sister sent me a message about your letter, Carole Anne. I have just read Ken’s obituary and the condolences. I shall also write a regular letter to you. I can imagine how your life has changed. For now, I send my deep condolences to all of you. Ken was an amazing man, and I wish that I had known him better. Alberta

So sorry to hear of this passing of an old friend. I knew Ken when his family spent summers in Ferryland when he and his brother were growing up. We shared some good times together at local dances and beach bonfires. Good memories of a great guy. May he rest in peace.

Very sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. A wonderful fellow and one of my favourite teachers. And I can see by the previous comments that I was hardly the only student impressed with his intellect and touched., and perhaps scarred (but no more than I deserved) by his wit.

Carole Anne and family. My thoughts are with you.

I remember Ken clearly from the 1976 Shakespeare production. He and Mike Best gave the cast and crew a beautiful experience . I loved his friendly style of teaching and knew when I saw his light blue sports car parked outside the library in the morning, that it would be a great day at Gonzaga.

Rest in peace.

Dear Carole Anne and family:
I was very sorry to hear of Ken’s passing and for not being able to visit with you to tell you so.
My condolences and very best wishes to you all.
Keith Storey

Where to begin…
First of all GOODBYE , my dear dear Friend!! RIP and may God hold you in the Palm of His hand forever!! I have been wrestling with what to say since I received news of your passing.
There is nothing that can be said to take away the pain from the hearts of those of us who knew and loved you Ken. We have somehow stayed in touch over the past 52 years and between visits to Nfld and your surprise show ups at places where the Military posted us, we never lost touch!! You have always been a true friend!!
2019 is a year that I will surely not remember fondly.. first with the passing of my own mother followed by the passing of my mother-in-law just a month later and now the year end brings your untimely loss!!
To Carol Anne and the kids my deepest condolences for you loss!! You all know the kind of a man your husband, father, grandfather was and bear in mind that he will be loved by all who hold a lifetime of memories from knowing him!!
Again, GOODBYE my dear friend, sorry I was unable to attend your “send off” but know that my heart was breaking with all of you. Ken I will miss you!!
Always and Forever XOXO Jody

My deepest condolences to the Coffey Family. Mr Coffey was a wonderful person and an exceptional teacher. It is very rare to encounter a teacher who you remember more than 30 years after leaving school. He possessed a wonderful balance of intellect, humour and empathy that impacted all who had the privilege of being his pupil.

So sorry for your loss .

so sorry for your lost went to school with ken from grade one to grade eight I just herd of his passing

So sorry for your loss.

CarolAnn and family, so sorry to hear Ken passed away ,our prayers are with you and your family .
May Ken Rest In Peace in the arms of the angels

My husband just told me a story of Mr. Coffey. He and a friend went on the pip but submitted letters of absence the next day. They were called to the office by Mr. Coffey the next day and he had asked my husband how his friend spelled his last name. Unfortunately for my husband he spelled it wrong, he spelled it the same as it was on the absentee note.,with an extra L. They were both caught for going on the pip and writing absentee notes for each other. Sorry for your loss but he was remembered fondly. B Neary

Dear Carole Anne & family.

My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Ken and I studied at university together. It was Ken who was responsinle for ensuring my first teaching opportunities at Gonzaga. Ken was the consummate gentleman, He was a caring and compassionate sole. I am truly saddened to learn of his passing. My thoughts & prayers are with you and the family

Doug Best & family

Carole Anne and family, please accept our deepest condolences on Ken’s passing. Take solace in the memories of a man who touched so many lives in such a short time.

Deepest condolences to the extended family. Mr. Coffey taught my brothers and I through the ’80s, and we all remember his wonderful spirit. We will never know how many future teachers Mr. Coffey inspired with his care and compassion. And a good joke. Rest in peace.

Sincere condolences on the loss of your dear Ken, a kind and gentle soul. My daughter was lucky enough to have him as a teacher at Gonzaga. May Ken Rest In Peace. Another angel to watch over you. Sincerely, Gkendora Boland

So sorry for your loss, Mr Coffey was a wonderful man. Our condolences to the family .

