O’Coffey, Frank L. (1876-after 1935)

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1911, Part 2, page 986

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1911, Part 2, page 986

Frank L. O’Coffey was an insurance agent and real estate broker. He lived at 1893 Beach Avenue in 1911.

Frank L. O’Coffey (whose middle name may have been “Lowry”) was born in Ireland in May 1876. It appears that his father was Jeremiah O’Coffey, and that his mother was Anastatia Lowry.

He came to Canada about 1903. By 1904, he was a real estate broker in Edmonton, Alberta.

The Edmonton Bulletin, December 14, 1904, page 7, http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/newspapers/EDB/1904/12/14/7/

The Edmonton Bulletin, December 14, 1904, page 7, http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/newspapers/EDB/1904/12/14/7/

On April 18, 1906, in Edmonton, Frank married Mary Amanda Dusseault. She was born in Tilbury, Ontario, about December 1883. Her father was Moses Dusseault, who was a building contractor. Her mother was Amanda Lavoie. Frank and Mary travelled to the Pacific coast for their honeymoon, and returned to live in Edmonton.

The Edmonton Bulletin, April 18, 1906, Page 8, http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/newspapers/EDB/1906/04/18/8/

The Edmonton Bulletin, April 18, 1906, Page 8, http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/newspapers/EDB/1906/04/18/8/

 

The Edmonton Bulletin, May 4, 1906, page 8; http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/newspapers/EDB/1906/05/04/8/Ar00804.html [edited image].

The Edmonton Bulletin, May 4, 1906, page 8; http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/newspapers/EDB/1906/05/04/8/Ar00804.html [edited image].

Frank was an investor in a brickyard in St. Albert, Alberta.

The Edmonton Bulletin, June 6, 1907, page 5; http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/newspapers/EDB/1907/06/06/5/.

The Edmonton Bulletin, June 6, 1907, page 5; http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/newspapers/EDB/1907/06/06/5/.

In September 1907, The Edmonton Real Estate Company dissolved its partnership, and the members of the firm besides Frank remained to carry on the business.

Edmonton Bulletin, September 24, 1907, page 2; http://www.ourfutureourpast.ca/newspapr/np_page2.asp?code=N01P0707.JPG

Edmonton Bulletin, September 24, 1907, page 2; http://www.ourfutureourpast.ca/newspapr/np_page2.asp?code=N01P0707.JPG

In 1908, the Edmonton Board of Trade membership list indicated that Frank was in the business of grain and milling in St. Albert.

Edmonton Board of Trade, Membership and by-laws: 1908. [Edmonton]: Journal Job Printing Co, [1908], page 7; http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/bibliography/3167/7.html [edited image].

Edmonton Board of Trade, Membership and by-laws: 1908. [Edmonton]: Journal Job Printing Co, [1908], page 7; http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/bibliography/3167/7.html [edited image].

 By 1910, Frank and Mary were in Vancouver, living on Nicola Street near Robson Street. Frank was in a real estate firm with Gordon A. Campbell. The firm specialized in sales of farm land and townsites along the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway.

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1911, Part 1, page 539

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1911, Part 1, page 539

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1911, Part 1, page 537

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1911, Part 1, page 537

 

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory Part 1, 1911, page 330 (207 West Hastings Street)

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory Part 1, 1911, page 330 (207 West Hastings Street)

In 1911, Frank and Mary were living at 1893 Beach Avenue.

By 1912, Frank re-appeared in the Edmonton directories. He was living at 541 15th Street (under the old Edmonton street numbering system). He was with the real estate firm of Western Brokers.

In 1919, Frank became the temporary secretary of the Edmonton branch of the Overseas Club.

