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Frank Edward Coffey of Atlanta died after an extended illness on August 6, 2017. He is survived by his loving wife, Rose, and daughter, Anne, cousins in North Carolina, and numerous friends in Atlanta.

Frank was born in Asheville, North Carolina on July 4, 1953 to Ernest and Ula Coffey. He grew up in Doraville, GA and graduated from Sequoyah High School with a joint degree from Dekalb College. He entered Georgia Tech in 1971 and graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering In 1977. He was active in his fraternity Tau Kappa Epsilon, serving as Social Chairman. After graduation, he ran his own building services for many years in Atlanta. His parents and his younger sister, Anne, preceded him in death. He was interred in his family plot at Union Presbyterian Church cemetery in Gastonia, NC, after a family service. A celebration of Frank's life will be held on Sunday, September 10, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Ziba's Restaurant at 560 Boulevard in the Grant Park neighborhood. All who knew and loved Frank are invited to attend. A college fund has been established for Anne. Anyone wanting to contribute can go to . Images and other memories of Frank can be found at .


Go placidly amid the noise and haste,

and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible without surrender

be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly;

and listen to others,

even the dull and the ignorant;

they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,

they are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,

you may become vain and bitter;

for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;

it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs;

for the world is full of trickery.

But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;

many persons strive for high ideals;

and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.

Especially, do not feign affection.

Neither be cynical about love;

for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment

it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,

gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.

But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.

Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,

be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,

no less than the trees and the stars;

you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you,

no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,

whatever you conceive Him to be,

and whatever your labors and aspirations,

in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,

it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann