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Minnie L.2 Touhey    was born 1877.  Minnie died October 03, 1957 Canandaigua, New York, at 80 years of age. 

                 SHORTSVILLE  ENTERPRISE October 9, 1957

Miss Minnie L. Touhey, 80, of 210 North Main Street, died last Thursday, October 3, at Cowles Nursing Home. Survivors are a nephew Walter T. Flynn and a niece Mary L. Flynn of Canandaigua.  Burial in Calvary Cemetery. 

Kathryn E. Touhey was born 1881.  Kathryn died June 28, 1932 Canandaigua, New York, at 50 years of age. 

         ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES and JOURNAL Fri July 1, 1932  PAGE 4  COL  4

Mrs. Katherine T. Flynn, wife of Thomas F. Flynn, died at her home in the Imperial Hotel, Sunday afternoon, after a long illness.

Besides her husband she leaves two sons and a daughter, Walter, George, and Mary Flynn, her mother, Mrs. Mary Touhey and Miss Minnie L. Touhey, all Canandaigua.  Funeral services at St. Mary's Church, with burial at Calvary Cemetery.

                                 She married Thomas Francis Flynn Canandaigua, New York, April 04, 1910.

                                                        ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  April 8, 1910


Thomas Francis Flynn, proprietor of the Imperial Hotel, and Miss Katerine Elizabeth Touhey, were married at St. Mary's Church on Monday morning by Rev. James T. Dougherty. 

 Following the ceremony a wedding breakfast was served at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jeremiah Touhey, on Saltonstall St.  Later Mr. and Mrs. Flynn departed for a wedding Journey to New York City and the East.  Among the bride's presents was a check for 1000 dollars from her father.                       

                                                            SAME PAPER  and  PAGE

 MARRIED   FLYNNTOUHEY   At Canandaigua, April 4, 1910, Thomas Francis Flynn and Miss Katherine Gertrude Touhey, both of Canandaigua.   Married by a priest named Rev. James T. Dougherty. Witnessed by John Tuohey and Muriel  L. Tuohey. 

William E. Sr.2 Tracey  was born Ireland 1842.  Owned a grocery store on Main Street in Canandaigua, New York.  William died January 31, 1926 Canandaigua, New York, at 83 years of age.                 

                                        ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  Wed. Feb. 3, 1926  Pg  5  Col  5

William Tracey, aged 83 years who had been a resident of this city practically his entire life, died at his home on West Gibson Street Sunday morning following several years of illness. He was a member of Canandaigua KOTM.

He leaves two sons and five daughters, James D., of Buffalo, William Jr. and Miss Isaphine of this city, Mrs. G. A. Brown of Hopewell, Miss Katherine Tracey, Mrs. Ursula T. Edgett, and Mrs. Earl VanDenberg, all of Rochester. Presbyterian Church service, Interment at Woodlawn. His body was interred 1926 Canandaigua, New York, Woodlawn Cemetery.

                          He married Ursula Dukelow Ireland, 1861. Ursula was born France March 12, 1845.  Her death record states that here birthplace was Ireland, which is where her parents were also born. Ursula was the daughter of James Dukelow and Susan Williamson .  Ursula died April 12, 1920 Canandaigua, New York, at 75 years of age.[i]  [i]. Canandaigua City clerk office record number 84 on Page 226 states that she lived at 89 West Gibson Street, and the informant was Mrs. Ursula Edgett. Stated also that she was married to William Tracey.

                ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  April 16, 1920  PAGE  4  COL  6  

          Tracey at Canandaigua, April 12, 1920, Mrs. Ursula D. Tracey aged 75 years, wife of William Tracey Sr.  

                               SAME  PAPER   PAGE  5  COL  5

The death of Mrs. Ursula D. Tracey aged 75 years, wife of William Tracey Sr., occurred at her home on West Gibson Street early Monday morning. Death was due to pneumonia and complications.

She leaves her husband, five daughters Mrs. G. A. Brown of Hopewell, Mrs. Ursula Edgett, Miss Katherine Tracey, and Mrs. Earl VanDenbergh of Rochester, Miss Isaphine Tracey of Canandaigua, William Tracey Jr. of Canandaigua, and James Tracey of Buffalo. Interment at Woodlawn. 

William Tracy Sr. & Ursulla had the following Children:

Ursilla Tracey was born Canandaigua, New York December 1874.  She married twice.  She married Frank A. Edgett Canandaigua, New York, October 20, 1898.[ii]  Canandaigua City Records number 1002 at the City Clerk office. [iii]. Certificate of Record number 327, Canandaigua, NY. Witnessed by Isaphine Tracey and Chester A. Prosser.; and Copy of Certificate of Marriage is on PG 2A in the book, A Tree Trunk.                      

                       ONTARIO REPOSITORY and MESSENGER Thurs. October 27, 1898  PAGE  8

   MARRIAGE     EDGETT -   TRACEY        At Canandaigua, October 20th, Frank A. Edgett of Ferguson's Corners, and Ursilla Tracey                      

                       ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL October 21, 1898

 MARRIED    EDGETT  - TRACEY   At Canandaigua, October 20, 1898, Frank A. Edgett of Ferguson's Corners, and Miss Ursilla Tracey of Canandaigua.

                                                  SAME  PAPER PAGE  3  COL  4

Frank A. Edgett of Ferguson's Corners, and Miss Ursilla Tracey, of this village, were married at the residence of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Tracey, 26 West Gibson Street, at 6 o'clock yesterday afternoon, in the presence of 75 relatives and friends. The ceremony was performed by Rev. C. H. Dickinson, the Episcopal service being used.  The wedding march was played by Miss Agnes Stevens.  

 The house was trimmed throughout by autumn leaves. Miss Fannie Shannon of Rochester was maid of honor.  She wore green organdie and carried pink roses.  The best man was William Tracey, brother of the bride.  The ushers were the Misses Katherine Tracey, Grace Blanchard, Jessie Foster, of this village, Miss Nettie Little of Binghamton, Miss Geraldine Bounds, of Shortsville, and Miss Elizabeth Clarke, of Rochester, all of whom were gowned in white. 

The bride's dress was white organdie over white silk, and she carried white roses.  After the wedding supper, the bride and groom left on the 8 o'clock train for a two week's trip in the south after which they will be home at 28 Bristol Street. He is an attendant at Brigham Hall.

                      Frank was born in Benton, Yates Co., New York November 1869.  Ferguson's Corner was also listed as a birthplace. Frank was the son of Erastus Edgett and Sarah Ellen Riche . 

                           Frank died February 01, 1918 Canandaigua, New York, at 48 years of age.   

                           ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL February 8, 1918

 DIED     EDGETT      At Canandaigua, February 1, 1918, Frank A. Edgett, aged 51 years.

EDGETT - The death of Frank A. Edgett occurred at his home on Catherine Street on Friday evening, from Brights Disease and pneumonia.  He had been in failing health for some time and had been confined to the home for nine weeks.

Born at Ferguson's Corners 51 years ago.  After coming to Canandaigua he was employed as an attendant at Brigham Hall. About 20 years ago he became associated with the W. W. Wilcox grocery store and later with the Tracey and Parmele grocery firm.  He was well known and was a citizen of the highest character, whose whole life was upright and honorable in all things.  

There survive his wife, Mrs. Ursula Tracey Edgett, and five sisters and a brother, Mrs. Lillie Allen and Mrs. Neva Scott, both at Ferguson's Corners, Mrs. Cora Chapman, of Reed Corners, Mrs. Minnie Link of Gorham, and Mrs. Mary Sweickard, of Rochester, and Clarence Edgett of South Bristol.  

The funeral services were held at the home on Monday afternoon. Rev. C. Cleveland Baker pastor of the Presbyterian Church of which the deceased was a member, officiated.  The Knights of the Maccabees, Tent No. 168 of which the deceased was a member attended the services. Interment at Woodlawn. 


Died at his home on 53 Catherine Street from Brights disease and pneumonia. Born at Fergusons Corners 51 years ago. Also employed at Brigham Hall as an attendant. About 1898 he became associated with the W. W. Wilcox Grocery store and later with the Tracey and Parmele grocery firm. When taken ill he was employed at the A. B. Parmele store.    He was survived by five sisters and a brother, Clarence of South Bristol.

                                                   ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  June 8, 1888

James Tracey, aged five years, son of William Tracey on West Gibson Street, fell quite a distance while climbing in a barn last Sunday and fractured his left arm. It was not supposed that the arm was fractured until Monday morning when it was discovered that it had swollen greatly during the night and was exceedingly painful. Dr. Warner was summoned, and with the assistance of Dr. Hollenbeck the fracture was reduced and the little sufferer made as comfortable as possible.


Isaphine Tracey was born 1885.  Listed in 1892 Canandaigua Census as age 7. Isaphine died January 02, 1948 Canandaigua, New York, at 62 years of age.

                                            ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES JOURNAL January 9, 1948  PAGE  8

TRACEY -  At F. F. Thompson Hospital January 2, 1948, Miss Isaphine Tracey. Her body was interred Canandaigua, New York, Woodlawn Cemetery. 


Helen Thompson Tracey   was born Canandaigua, New York March 15, 1887.  Listed in 1892 Canandaigua Census as age 4. Helen died August 30, 1960 in Irondequoit, New York, at 73 years of age.   

                                            ROCHESTER  DEMOCRAT  and CHRONICLE

VANDENBERGH August 30, 1960, Helen T. VanDenbergh of 82 Belmeade Road, Irondequoit.  She is survived by one son, William H. VanDenbergh, three grandchildren.

                    She married Earl Fenton VanDenbergh Canandaigua, New York, February 21, 1912.[iii]  [ii]. Canandaigua City Clerk office record number 1002.

                        ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES  Feb. 21, 1912

                                TRACEY - VANDENBERGH

The residence of Mr. and Mrs. William Tracey, West Gibson Street, will be the scene of a pretty home wedding, when at six o'clock this evening their daughter, Miss Helen Thompson Tracey becomes the wife of Mr. Earl Fenton VanDenbergh, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. J. VanDenbergh, of Victor. The Rev. Guy L. Morrill will perform the ceremony in the presence of the relatives of the bride and groom.

The bride who will wear a gown of white Messaline trimmed with baby Irish lace, will be attended by her sister Isaphine Tracey. The maid of honor will be gowned in pale blue silk. Mr. Chester Parker of Victor will be the best man and Miss Inez Benham will play the wedding march. The young couple after the wedding trip will live in Victor.

                 VICTOR  HERALD  FRONT  PAGE March 1, 1912

                          WEDDING    VANDENBERGH  -  TRACEY

A pretty wedding occurred at 6 o'clock Wednesday evening at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. William Tracey, No. 89 West Gibson Street, Canandaigua, when their daughter Miss Helen Thompson Tracey, was married to Earl Fenton VanDenbergh, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. J. VanDenbergh of this village. Rev. Guy L. Morrill, pastor of the Canandaigua Presbyterian Church, performed the ceremony, in the presence of a number of friends and relatives.

 The bride was attired in white messaline trimmed with baby Irish lace and was attended by her sister, Miss Isaphine Tracey, as maid of honor.  She wore pale blue silk. The best man was Chester Prosser of this town. As the wedding party took their places Miss Inez Benham of Canandaigua, played the Lohengrin wedding march. The house was beautifully decorated with carnations in a color scheme of pink and white.

 After a wedding supper, Mr. and Mrs. VanDenbergh left on an evening train for a honeymoon trip. On their return they will reside here.  The following relatives from this town were among the guests, Mrs. H. J. VanDenbergh, Mrs. D. F. VanDenbergh,  Miss Alta VanDenbergh, Mr. and Mrs. William Maltman, Mr. and Mrs. William Donovan, and Mrs. D. F. VanZile, of Rochester, formerly of this town.

                                   Earl was born January 20, 1888.  The Victor 1900 Census shows his birth year as 1888, in the month of September. Earl was the son of Henry Jenner VanDenbergh and Rosanna Amelia Fenton .  Earl died January 20, 1960 in Irondequoit, New York, at 72 years of age.  

                                                       ROCHESTER  DEMOCRAT  and CHRONICLE

VANDENBERGH Entered into rest, January 20, 1960, Earl F. VanDenbergh of 554 Arnett Blvd..  He is survived by his wife, Helen T. VanDenbergh, one son, William H. VanDenbergh, four sisters, Mrs. Ruth Estes, Mrs. Alta Cuykendall, Mrs. Ruby Kesel, Mrs. Eva Erickson, three grandchildren.  He was a member of Trinity Methodist Church, and Milnor Lodge No. 139, F. and A. M.   Corbett Funeral Home 109 West Avenue. Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Canandaigua, NY.

               At 32 years of age Earl became the father of  William Henry VanDenbergh Rochester, New York, November 15, 1920.

                                                           ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL 

                                                 Friday November 19, 1920 birth announcement. 

VanDenbergh at Rochester, November 15, 1920, to Earl and Helen Tracey VanDenbergh, of Rochester, formerly of Canandaigua, a son.

William E. Jr.3 Tracey  was born Canandaigua, New York November 25, 1876.  William died August 11, 1932 Canandaigua, New York, at 55 years of age.   

              ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  Front Page  August 12, 1932  


Was supposed to be making good recovery from operation, appointed Postmaster in 1930 after long business career. The death of William E. Tracey, postmaster of Canandaigua and long a figure in the business life of the city, occurred at the Memorial hospital shortly before 2 PM Thursday, and came as a decided shock to his associates and many friends. Mr. Tracey underwent an operation for appendicitis Saturday, and was apparently making a good recovery when a cerebral embolism ended his life.

Mr. Tracey was born in Canandaigua 55 years ago, the son of William and Ursula Tracey. He received his education in the public schools and the old Canandaigua Academy and began his business career as bookkeeper in the W. W. Wilcox store. He later formed a partnership with Albert B. Parmele in the grocery business and then opened a store of his own which he continued until June 1931. Upon the death of Postmaster Edwin P. Gardner he was named as acting postmaster and in January, 1930, received the appointment as postmaster.

He was a member of the Merrill Hose Company and was vice president of the Canandaigua Rotary Club, having been acting president for several weeks because of the illness of the president William F. Lewis. He presided at the meeting of the club, last Thursday noon.

Besides his wife, Mr. Tracey is survived by one daughter, Miss Ursula Tracey, four sisters, Misses Katherine and Isaphine Tracey, and Mrs. Helen VanDenbergh of Rochester, and Mrs. Mary Brown of Hopewell, and a brother James Tracey of Buffalo.  

          He married Gertrude L. Phetteplace Macedon, New York, October 10, 1906.  

            ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  Oct 12, 1906

 MARRIED -  At Macedon, Oct. 12, 1906, William Tracey Jr. of Canandaigua, and Miss Gertrude Phetteplace, of Macedon.

                               SAME  PAPER  

                            Tracey - Phetteplace

William Tracey, Jr. and Miss Gertrude L. Phetteplace were married at the home of the bride's father, Edward Phetteplace, at Macedon, on Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock. Mr. and Mrs. Tracey are now in New York City. The groom is a member of the grocery firm of Tracey and Parmele, and his bride has been employed as stenographer in the Lisk office. They will reside at 79 West Gibson Street.

                                    Gertrude was born in Brighton, New York March 06, 1878.  Gertrude was the daughter of Edward R. Phetteplace and Mary Elizabeth Beal .  Gertrude died April 20, 1962 Canandaigua, New York, at 84 years of age.   

             CANANDAIGUA  DAILY  MESSENGER April 20, 1962  

                                MRS.  WILIAM TRACEY  

Mrs. Gertrude L. Tracey, 84, of 40 Gibson Street, died today in Thompson Hospital, where she had been a patient for 10 days.  She was born in Brighton, March 6, 1878, the daughter of the late Edward and Mary Elizabeth Beal Phetteplace She was the widow of William Tracey, Canandaigua postmaster, who died in 1932. She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, the Women's Auxilliary and St. Catherine's Chapter of the church, and the Timely Topics Club.

She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Walter T. Flynn of Canandaigua, three grandchildren, three sisters, Mrs. Harold G. Bacon, Canandaigua, Mrs. John M. Bacon, Camden, NJ, and Mrs. Edwin B. Durfee of Rochester, a brother Frederick R. Phetteplace, Daytona, Fla., two nieces and one nephew. Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery.           

                              ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  Friday October 4, 1929  


At a meeting of the Republican City Committee held on Tuesday, William Tracey, grocer, was endorsed for the appointment of Postmaster to succeed the late E P Gardner. Charles Sackett, chairman sent the name of Mr. Tracey to Congressman Taber for presentation to President Hoover.

It is understood that whatever appointment is made, at this time, will be temporary until examination can be made for a permanent postmaster. It is likely that this will be held within the next months. It is expected that Mr. Tracey will receive the permanent appointment. He had no opposition when the time came to approve a candidate, other aspirants withdrawing from the race.

                 He was appointed Postmaster in Canandaigua in 1930. 

 Eursla Beal4 Tracey was born 1912.  Eursla died November 28, 1978 in Sarasota, Florida, at 66 years of age.   

                                                      ROCHESTER  DEMOCRAT  and CHRONICLE

 CANANDAIGUA    Mrs. Walter Flynn, age 66, formerly of 58 Howell Street, died November 28, in Sarasota, Florida.

She is survived by one son, Thomas T. Flynn, of Rittman, Ohio, 2 daughters, Mrs. Arthur Barbara Emeneau of Winchester, Mass., and Mrs. Hanon Katherine Russell of Milford, Conn., 5 grandchildren.  Burial Woodlawn Cemetery.  

                  She married Walter T. Flynn . Walter was born January 14, 1911.  Walter was the son of Thomas Francis Flynn and Kathryn E. Touhey .  Walter died June 08, 1969 at 58 years of age.   

                                                  CANANDAIGUA DAILY MESSENGER June 10, 1969

                                                          OBITUARY -    Walter T. Flynn

A private Funeral service for Walter T. Flynn, 58, of 58 Howell Street, will be held at the Kennedy and Son Funeral Home. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mr. Flynn died Sunday in Thompson Hospital.  Survivors are his widow, Ursula Tracey Flynn, two daughters, Mrs. Arthur Barbara Emeneau of Melrose, Mass., and Miss Katherine C. Flynn of Canandaigua, a son, Thomas T. Flynn of Lakewood, Ohio, and a sister, Miss Mary L. Flynn, of San Francisco.  

Sitton Tremain    He married Azuba Harrington November 1810. 

                             ONTARIO REPOSITORY  November 20, 1810.

 Johannah Tremain was born Egremont, Mass 1775.  Johannah died December 28, 1860 South Bristol, New York, at 85 years of age. 

                                ONTARIO REPUBLICAN TIMES  

                    Johanna Ingraham, age 85, South Bristol, December 28, 1860. 

                           ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL  Friday February 27, 1903

BRISTOL  SPRINGS -  John Ricketson died at his home in this place on February 19. In April last he suffered a severe stroke of paralysis from which he never fully recovered.  He was able to walk about and do some light work.  Mr. Ricketson was born in Dutchess County in July 1839, and came to this town with his widowed mother when about 16 years of age.

Soon after, he settled upon the farm where he had resided until recently. He had served the town as justice of the peace for several years, and resigned that office after the severe illness which overtook him the past season. He was supervisor for two terms during the eighties. The deceased was a member of the Society of Friends, and although like the sect to which he belonged, he was not demonstrative, his quiet and abiding faith in a Higher Power was evident to those who associated with him.  He had been a member of Canandaigua Lodge No. 294, F and A M, for many years. As a citizen, a public benefactor, and a kind and sympathetic neighbor, he will be sadly missed in this community.

A wife and one son, Henry Ricketson, and two daughters, Mrs. O. B. Roper, of East Bloomfield, and Mrs. W. C. Hemenway, of this place, survive him.    The funeral was held at the church on Saturday, Rev. Peter McKenzie officiating. The attendance was large and included life long acquaintances from this and surrounding towns. The interment was in the Coye Cemetery. 

 Gladys M. Turner   was born 1903.  Gladys died 1970 at 67 years of age.  Her body was interred 1970 Victor, New York, St. Patrick's Cemetery.

        She married John Howard Ryan Victor, New York, November 25, 1929.   

