It was with great sadness that Westport United FC heard of the passing of former footballer, John Coffey.
John Coffey was considered to be one of the most feared and admired holding midfielders of his generation in a playing career for the Red and Black that spanned from 1966 to 1990, winning multiple honours including two Connaught Cup titles and John was the last member of the famous FAI Junior Cup semi final squad of 1968-69 to be still playing for Westport United at the time of his retirement as player-manager. Westport United, deservedly is known as a side with smooth, silky skills over the years, but John complimented this with his tough steely style of play on the pitch, giving 90 minutes of Herculean performances to drive his team. While John was a tough warrior on the pitch, off the pitch, John was perfect gentleman and was well liked by all and he truly endeared himself to the supporters. John passed the Westport United torch to his three children, all of whom were involved in the club in some capacity.
Westport United FC and its members share their deepest condolences with his wife Anne, daughter Michelle, sons Brian and Ian, son-in-law John (Smith), grandchildren Paul, Anna, Leah, Medb, Emma, Lucy, Oscar, Albie and Arlo, sister Yvonne (Ward) and brother Liam, nephews, nieces, relatives, friends and neighbours.
Funeral Mass on Friday, July 2nd, at 11am in St. Mary's Church, Westport. Mass will be live streamed on www.churchtv.ie/westport. Cremation will take place on Saturday July 3rd at 1.45pm in Victorian Chapel Mount Jerome Crematorium, Dublin. Service will be live streamed on www.vimeo.com/event/153499. May John's gentle soul Rest In Peace.