The Edmonton Bulletin, September 25, 1919 (City Edition), page 3; http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/newspapers/EDB/1919/09/25/3/

The Edmonton Bulletin, September 25, 1919 (City Edition), page 3; http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/newspapers/EDB/1919/09/25/3/

Henderson's Edmonton city directory, 1919, page 443; http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/bibliography/2962.13/447.html

Henderson’s Edmonton city directory, 1919, page 443; http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/bibliography/2962.13/447.html

It appears that Frank and Mary continued to live in Alberta. In 1921, they were at 10418 97th Avenue in Edmonton.

It appears that Frank lived for some time in Fort McMurray, Alberta. There is an O’Coffey Crescent in Fort McMurray.

Frank appears to have died before 1945.

Mary appears to have died on November 11, 1955. Further information on Frank is not available.

Frank and Mary had the following children.

 

Desmond J. O’Coffey

Desmond J . O’Coffey was born in Alberta in December 1906.

He worked for Canadian Pacific Rail.

“CP Rail's Centralized Traffic Control console at Medicine Hat has chalked up as many years service as the age difference between two of its many dispatchers over the past half century. Twenty-one-year old Lynne Smith gets ready to flip a switch while Desmond J. O'Coffey, retired CTC operator, watches.” CP Rail News, volume 7, number 13, October 12, 1977, http://www.okthepk.ca/dataCprSiding/cprNews/cpNews20/77101203.htm.

“CP Rail’s Centralized Traffic Control console at Medicine Hat has chalked up as many years service as the age difference between two of its many dispatchers over the past half century. Twenty-one-year old Lynne Smith gets ready to flip a switch while Desmond J. O’Coffey, retired CTC operator, watches.” CP Rail News, volume 7, number 13, October 12, 1977, http://www.okthepk.ca/dataCprSiding/cprNews/cpNews20/77101203.htm.

There is a Desmond J. O’Coffey memorial endowment at Medicine Hat College.

 

Edward Bernard O’Coffey

Edward Bernard O’Coffey was born in Alberta on August 9, 1908.

On December 30, 1961, in Monterey, California, he married Leoma Myrtle O’Coffey. She was born in Minnesota on February 5, 1915.

Leoma died on June 39, 1986, in Monterey, California. He was buried in Garden of Memories Cemetery in Salinas, California.

Edward died on April 30, 1994, in Salinas. He was buried in Garden of Memories Cemetery in Salinas.

 

Joseph Lowry O’Coffey

Joseph Lowry O’Coffey (sometimes called “Lowry”) was born about 1919. He was married to Mary Feniak, who was born in Star, Alberta, on December 16, 1917.

Joseph died in Edmonton, Alberta, on November 27, 1980. He was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Edmonton.

Mary died in Edmonton on November 20, 2004. She was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Edmonton.

 

Patrick Francis O’Coffey

Patrick Francis O’Coffey was born in Alberta about 1920.

He was killed during in Italy on July 28, 1943, while serving with the Canadian military during the Second World War.

 

Sources

 

Frank L [Lowry] O’Coffey

Frank O’Coffey, http://www.chez.com/gencaretal/idx4f0.htm [searched 2008; not available directly in 2016]; Available at Wayback Machine, https://web.archive.org/web/20050221095324/http://www.chez.com/gencaretal/dat1115.htm#24: “O’Coffey, Frank Sexe: Masculin; Francis dit Frank. Parents: Père: O’Coffey, Jeremias; Mère: Lowry, Anastasie; Famille: Mariage: 18 avril 1905 à St-Joachim, Edmonton, Alberta; Conjoint: Dussault, Marie Sexe: Féminin; Naissance : 15 décembre 1882; Décès : 11 novembre 1955; Baptisée Marie-Amanda. Décédée à 73 ans. Parents: Père: Dussault, Moïse Mère: Lavoie, Amanda.”

“Canada Census, 1906,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHV6-W3P : accessed 13 April 2016), Frank O’Coffee, 27D, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/e/e049/e001213199.pdf.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-M5SM : accessed 13 April 2016), F L O Coffey, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661.