Dear Carole Anne and family,
A colleague from the Geography Dept. called today with the sad message that Ken had died. From the outpouring of tributes to him he was fondly remembered by all who knew him.
With deepest sympathy, Mabel and Geoffrey Farmer.

I’m so sorry for your loss. Mr. Coffey was one of those teachers who were just wonderful to all his students. He was the only teacher who let me eat in class… and I know that sounds like a little thing, but it meant a lot to us that he wasn’t caught up in a power struggle and just cared about helping his students. Not only was he kind, he was extremely smart and wildly funny. I have no doubt he will be missed. Rest In Peace Mr. Coffey:)

My sincere condolences to Mr. Coffey’s family and many friends. He was an outstanding teacher that seemed to have figured out perfectly the delicate balance between getting the work done and sharing laughter as well. So well respected by all & will be very much missed and remembered with fondness.

Dean Hickey
Class of 88

Carole Anne, Joe, Jay, Jeff and Julie
Ken was everything to you and to many others. I know you will miss him dearly but take comfort in the good that he did in his short life. I would say a good life ended too early. He was my friend. We loved each other. He was also loved by Shelley who described him as a “beautiful man”. Please accept all our condolences.

Mr. Coffey was simply an amazing man. He will be missed and never forgotten.

My sincere condolences to the Coffey family. Mr. Coffey was a such a kind man with a terrific sense of humour. I am privileged to have had him as a teacher and was so happy to speak with him one more time at our band concert In June.

Dear Carole Anne and family,
We are very sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. He has clearly left a great legacy as a teacher and a very kind person. Our prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Dear Carole Anne and family,
We are very sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. He has clearly left a great legacy as a teacher and a very kind person. Our prayers are with you at this difficult time.

My condolences to the Coffey family.. He was a great teacher, mentor and role model to his students. Class was always interesting when he was teaching..

Sorry about Ken’s passing. Wish I could have known him more.
The few times I met him, he came across as a kind and loving person..
My condolence to the family and my prayers are with you.

Dear Carole Anne and family – we are so sorry to hear about Ken’s passing. We wish you all strength during this difficult time. At the same time, you should also take solace at the amazing response on this site and in other media. He was clearly a very special father, husband and teacher. With very best wishes, Charlie Mather.

My condolences to the Coffey family. I have many fond memories of Ken’s chemistry classes in the 3rd floor chem lab. He had an uncanny ability to make science fun and interesting.. Many times running into him, long after leaving Gonzaga, he always remembered my name. Special man and a special educator.

My condolences to family and friends . May you Rest In Peace Ken Coffey .

We are so sorry to hear of Ken Coffey s passing.Im sure you all fond memories of your dad, grandfather and husband.

To Jay and Family,

I offer my sincerest condolences at the time of your Father’s passing.
Take comfort in your cherished memories at this time, and may it help you all with your profound grief.

Very sorry to hear the news. Ken was an amazing teacher who was loved by his students, fellow teachers, and staff. I always think Ken when reflecting on those great years I spent at Gonzaga. Condolences to his family.

I was in Ken’s grade 11 301 class with Nels Connolly as homeroom teacher 1969-1970. We played together on the extramural volleyball team with Mr. Corpus as coach who we “drove nuts” with our shenanigans. Ken always took the lead. He was a dedicated player when he got on the court. Always good for a laugh in class and got along with everybody. Saw Ken at MUN as we started MUN in Sept 1970. Always took time to chat about our Gonzaga days. A true loss. We are indeed stardust.

So sorry to hear of Mr. Coffey’s passing, He was a wonderful person and really enjoyed the times when we came to visit on our trips to St. Johns. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family.
Sharon & John Billard

To The Coffey Family,
A great man has gone from this physical world however, his legacy will live on forever. Such beautiful and cherished memories that has left an imprint on all who had the pleasure of knowing Kenny Coffey.
I heard about Kenny growing up as his dad and my grandfather were best friends. My brother Kerry was named after his brother.
Kenny taught my brother chemistry and my son Justin in Gonzaga. He was loved by all.
I first had the privilege of meeting Kenny when I took care of his mom when she was ill. We became instant friends and found out we were distant cousins. Kenny always wanted to learn more about his family tree.
During my son Justin’s illness with cancer Kenny was their for our family to always offer support and chat whenever needed. He genuinely made the time for all.
I feel so blessed to have known Kenny and Carol Anne and family you were blessed to have such a great husband and dad. He loved you all so much.
Kenny you maybe be gone but will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Kenny

Very sorry to hear about Mr. Coffey’s passing. He came to our 20th Gonzaga reunion in 2007, recognized me right away and asked how my brother was doing (whom he taught 5 years before me). Uncanny memory. He was also very funny. He once gave me an “SOC” for hitting a school bus with a snowball after school. I asked how he could give me a “sent out of class” when I wasn’t in class? He said “use it tomorrow”. My condolences to his family, he was a great teacher and human being..

Sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. Tony and I had great conversations with Ken. I Love the picture of Santa. One to be treasured for sure. He was a kind man and had a twinkle in his eye when he smiled.
Condolences to the Family. XO

Carole Ann and family, sorry to learn of Ken’s passing, I offer my condolences and prayers. Bless you all.

I am deeply shocked and saddened to hear the news of Mr. Coffey’s passing. I had him for homeroom my first year of High School (Grade 9 – Section 103). He was a great teacher and a kind caring individual who genuinely cared about his students. For me, he made the transition from Elementary School to High School easier and less stressful. The image of Mr. Coffee teaching class with his lab coat on is embedded in my memory forever. Deepest and Sincere Condolences to Mr. Coffey’s wife, children, grandchildren, siblings, friends, extended family, and former colleagues…May He Rest In Peace…!!

So sorry to hear of Mr. Coffey’s passing, he was a very special teacher. I was (still am) bad at chemistry but he found a way to make it seem engaging to my angsty teenage brain. His humor and wisdom will be missed by everyone who knew him, especially the multitude of students he helped throughout his career. My sincere condolences to the entire Coffey family.

Mr. Coffey was a wonderful teacher who made chemistry tangible and the process of learning it enjoyable. There were many days at MUN when I hoped he would appear as a guest lecturer! I can still hear The Mamas and Papas playing while wrestling through those quizzes in his classroom. Mr. Coffey always equipped students with the tools and environment to succeed and I suspect that there are hundreds of successful people contributing in the world today that owe a portion of that to him. Sleep well Mr. Coffey.

Mrs. Coffey, Joe, Jay, Jeff and Julianna.
There are very few words I can add to all the wonderful comments already made about Mr. Coffey. I’m sending you my most heartfelt condolences, and love. Thinking of you all, and remembering Mr. Coffey with a smile! Take care.

Dear Carole Ann and family, please accept our deepest condolences; you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Martha and Ches Sanger

My sincerest condolences to Mr. Coffeys family and friends at this heartbreaking time. Mr. Coffey taught me Chemistry in high school and was one of those teachers that left a lasting impression. I remember him having an incredible memory so much so that he would quietly bust people for skipping line in the cafeteria on a regular basis just by reviewing the line every few minutes or he would ask why you chose to sit in a different seat in his classroom than you did when he taught you the year before. I also remember him telling us about a crow that his kids had found injured and nursed it back to health and whom they kept as a pet. Secretly, I remember not really believing that this was true. About 10 years after graduating I remember running into Mr. Coffey at the vet clinic and to my disbelief, he was there with no other than a pet crow. I walked up to him and said, you know, none of us could ever believe that you really owned a pet crow, i can’t believe its true! He responded with that signature quiet wide grin that always seemed to have a hint of mischief; he was quite pleased to know he had surprised us all.

Take comfort in your memories and the family and friends who will surround you at this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you too.

Ken’s is the most appropriate and beautiful image ever chosen to introduce the tale of a life well lived thank you !

Dear Carole Ann and family, I was saddened to learn of Ken’s death this week and so happy to have had a chance for a few special moments to speak with you both a few times recently. Ken was always so pleasant and so interested in the lives of all he met over the years. There is no doubt he will be long remembered fondly by the many, many people he influenced and helped during his life time of love and generosity!
My deepest sympathy to you.
Libby Quigley

My condolences to the Coffey Family. Ken was a wonderful teacher , a successful coach and a treasured colleague. I had the good fortune to
be on the Gonzaga Staff with him for many years.
All of us who worked with him are still laughing at his practical jokes and the fun he created at
Gonzaga.

Sincere condolences to the Coffeys during your time of loss. May positive memories get you through these times of grief.

Dale, Kelli, Julia and Elliott Lambe

Carole Anne and Family: Our thoughts and prayers are with in
the loss of your husband and dad. Kenny has been friends of our family for many years. Our son Kerry and grandson Justin excelled in his chemistry class. My father Dave and his father James while growing up in Angel’s Cove were best friends. We always considered Kenny as a distant cousin. He was our guiding light during Justin’s illness. Kenny always took the time to chat through phone calls or random meet at the store always with a smile. He will be surely missed. Rest In Peace Kenny

So sorry and sad for all of you.. Joe, Jay, Jeff, Julie, Mrs Coffey and extended families. You accepted many of us into your world and for that we are very grateful. Your dad created 4 really gifted kids. I remember being there as a naive baymen in awe of all the pets he allowed into your home and how he preached trying to be your best at whatever you choose to do. My sympathy for each of you. Jay said it very well.

You guys have a kindness that more people need.

Lots of love

Derrick

My condolences to Ken’s family. I worked with ken from 1990 to 1997. We had many great discussions on the sir name of Coffey because my grandmother was a Coffey from Angels Cove. His sons were in some of my classes. A sad day for all.

Carol Anne, Jay Joe and family,
Sincere condolences to you on Ken’s passing..
Greg and MaryBeth Twining

Carole Anne and family. Sincere condolences to you and your family. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.

Carol Anne and family,
My condolences to you and your family. A wonderful person with a big heart. While we never worked with each other directly, our paths crossed many times and our conversations clearly showed Ken’s love of teaching. love of his students.

My sincerest condolences to the entire Coffey family.
Thinking of you all during this very difficult tome.

My sincere condolences are extended to the Coffey family. Thinking of you all during this very difficult time.

I met Ken back in 1999 while on a one year teaching assignment at Gonzaga. I was the new kid on staff and when he learned I was a Southern Shore girl, like his mom, he immediately took me under his wing and always made a point to connect with me in some way each day, to show me the ropes, to welcome me in and to make me feel I could make a difference. I will never forget his kindness and mentorship.
Having transferred to Gonzaga since Ken’s retirement, I smile to hear Ken’s name pop up in conversation around our Gonzaga staff lunch table. His name is always said with a smile – quite often in the telling of some good-natured shenanigans. I may have only known him for a short while, but he left a lasting impression and obviously had a similar impact on those who knew him. Ken Coffey and Gonzaga go hand in hand.
Thinking of you all at this sad time.

Dear Carole Anne and family.

I was saddened to read of Ken’s passing. His kindness, humour, and the legacy of the joy of learning and of science carry on in so many whose lives he touched.. My condolences. Carolyn Emerson

Carol Anne and family
Sorry to read this sad news. Our recent chat at shoppers caught us up on our families and life. Thinking of you all and please take care of yourself as well.
Sincerely
Ellen Chalker (Martin on Sycamore Place)

To the Coffey family:
My sincere condolences…I have many fond memories of both the science lessons and life lessons Mr. Coffey taught during chemistry class at Gonzaga. He inspired many students (myself included) to go on to careers in the sciences and was always so encouraging. What a wonderful legacy he leaves behind. Thinking of you all.

Sending our sincere condolences to Ken’s family & friends. Thoughts & Prayers are with you all at this sad time, God Bless & RIP Ken.

Dr. Joseph Coffey and family,
Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your dad.
I feel your great loss and offer prayers for you all.
May your wonderful father R.I.P. 🙏

My deepest sympathy to Ken’s family & friends. He was my son Philip’s chemistry teacher at Gonzaga and he was a great mentor to him and all the students. He will be missed.

My condolences to Mr. Coffey’s entire family. I had him for Chemistry in the early 80’s and he without a doubt made a tough subject seem fun.

