Sept. 11, 1931 – Feb. 10, 2013

William J. Coffey, a longtime employee of the U.S. Postal Service, died Sunday in Elderwood at Lakewood nursing home, Hamburg, after a brief illness. He was 81.

Born in South Buffalo, Mr. Coffey moved to West Seneca and graduated from West Seneca High School in 1949.

He served in the Marine Corps from 1952 to 1954 and earned a business degree from Bryant & Stratton Business Institute.

He married Frances H. Hennessy in 1953.

Mr. Coffey then began a career in the Postal Service that spanned more than three decades, working at the William Street facility and other locations throughout Buffalo. He rose from a mail sorter to the acting manager of the Blasdell Post Office before his retirement in 1990.

Known for his red hair and love of all things Irish, Mr. Coffey was a member of many community organizations, including Msgr. Nash Council, Knights of Columbus; Msgr. Toomey Council, Knights of Columbus; Ray Metty Memorial Post 897, AMVETS, where he served as post commander in 2002; and the Newton-Abbott Fire Company.

His wife of 44 years is deceased.

He is survived by two daughters, Jane Dean and Maureen Mohr; and a son, Kevin.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Our Mother of Good Counsel Church, 3688 South Park Ave., Blasdell.