1921 Canada Census, Frank L. O’Coffey [indexed as Frank J. O’Coffey]; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 6; Census Place: Edmonton West (Part), Edmonton West, Alberta; Page Number: 17; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

The Catholic Mission: The South of the North Pioneers; Heritage Park; Fort McMurray, Alberta; St. John’s Roman Catholic Separate School; http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/sgc-cms/histoires_de_chez_nous-community_memories/pm_v2.php?id=story_line&lg=English&fl=0&ex=681&sl=5975&pos=1&pf=1: “Frank O’Coffey wrote to Bishop Breynat in Edmonton on 18 October 1934. The purpose of his letter was to discuss creating a separate school district in Fort McMurray. In further letters, O’Coffey suggested that creating this district would be affordable. Bishop Breynat responded favourably. On 28 September 1935, 31 interested ratepayers gathered in McVittie Hall to vote on the creation of a separate school district. With votes 29 for the new school district and 2 against, the Catholic ratepayers agreed on forming the new separate school district. Frank O’Coffey, James O’Hara, and Lina McDonald made up the first Board of Trustees, while Father Chouinard OMI served as Secretary-Treasurer.”

Karl A. Clark, letter to C.J. Knighton, August 1, 1945. Oil Sands Scientist: The Letters of Karl A. Clark, 1920-1949, edited by Mary Clark Sheppard, Edmonton, University of Alberta, 1989 page 373; https://books.google.ca/books?id=m1aoLdQUWsYC&pg=PA484&lpg=PA484&dq=%22O%E2%80%99Coffey%22+alberta&source=bl&ots=eZ7R1dPhsg&sig=jZac_76-YdLaebk_UdfRqe71Nbg&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjxzZCb-ozMAhUFMGMKHeakBSs4FBDoAQg0MAU#v=onepage&q=%22O%E2%80%99Coffey%22%20alberta&f=false: “Frank O’Coffey is dead and buried. His son is running the hotel along with Mrs. O’Coffey.”

 

Patrick James Coffey (possible brother of Frank L. Coffey)

“Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FG2X-P4Y : accessed 13 April 2016), Patrick James Coffey, 15 May 1877; citing Ballybrophy, Queens, Ireland, reference v 13 p 479; FHL microfilm 255,989.

“Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F5TF-796 : accessed 13 April 2016), Patrick James Coffey, 15 May 1877; citing Ballybrophy, Queens, Ireland, reference ; FHL microfilm 255,989.

 

Ellen Mary Coffey (possible sister of Frank L. Coffey)

“Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FGG8-GLM : accessed 13 April 2016), Ellen Mary Coffee, 20 Nov 1880; citing Ballyhophy, Ireland, reference ln 378 ln 37; FHL microfilm 256,066.

“Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F5T2-VYG : accessed 13 April 2016), Jeremiah Coffee in entry for Ellen Mary Coffee, 20 Nov 1880; citing Ballyhophy, BALLYHOOLY,CORK,IRELAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 256,066.

 

Moses Dusseault (father of Mary Amanda Dusseault)

“Canada Census, 1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MVDY-JHP : accessed 13 April 2016), Moses Desult, Tilbury West, Essex, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 45; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13281, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,375,917.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9P-JVWJ : accessed 13 April 2016), Moses Dussault, 1911; citing Census, Edmonton Sub-Districts 62-75, Alberta, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,653.

“Canada Census, 1916,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KM5K-TKV : accessed 13 April 2016), Moses Dussault, Alberta, Canada; citing p. 12, line 29; Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,434,965.

 

Mary Amanda Dusseault (wife of Frank L. O’Coffey)

“Canada Census, 1906,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KHV6-W36 : accessed 13 April 2016), Mary Desseault in household of Moises Dusseault, 27D, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-M5S9 : accessed 13 April 2016), Mary A O Coffey in entry for F L O Coffey, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661.