Carole Anne may care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you though the days ahead . My most sincere condolences

I am so sorry to hear that Mr Coffey has passed away. He was one of a kind and I will always be greatull that he was my teacher. He was so smart and funny and so kind….he made us all feel like he was a friend and not just a teacher.
Rest Easy Mr. Coffey.

To Jay, Joe and family,
Our deepest condolences with the unfortunate passing of your Father. We were deeply saddened to hear of Mr. Coffey’s passing. May all the fond memories of him make you smile often and remind you of how proud you are to call him Dad.
Sorry we can’t pay our respects in person, it’s times like this where the support from friends and family will provide you comfort.
RIP, Sir.

We remember Ken’s care, consideration and support for students at a vital time in their educational and personal growth.. His concern for animals blossomed in Julianna. Our condolences to Carole Anne and family.

The Montevecchi’s

Sincere condolences to Mrs. Coffey (Carole Anne), Jay, Joe, Jeff, Juliana and the Coffey family. I just heard this sad news. Mr. Coffey was one of the most respected teachers I had, and I truly appreciated his skill, kindness and humor in and out of the classroom. He was the first and only person I met that had the whole periodic table memorized! This intelligence and love of chemistry inspired my interest in the sciences and to pursue a career in Engineering. So, I hope these words help you heal as you remember what a great man Mr. Coffey was.

I find myself speechless to fully express how much Ken’s passing pains me. He was an inspiring teacher at Gonzaga but beyond that, a cherished mentor and friend since then. I thoroughly enjoyed and looked forward to visiting with him (with our chats lasting for hours, at times) whenever I came home on a trip, and feel very lucky that I was able to move home a year and a half ago, allowing me to visit much more often during that time! I will miss those conversations, both for the intelligent topics as well as the insight into life and life’s problems.

My 2 older children, Seamus and Sophie, also met Ken in the last year and though their acquaintance with him was brief, he touched their lives enough that they were both very saddened by his passing, as well! Ken was that sort of person, to be able to talk to any person no matter their background, and to listen in a way that left no doubt that he was truly interested in knowing how you are and what is happening in your life. I feel that all of us who knew him were fortunate to have him in our lives and are so much the better for it.

Mr Coffey was one of my teachers at Gonzaga. He made science fun to learn and thought his student more then just science. He touched the lives of the people he came in contact with. He will be missed by so many. May you rest in peace.

Dear Carole Anne and family, Ken was truly a wonderful person. Have know him for many years. He has always been the same, kind, generous, sincere and humorous man. A joy to speak to., remembered so much of our growing up days. He will be greatly missed.

Dear Carole Anne Joe,Jay,Jeff and Juliana and families it is with great sadness that I offer our sincere condolences to all of you who loved him so dearly..He truly was a wonderful kind and brilliant man..He had the intelligence of his dear Father Jim
And the wonderful sense of hu mor of his kind and loving Mother Margareuite…Heaven has certainly gained another Angel.. May God rest his gentle soul…The memory of his love for all of you will guide you through this sad and difficult period in your life..God Bless you all.xoxo
Felix and Marian Barnable.

To Carol-Ann and Family…I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your dear husband and father Ken. My sincere sympathy to all of you.

To the Coffey Family,
I am so saddened to hear of Ken’s passing . The words from Mr . Coffey’s obituary really says it all . Ken was an excellent teacher not only at Gonzaga but in how he lived his life. Ken would always ask me , “how are your parents and all your brothers doing or how is your son .” I really enjoyed having a chat with him . Mr . Coffey was a friend of mine and our family and he will be truly missed. To Mrs . Coffey and all of his family and friends I am keeping you in my prayers. Eternal rest grant unto him O’Lord and may perpetual light shine upon him .
Regards Greg Hagerty

Sincere condolences to Carole Anne and family.

Joe, Susy, Brady, Carly, Matthew – and the entire Coffey family- our sincerest condolences to you all at this difficult time. Very sorry for your loss. The Seymours (Ava, Anna, Robert and Patti)

Carole Anne, my sincere condolences at your great loss.! Ken was an excellent student and, later on, a
great science teacher at Gonzaga.

