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William J. Coffey
(August 27, 1941 - November 10, 2012)

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William J. Coffey

Coffey, William John (Bill). Died peacefully at home in Newport RI November 10th, 2012 at age 71. Son of Alice V. O'Connor and William J. Coffey, he was raised in Woonsocket, RI.

A graduate of Mount St. Charles Academy, College of the Holy Cross and Georgetown University Law Center, he served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War era, attaining the rank of Lieutenant.

At the time of his death, he was an Adjunct Professor at Roger Williams University's School of Law and a faculty member of the University of Rhode Island's Department of Marine Affairs. Previously, he was President of R.K. Johns & Associates, Inc. a New York City based consulting firm. He also served as Secretary and Counsel to Sea-Land Service, Inc., an international container shipping line. Beginning his career as a transportation advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Bill spent many years advising on maritime, legal, regulatory, public and legislative affairs. For the past 12 years, he was President of Beaufort Maritime Group, a strategic marketing and management consulting firm in Newport where his clients included the General Assembly of the State of Rhode Island. He was also a frequent contributor of Op-Ed articles to the Providence Journal.

A devoted, proud and fun-loving father, grandfather, and godfather, he is survived by his two loving sons, Connor Edward Mulcahy Coffey, his wife Allison Page Coffey and their two children Carter James (CJ) Page Coffey and Catherine Margaret Coffey; Christopher Mulcahy Coffey and his partner Adam Joseph Riff; his former wife and good friend Diane Mulcahy Coffey. Bill also leaves scores of relatives and friends who benefitted from his playful wit, good humor, and many kindnesses. He was a mentor to many, performing countless acts of generosity, touching the hearts of so many. In recent years, he was a constant presence on Bannister's Wharf, where he could frequently be found at his beloved Coffee Grinder with his dear friends Alyssa, Jeff, Rio and Evers. He loved to laugh and prompt others to join. Particularly in the last 5 years, he grew to become a fierce and committed advocate of marriage equality, in spirit, active engagement and financial support.

We will all miss him dearly.

In accordance with his wishes, there will be no funeral service.

Bill would not have wanted flowers but for those who would like to contribute, there are three causes he believed in strongly, and donations in his name to any of these organizations would be welcomed:

Hurricane Sandy Relief (www.nyc.gov/fund) Marriage Equality Rhode Island (www.marriageequalityri.org) Mount St. Charles Academy (www.mountsaintcharles.org)

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