1921 Canada Census, Maria O’Coffey in household of Frank L. O’Coffey [indexed as Frank J. O’Coffey]; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 6; Census Place: Edmonton West (Part), Edmonton West, Alberta; Page Number: 17; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

“Club de la Radio,” La survivance, February 23, 1955, Page 7, http://peel.library.ualberta.ca/newspapers/LSV/1955/02/23/7/Ad00717.html: “Mme M.A. O’Coffey, 10921 110c ave, Edmonton”

 

Victoria Dusseault (sister of Mary Amanda Dusseault)

“Ontario Births and Baptisms, 1779-1899,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XLRF-LBJ : accessed 13 April 2016), Victoria Dussault, 27 Dec 1887; citing Tilbury East, Kent, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,845,891.

“Ontario Births, 1869-1911,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FMWN-WYF : accessed 13 April 2016), Victoria Dussault, 27 Dec 1887; citing Birth, Tilbury East, Kent, Ontario, Canada, citing Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,845,891.

 

Eugenie Dusseault (sister of Mary Amanda Dusseault)

“Canada Births and Baptisms, 1661-1959,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F2GN-RQS : accessed 13 April 2016), Eugenie Dusseault, 20 Sep 1889; citing Tilbury, Kent, Ontario, 20 Sep 1889, reference cn 16256; FHL microfilm 1,845,896.

 

Desmond J . O’Coffey (son of Frank L. O’Coffey)

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-M5SS : accessed 13 April 2016), Desmond O Coffey in entry for F L O Coffey, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661.

1921 Canada Census, Desmond O’Coffey in household of Frank L. O’Coffey [indexed as Frank J. O’Coffey]; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 6; Census Place: Edmonton West (Part), Edmonton West, Alberta; Page Number: 17; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVLG-4ZS3 : accessed 13 April 2016), Desmond Ocoffey, 1987; Burial, Medicine Hat, Medicine Hat Census Division, Alberta, Canada, Hillside Cemetery; citing record ID 104064101, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=104064101.

Desmond J. O’Coffey memorial endowment at Medicine Hat College: http://www.studyincanada.com/Scholarships/12674/Desmond-J.-OCoffey-Memorial-Endowment.

 

Edward Bernard O’Coffey (son of Frank L. O’Coffey)

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-M5S3 : accessed 13 April 2016), Edward R O Coffey in entry for F L O Coffey, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,661.

1921 Canada Census, Edward O’Coffey in household of Frank L. O’Coffey [indexed as Frank J. O’Coffey]; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 6; Census Place: Edmonton West (Part), Edmonton West, Alberta; Page Number: 17; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

“United States Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XPVW-12G : accessed 14 April 2016), Edward Bernard Joseph O’coffey, 29 Nov 1951; from “Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1954,” database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2010); citing Ship , arrival port Oroville, Washington,, line , NARA microfilm publication Imusawa1917a, roll 082621, NARA record group 85, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.

“United States Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XGTB-B5S : accessed 14 April 2016), Louis Joseph Edward O’coffey, 29 Nov 1951; from “Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1954,” database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2010); citing Ship , arrival port Oroville, Washington,, line , NARA microfilm publication Imusawa1917a, roll 082621, NARA record group 85, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.

“California Death Index, 1940-1997,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VPSL-NSW : accessed 14 April 2016), Edward Bernard Ocoffey, 30 Apr 1994; Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento.

“California Marriage Index, 1960-1985,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V6N5-M7D : accessed 14 April 2016), Edward B Ocoffey and Leoma M Holland, 30 Dec 1961; from “California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985,” database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2007); citing Monterey, California, Center of Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento.

“California Marriage Index, 1960-1985,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V62M-2LV : accessed 14 April 2016), Edward B Ocoffey and Leoma M Leach, 30 Dec 1961; from “California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985,” database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2007); citing Monterey, California, Center of Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento.