Ken coffee was my homeroom teacher for the three years that I when to Gonzaga high school I cant believe he is gone

Carole Anne, my sincerest condolences at your loss.
Scott Strong

I still remember Mr. Coffey like it was yesterday. Very sad to hear about this. Sincerest condolences from the Kashyap and Ahuja family, Sonya, Shalini, Sangeeta, Savina, Renu and Hira.

Mr. Coffey was an incredible teacher who had a profound and lasting impact on my life. My condolences to the family.

Very sad to hear of Ken’s passing. My deepest condolences to Carol Anne and family. Ken was a colleague at Gonzaga and for several years we shared the same prep period. We had many interesting chats and talking about our families was top on the list.
As I am in BC for Christmas I’m unable to attend Ken’s wake and funeral but my prayers are with you.

Sincere condolences to Carole Anne, Jay, Joe, Jeff, Juliana and their enlarged family. I knew Ken during his teaching career at Gonzaga High School.; and remember him as a committed educator who would leave no stone unturned to reach out to his students. The many tributes contained on this site from former students is evidence of their respect for him as a teacher and a person.
After my daughter Susan married into the Coffey family, I got to meet and talk to him on a more regular basis.. He was a joy to converse with, on any topic one wanted to choose. He was a wealth of information who seemed to know most of the greater population of Nl. When the Farewells socialized with the Coffeys Ken was always conscious of including everybody into the conversation. He would always ask about my children, grandkids and even my great granddaughter whom he loved to see.
This is such a harsh time for your family. Over time I hope you can take consolation in your memories of Ken and also the impact he had on others.
On behalf of myself, my wife Lorna and the Farewell family we extend our deepest sympathies.

To Mr Coffey’s family – I was so saddened to hear this news. Mr Coffey taught me and was also my home room teacher in my last year at Gonzaga in 1991 and he made a tremendous impact on me and so many others in our time at Gonzaga. May your memories and the knowledge of the profound impact he made on so many others provide you with some comfort. You are in my thoughts and prayers – with deepest sympathies,

Sincerely,
Lynn Healey

Dear Carole Anne and family, My deepest sympathy during this very sad time. You were blessed to have had such a fine man as a husband and father and I know you will treasure the wonderful memories. I first knew Ken as a student when I taught at Gonzaga. Later, Ken was chemistry teacher for ny two sons, Robert and David,, and they had such respect for him as a teacher and as a person. He was also their Reach for the Top Coach and took them to two national competitions. The Lord must be rejoicing to be gifted with Ken and certainly enjoying his wit an humour. Oh, the stories he is telling! Many prayers going your way. Blessings.

I had the pleasure of having Mr. Coffey as one of my teachers and i have to say he was one of the best I’ve had. So sorry for your loss.

A remarkable and precious human. You nurtured him well.

Mr. Coffey was a wonderful teacher. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.

I remember Mr. Coffey from environmental science and that was 20+ years ago. I bumped into him last year and he remembered me vividly. He was an amazing person and teacher. He will be missed. My heartfelt condolences go out to the Coffey family. You are with the angels now sir.

From our family to the Coffey’s we offer our sincere condolences on the passing of Ken. I’ll miss our conversations, watching him with his and Carole Anne’s grand children as well as his smile. Thank you for your youngest son Jeff who has been a perfect husband to my little sister, solid brother in law to myself and amazingly genuine uncle to our kids. We love you. Thoughts and prayers from Bragg Creek to you all, hugs and kisses Carole Anne we look forward to this in person as soon as we can get home. ❤️

So very to hear of Kens passing. Ken and Carol Anne were customers of mine many years ago. Two of the sweetest people I Have ever met.

My condolences to your family.

God bless.

So sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. I will alway remember him as a loving, caring giant of a man when I worked with him at Gonzaga. May he Rest In Peace.

We were saddened to hear of Ken’s passing , & offer our sympathy & condolences to Carole Anne & the family. May his eternal soul Rest In Peace.

God bless…
Diana, Ron & family

Mrs Coffey and Family, my sincere condolences on Mr Coffey’s passing. He was my chemistry teacher in the 80’s at Gonzaga. I will never forget his smile and his ability to teach in a way that was easy to understand, given the subject. He was also able to return any sly student comment with the most witty and perfectly targeted response. The world was a better place with him in it and I am grateful for knowing him. Rest in peace Sir.

