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Whitney V. Coffin of Kennebunk, Maine, died following a brief illness on March 30, 2017, in Delray Beach, Fla., at the age of 75.
Whit is survived by his wife, Joyce Stobo; sons, Whitney Jr. and wife, Jennifer of Methuen, Mass., Douglas and wife, Melanie of Danvers, Mass., and Kenneth and wife, Stacy of South Berwick, Maine; daughter, Cheryl of Carlsbad, Calif.; devoted sister, Jane Rimer, and nephew, Barrie Rimer of Merrimac, Mass.; and his five loving grandchildren, Ryan Reed and Emily Coffin, Cali and Emma Coffin, and Everleigh Coffin; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his loving parents, Vir and Helena (Swindell) Coffin of Danvers, Mass.
Whit was born on August 4, 1941, in Salem and grew up in Middleton. After graduating from Salem High School, he attended Merrimack College graduating in 1963. Whit married Diane (Gagne) Coffin in 1965, raising sons, Whitney Jr. and Douglas, in Peabody and Danvers. He married again in 1989 to Joyce Stobo, raising Kenneth and Cheryl in Beverly and Kennebunk. After graduation Whit joined the Army National Guard, serving until 1969, and went to work for John Hancock Life Insurance in Boston, Mass., where he worked his entire career in meeting management, traveling the country and the world, until retiring at age 58. He then moved to Kennebunk where he applied his business skills through volunteer work with the Seashore Trolley Museum, both conducting trolley trips and actively assisting with fundraising efforts to further the museum’s mission. Whit was a lifelong boater; fishing and spending time with family on the water were one of his main enjoyments and instilling in his children a love of boats and the outdoors. A true jack of all trades, there was not a household renovation or automotive problem he couldn’t find his way through, culminating in overseeing the construction of his home in Kennebunk. An avid reader and always curious, Whit worked for a time as a toll taker on the Maine Turnpike, grilling truckers about their cargo and final destination. For the past few years Whit and Joyce enjoyed the snowbird life, wintering in Delray Beach, Fla., while summering in Kennebunk.
A Celebration of Life service is planned for 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at South Congregational Church, 2 North St., Kennebunkport, ME 04046. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Whit’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Seashore Trolley Museum at Seashore Trolley Museum, P.O. Box A, Kennebunkport, ME 04046-1690.
Published on  April 6, 2017
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