Paddy Coffey

Date of Passing:

August 20, 2022

Paddy Coffey, 86, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday August 20, 2022, at Grace Barker Nursing Home in Warren.

She is survived by her adoring and beloved husband of 64 years, Jerry Coffey. Besides her husband, she is also survived by her daughter Maura (husband Jim Lamonde), her son John (partner Chris Malpass) and daughter Megan (husband Charles Gumkowski). Her precious grandchildren Wyatt, Sean, Aislinn, Molly, Emma, Matthew, the late Seamus, and cherished great grandchildren Brayden, McKenleigh, Charlotte, Lila, and Levi.

She is predeceased by her parents Pete & Molly O’Grady and sisters Ann O’Brien & Eileen McGinn.

Born and raised in Barrington, RI, Paddy spent 38 years as a resident of Touisset, Warren and enjoyed her winter home of over 20 years at Kelly Greens, Ft. Myers, FL. She was a graduate of St. Mary’s Academy Bay View, class of 1954. Her first job was in the office of Dr. James McCaffery on the East Side of Providence. In 1958, she helped her husband start his tennis court construction business, JG Coffey Co. She was the one that talked to customers, made sure all the office work was done, as well as ensured everything ran smoothly each day.

Paddy was an avid tennis player, artist, and golfer. She loved painting and created beautiful artwork and her green thumb created a beautiful landscape at her homes in Touisset and Barrington. She and Jerry were members of the Ida Lewis Yacht Club and spent many years sailing their boat Coffey Break on Narragansett Bay and coastal New England. Their daughter Megan joined them each year for the annual summer cruises. Over the years, they sailed to south Long Island and as far north as Maine. She was a member of the Touisset Point Community Club, The University Club and Kelly Greens Golf & Country Club. In later years she was a tour guide at the John Brown House in Providence.

Paddy valued her faith greatly and even when away, Jerry made sure he found a mass they could attend, even if it meant hitching a ride from a stranger.

Her love of life and giving spirit will be missed by all who knew her.

The family would like to thank the nurses, staff and volunteers of Grace Barker Health, The Willows and Continuum Hospice & Palliative Care of RI for their dedication and support.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Calling Hours in the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside on Wednesday August 31, 2022 from 4-6 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday September 1, 2022 in St. Luke Church, Washington Road, Barrington at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Alzheimer’s Association of Rhode Island or Continuum Hospice & Palliative Care of Rhode Island.

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13 Comments

  1. Thourgh the years,as Paddy and I got to know each other we became more than client and hairdresser. We shared our ups and downs and everything in between . At times even a tear or two. She always had a joke for me and I enjoyed knowing her and considered it a plus in my life. Reading her obit brought .an ache to my heart ……my sympathy to you and yours…RINDY REGO

  2. Jerry,Maura,John and Meghan I am truly saddened by the passing of such a beautiful lady, inside and out. So many fond memories of all The O’Gradys growing up. My mom brought Eileen and Paddy to Bay View everyday and we’re neighbors for many yrs in Barrington. Love and condolences to all Debbie Colangelo Colasanti

  3. To the Coffee family, our condolences and prayers go out to your family during this time of bereavement on the loss of someone so special as Paddy.Although she is gone from this earth, she will remain foreven in the hearts of those friends and family that loved her . Shelly and Tony Ferraro

  4. Paddy’s was a life well lived and enjoyed by her and those she gave joy to. Condolences to all the Coffey family.

  5. We would like to express our heartfelt condolence to Jerry and his family upon the passing of Paddy. Paddy was a happy, active resident of our Touisset community for many years. May she rest in peace.

  6. Paddy was a friend from the moment I met her just after moving in to our new home on Leonard St in Touisset Point in 1973. She was generous with her time and enthusiastically gave of herself. I am sad to learn of her passing. My sincere condolences to Jerry, Maura, John and Megan.

  7. Paddy always opened her heart and beautiful home to all. Her loving spirit and generous way of welcoming friends, and many teenagers into her warm kitchen, feeding them all, was a costant event. Paddy was a person who loved life and always brought a smile to all who knew her. Gods Peace to Paddy and her loving family.

  8. I met Paddy when I started a new job working for a Optometrist on the East Side in Providence, R.I.when I was 17 years old. Saw her walking by my window quite a few times with her friend Jean.
    I finally on purpose ran into them on their lunch walks! After that the three of us became friends forever!
    I loved her like she was my sister!
    Many years of happiness with our families were very special! Now she has found her rest in heaven! ❤️🙏

  9. our love and prayers are with the family Larry and I loved our Paddy. She was a special lady

  10. Please accept my sincere condolences.
    I use to babysit for her children. Paddy were wonderful person.
    May God give you peace at this time.

  11. We were classmates and friends at Bayview . May she Rest In Peace .
    Eleanor Hardy, Boynton Beach,Florida

  12. What a beautiful and classic lady! So kind and a wonderful wife and mother ❤️❤️🙏🙏

  13. My family was deeply saddened for her and will keep her in our prayers as well as her family

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