Dear Carole Anne and the Coffey Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May you always keep Ken’s memory close to your hearts. Rest In Peace, Ken and may God bless the Coffey family.

Sincere condolences to Carole Ann and the entire Coffey family. Ken will be greatly missed by all. We are out of the country and are not able to attend Ken’s funeral. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Ken …….when in heaven you ever meet my dog , please don’t give him a hard time for eating my homework .
RIP Ken

Hi Carole Ann,
I am so sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. He was a faithful friend to all who knew him. Both of you worked as a team, being an example of kindness and compassion to all. He will be greatly missed. I am sorry I am out of the country now and not available to participate in Ken’s funeral Mass. It would have been an honour to do so. Please know that you and family are in my thoughts and prayers. Much love to all.
Doreen Browne

So sad to hear of Ken’s passing. Please accept our sincere condolences in your time of sorrow.

Deepest sympathies to Mrs. Coffey and the Coffey family. Mr. Coffey was a gifted teacher who inspired generations of students with his inquisitive mind, humour and compassion. He will be remembered always.

Sincere condolences to the entire Coffey family. He was a wonderful teacher and left a lasting impression on many of us who were lucky to have him.

Carol- Ann and family,
Was sadden to hear about ken’s passing.. Always loved having a chat with him. Rest In Peace ken.

I’m sorry to learn of Mr. Coffey’s passing and remember him fondly. Heartfelt condolences to the entire Coffey family in this difficult time.

Heartfelt sympathies to wall the family..

My sincere condolences to the Coffey family. Ken taught me Chemistry at Gonzaga and I have fond memories of his teaching and, if I remember correctly, a really good memory.
Rest in peace, Mr. Coffey.

So sorry to hear of Mr. Coffey’s passing. He was an amazing teacher and a wonderful person. He taught me Chemistry and always made class fun and interesting. Sincere condolences to his family at this difficult time.

Dear Joe and Jay and family: I’m so sorry to hear of fathers passing. I’m thinking if you all.

Mr. Coffey was a wonderful teacher, listener and overall amazing human. He will forever be remembered by many of his students. May his should rest in peace.

Ken was a great man and wonderful teacher. I had him for my homeroom class in 1990. It was my first year at Gonzaga and I couldn’t have asked for a better teacher you guide me through that transition. Also that year my parents had separated oh, so I was kind of finding myself that you’re so I couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful teacher mentor just a listening ear when I need. I am glad to say that can with a part of my life and would definitely have it the same way if I had it to do over again. I am so sorry for your loss of Ken. He will be missed by many as well as myself. You are all in my thoughts and prayers, May the peace of Jesus be with all of you at this time

I was very sad to hear of Mr. Coffey’s passing. He taught me Chemistry at Gonzaga in 1987. Being that Math was never my friend, Chemistry also did not come easy. He always took the time to remind me what I needed to study to make sure the concepts were not lost on me and show me where I went wrong when I inevitably went off course. He was a wonderful teacher (amongst a school of great teachers) who cared for his class and didn’t shy away from lightening the mood with humour (his wit was as dry as it was sharp). While Chemistry was one of my least favorite subjects it was probably my favorite class. Passing that class was a testament to him as a teacher more so than it was to my abilities as a student. Rest in Peace, Sir……

Carol Anne and family. I was so shocked to hear of Ken’s passing. My heart goes out to you at this most difficult time.

Doloras, Peter and family

Ken was my chemistry teacher at Gonzaga from 1982-84. His passion and knowledge were obvious. However what I always remember was his effort to help those struggling with the course. He simply did not want to see a student fail. Extra time before and after class, additional group tutoring sessions, one on one tutoring….whatever it took, Ken put it forth. Rest in peace.

To the Coffey family,

Mr. Coffey was simply one of the nicest people I ever met in my time with Minor Soccer. It was especially nice to see his smiling face when I was refereeing. I am so sorry for your loss. I hope that the messages and condolences you receive will help you through this tough time..