“United States Social Security Death Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J1YM-DZ5 : accessed 14 April 2016), Edward B Ocoffey, 30 Apr 1994; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

“United States Public Records, 1970-2009,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QJJ1-R8D3 : accessed 14 April 2016), Edward B Ocoffey, Residence, Salinas, California, United States; a third party aggregator of publicly available information.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVGV-D76T : accessed 14 April 2016), Edward O’Coffey, ; Burial, Salinas, Monterey, California, United States of America, Garden of Memories; citing record ID 124529440, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=124529440.

“United States Census, 1930”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XQ2X-FVS : accessed 14 April 2016), Leoma M Leach in entry for Harrison Leach, 1930.

“United States Social Security Death Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JTQG-B5Q : accessed 14 April 2016), Leoma  Ocoffey, Jun 1986; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

“California Death Index, 1940-1997,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VPMQ-162 : accessed 14 April 2016), Leoma Myrtle Ocoffey, 30 Jun 1986; Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVGV-D76Y : accessed 14 April 2016), Leoma O’Coffey, ; Burial, Salinas, Monterey, California, United States of America, Garden of Memories; citing record ID 124529566, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=124529566.

 

Patrick Francis O’Coffey (son of Frank L. O’Coffey)

1921 Canada Census, Patrick O’Coffey in household of Frank L. O’Coffey [indexed as Frank J. O’Coffey]; Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 6; Census Place: Edmonton West (Part), Edmonton West, Alberta; Page Number: 17; Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013.

Canadian Virtual War Memorial, Patrick Francis O’Coffey; In memory of Lance Corporal Patrick Francis O’Coffey; July 28, 1943; http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/canadian-virtual-war-memorial/detail/2202742: Service Number: M/15971; Force: Army; Unit: Loyal Edmonton Regiment, R.C.I.C.; Cemetery: Agira Canadian War Cemetery , Italy; Grave Reference: C, A, 265.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVKT-H61Y : accessed 13 April 2016), Patrick Francis O’Coffey, 1943; Burial, Agira, Provincia di Enna, Sicilia, Italy, Agira Canadian War Cemetery; citing record ID 56410964, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56410964.

Echoes of the guns: Fort McMurray war heroes, by Becky Benoit, http://www.fortmacconnect.ca/2013/11/echoes-of-the-guns-fort-mcmurray-war-heroes/: “Pat O’Coffey, a born and raised Fort McMurray boy, died bravely in battle in Sicily, attempting to take out a German position with a machine gun.”

“McMurray five rode a boxcar off to war; They played hockey together in winter, swam in the Snye canal in the summer. And when war broke out in Europe, five young friends from Fort McMurray embarked on a trying two-day adventure by train just to enlist.” Edmonton Journal, November 11, 2006; http://www.canada.com/story_print.html?id=a0ae565f-f4af-43e0-9c4e-51dba31d9eb3:

“Patrick O’Coffey, the boy with the tight, curly hair, was Hawkins’s best friend, practically a brother.

“He was the type of guy who was always ready to look out for somebody else, and I think that’s what got him killed,” Hawkins said.

O’Coffey — the only one of the five to be killed in combat — died on July 28, 1943, fighting with the Loyal Eddies as part of a combined Allied force of 160,000 that invaded Sicily.

“From what I understand, a machine gun nest was taking a toll on the group he was with, and he decided to take it on himself and wound up wounded and died.”

He is buried in the Agira Canadian War cemetery in the centre of Sicily. He was the first soldier from Fort McMurray to die in the war.”

 

Joseph Lowry O’Coffey (son of Frank L. O’Coffey)

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVL7-RLRM : accessed 14 April 2016), Joseph Lowry O’COFFEY, 1980; Burial, Edmonton, Edmonton Census Division, Alberta, Canada, Holy Cross Cemetery; citing record ID 88779546, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=88779546.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVL6-1MBD : accessed 14 April 2016), Mary O’Coffey, 2004; Burial, Edmonton, Edmonton Census Division, Alberta, Canada, Holy Cross Cemetery; citing record ID 95478879, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=95478879.

Advertisements