              THE  VICTOR  HERALD  Friday November 29, 1929  Front Page


Miss Gladys Turner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Turner, and Howard Ryan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Ryan, were united in marriage at St. Patrick's Church in this village at eight o'clock, Monday morning, November 25th, Rev. J. W. E. Kelley officiating. 

The bride was gowned in brown chiffon with hat to match and carried a bouquet of bronze chrysanthemums. Her sister, Miss Crystal Turner, who acted as bridesmaid, wore a green chiffon with hat to match and carried pink chrysantemums.   A wedding breakfast was served to the members of the two families at the Green Lantern Inn in Fairport.  Mr. and Mrs. Ryan left for a trip to Detroit, and upon their return they will live in Rochester.

                       She married Thomas Grover Coffee 1910.   Thomas was born Eddystone, Ontario, Canada January 22, 1885.  Thomas was the son of Alexander Coffee and Mary Eddy .  He married Pearl Kelsey 1950.  Thomas died July 02, 1958 Fairport, NY, at 73 years of age. 

                                      Thomas G. Coffee, Former Resident North Bloomfield, Dies Unexpectedly

A former resident of North Bloomfield for many years, was summoned to rest unexpectedly on Wednesday of last week, July 2, 1958, when Thomas G. Coffee suffered a fatal heart attack in his yard at 1839 Turk Hill Road, Fairport.  The 72 year old man was working among his garden flowers when the end came. 

Mr. Coffee was a brother of Mrs. Horace F. Chambers of Ideson Road, North Bloomfield, who survives with other family members.  Last rites for the deceased were held Saturday morning in the Emery Funeral Home, Fairport, and interment was made in White Haven Memorial Park.  A Masonic service was held in his honor on Friday evening.

Born in Eddystone, Ontario Canada, to Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Coffee, he was one of a family of three daughters, and five sons.  The Coffees located in North Bloomfield while their children were young, and continued to live there as the girls and boys matured and established families of their own. 

One sister, Mrs. Chambers of the local neighborhood, and three brothers, William, Fred, and Roscoe, all of Rochester, remain.  A graduate of Syracuse University, Mr. Coffee was a successful teacher for many years in Livingston and Herkimer counties before locating in Rochester.

He was a superintendent of schools for 26 years, retiring in 1951. Known as an able educator, he was recalled to the teaching field to serve for a year as instructor in business administration at St. John Fisher College, but ill health caused his retirement months ago.  Interested in many public activities, Mr. Coffee was deacon leader in Raymond Baptist Church where he taught the Men's Class. He was a past Master of Fairport Masonic Lodge, and had keen interest in civic and public affairs.

 Surviving with the wife, are five daughters, the three brothers, nine grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.                

                    Newspaper editorial published c. July 10, 1958 upon the death of Thomas Coffee:

A Cause for Mourning -   The community lost one of its finest citizens last week as Thomas G. Coffee completed his span on earth; a span filled with both triumphs and heartaches and a life dedicated to the welfare of this town.

Tom Coffee will be remembered for many things as he was a man of many parts. As an educator, he was a devoted servant of young people. Many students determined to "chuck it all and go to work" were deterred by the friendly counsel and interest of Tom Coffee, teacher and school superintendent. The successes of many of these young people in after life was always a source of great satisfaction to him.

Tom was democratic by nature and Democratic by conviction. A keen student of politics, he was a firm believer in fair play and the occasional new broom. Tom's personal effort and door to door canvass made possible the election of the Citizen-Democratic party in the last mayoralty election. Citizens of all political faiths had confidence in his judgments and the accuracy of his facts. The conduct of affairs by the present village administration is a worthy confirmation of the convictions he so ably sold.

But perhaps the greatest attribute was in his role as ordinary citizen, as husband and father, and friend and fellow villager. Tom served on anything he was asked to and discharged his tasks without fanfare. Even in adversity, he never lost his priceless sense of humor, nor bore he malice for anyone. He had a philosophy of life that all should strive to emulate. Optimistic, sprightly and devoted, he lived his life to the fullest, making friends wherever he went.

The community will long mourn Tom Coffee. As the kids he loved so well would say, he indeed was "the greatest". 

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