Sandi Noseworthy

Joe,, I was saddened to learn of your father’s passing, Sam and I wish to convey our condolences to you and your family. Although we never met your dad, I’m sure he was a wonderful father to have raised such a careing and outstanding son. Thinking of you at this trying time.

So sorry for your loss my friends. Ken was a great man, I’ll always remember his unique sense of humor. We are all thinking of you.

I am so sorry for your loss. Ken taught me chemistry at Gonzaga in 2005. He was an excellent teacher and mentor. I always remember his dry sense if humor; he would put the class into fits of laughter and yet carry on as if nothing had occured.
I ran into him a few months ago at the Barber’s, he remembered my name, and where I sat in his class.
Gonzaga has truly lost a legend
condolences,
Matt Jenkins

Carole Anne and Family,

Our deepest condolences to you. During my time at Gonzaga I deeply appreciated the care and concern Ken gave his students and his colleagues. And his mischievous wit … it was something to behold!!!
Know that we hold you in our hearts and prayers and in the deep assurance of Ken being in the arms of the Lord.

Gordie & I are so very sad for our good friends the Coffey family – wife Carole Anne, children Joe, Jay, Jeff and Juliana & 8 beautiful grandchildren on the loss of a wonderful dear man who was a loving husband father & grandfather. Cherish all your precious memories to help you through the difficult times ahead. Ken was a good friend, teacher & soccer coach to our twins Michael & Angela. He was one of the most positive influential people we have ever known, so kind loving and generous. A devoted family man Ken truly cared for his relatives, friends, fellow teachers, all his students that he so positively influenced throughout his career. He will be forever loved & fondly remembered. by all of us who were blessed & fortunate to have known him & spent time with him. Much love and many hugs from Gordie & Rhonda O’Brien & family. xox

I was a student of Ken in the 70’s at Gonzaga High School. Very professional and caring soul. I moved from Newfoundland in 1980 and still remember this kind soul. May you be in the arms of Jesus my friend. Prayers for all your family.

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I was welcomed onto the Gonzaga Staff in September 1993 by Ken. I have many great memories of working alongside Ken. He was a great mentor and on many occasions we had a great laugh together as he told of his many pranks with one of his buddies Paul Tobin (the Fallopian tube incident being one). I remember he was a GHS soccer coach and the “Reach for the top” (TV show) mentor to many! I learned so much from being a colleague in the science department along with him. Those were great years! Ken always asked about my family and he made a personal connection with everyone he met. Ken, you have left us all with great memories and have influenced so many young people to follow your lead to become “men and women for others”. My deepest condolences to your cherished wife and children.

Sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at these difficult times god bless . Ken was a great teacher and a super fun person at Gonzaga he will be missed

Joe, Susy, Carly, Matthew and Brady,
We are so sorry to hear of Mr Coffey’s passing. Please know all our prayers are your family are this incredibly difficult time.

Mr. Coffey taught me at Gonzaga. I had recently moved and it was a difficult time. His quiet care and concern was a consolation to me. I was blessed to interact with him periodically after I left Gonzaga, and he always took the time to ask how I was doing and to share a moment with me. My prayers are with his family at this time.

Our condolences to the Coffey families on the passing of Mr. Coffey. May God Bless your Family at this time of loss.

So sorry to hear of Mr. Coffey’s passing, and grateful to have had him as a teacher. I will remember his kindness, generosity and humour, as well as his love of his family (whom he often talked about in class). To Mrs. Coffey and the entire Coffey family, praying for you at this difficult time. May he rest in peace

Gina and I extend our condolences to the Coffey family for their loss. Indeed, it is a great loss to many. Ken’s sense of humor and positive outlook on life is a lesson for all.
Ken’s great memory made him the historian among his friends and he could always recall in great detail events of long ago. He was, however, very discrete when it came to the more embarrassing memories. Ken, my friend, I shall miss you but I shall never forget you.
Pat and Gina Maddigan

To the Coffey family,
I am so saddened to hear of Mr. Coffey’s passing. I always remember him from home room and chemistry classes. He was a wonderful teacher with a great sense of humour. He will be greatly missed. Sending all my love to you at this difficult time. 💜