Mr. Coffey )
Patrick Joseph Coffey excelled in sports at Detroit Catholic schools, and returned to his roots, volunteering as a youth coach for 40 years. He also was named to the Catholic League Hall of Fame for his work as a high school basketball and football referee.
Coffey led boys basketball teams at Holy Name of Jesus, and football and basketball teams at St. Martin’s and Our Lady of Good Counsel. He also coached Little League baseball for the Grosse Pointe district.
Mr. Coffey died Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. He was 78.
“He will be remembered by us, and by scores of student athletes, as a great mentor,” said Vic Michaels, the Archdiocese of Detroit’s commissioner of the Detroit Catholic High School League.
Mr. Coffey also was a newspaper printer at The Detroit News, and a member of Detroit Typographical Union No. 18. He also served two years in the U.S. Army at a Texas base as a military policeman.
While attending school, he played sports at St. Martin’s Elementary and St. Cecilia High School. He also was a Michigan High School Athletic Association football and basketball referee.
He is survived by his wife, Jeannette, his son, Michael, his daughter, Christine White (Joseph), two grandchildren, and sisters Kathleen Sutak and Carol Whitmore.
His family expressed gratitude for the compassion and care provided at Bortz Health Care of Warren, and on behalf of St. John Providence Health System/Reverence Home Health & Hospice.
Visitation is 2-9 p.m. Friday at Verheyden Funeral Home, 16300 Mack, Grosse Pointe Park. Mass will be celebrated at noon Jan. 25 at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lake Shore, Grosse Pointe Farms.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Sacred Heart Major Seminary, 2701 Chicago Blvd., Detroit, MI 48206.