Sunday, August 14 2022

Edward Seabury’s Coffin

Edward Seabury Coffin 1932 – 2021 AUGUSTA – Edward Seabury Coffin moved on to the next leg of his journey on Sunday, September 19, 2021. After a valiant battle with cancer, he passed away peacefully at his home on Cony Road in Augusta in the presence of loved ones. Edward was born in Freeport on February 18, 1932 to James “Ned” Coffin and Carlene Edith Davis. He was educated at the schools of Freeport and Pownal. When he expressed a desire to study engineering, some questioned his abilities in math and science. Ed has always appreciated “skeptics” throughout his life because they have cultivated his “just watch me” attitude. Ed graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in civil engineering in 1954. He married his first wife, Delores (Lolly) Dumais, and settled on Cony Road to raise his family. He was employed by the State Highway Commission (MDOT) for a few months when he enlisted in the United States Army. Returning in 1957 to work for the State of Maine, he became a resident engineer, designer of bridge structures and software creator. In 1973 he left government employment to start Coffin Engineering & Surveying. He had grown used to being told failure was imminent, but the business continued to grow. They invest in computers and use color in their designs very early on. He was pretty proud of it – not just the eight Crayola colors, but a “zillion shades”. Due to a bit of serendipity and all that needed to be done, his company developed a substantial working relationship with MBNA in Camden, Maine. This opportunity has given them many years of incredibly interesting and diverse engineering projects. Ed was also involved with another commercial enterprise creating software for surveyors, Coffin Advanced Technologies. Ed married his second wife, May Ross, in 2005. Coach Coffin loved high school basketball, especially the intensity of junior high school. He was known to travel many miles (Downeast to County) to attend a desired contest. Ed was a prolific writer on Maine Basketball Report under the name “Geezil”. He coached youth league basketball for decades, involved in the game until the age of 72. He was an IAABO basketball referee. Ed’s favorite season was high school basketball tournament season. For many, many years, you could count on Ed, in his bright yellow jacket, sitting in the same seat in the stands of the Augusta Civic Center. He actually received his own dedicated seat in the grandstand bearing the inscription “Coach Coffin”. Ed has also coached baseball and softball in Augusta East for many years. He was a founding member of CARA (Capitol Area Recreation Association), providing ongoing technical, design and engineering services. Not surprisingly, Ed was a founding member of the Kennebec Valley Sports Hall of Fame. Ed was elected to Augusta City Council and served two terms, from 2006 to 2011. He decided not to run for a third term because the department prevented him from attending the aforementioned February high school tournaments! Over the years, Ed has received many prestigious awards and honors. In 2006, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce. He was president of the Maine Land Surveyors Association and was named Maine Surveyor of the Year in 1999. He served on the board of directors of the University of Maine Alumni Association. He was also a member of the following organizations: American Society of Engineers; Society of Land Surveyors of Maine; Genealogical Society of New England; Genealogical Society of Maine; Kennebec Historical Society; and the Freeport Historical Society (2018 Volunteer of the Year). Ed Coffin’s intellect, energy and curiosity were a true inspiration. He played guitar and sang classics like Hank Snow. He liked heated political discussions. Ed was a published author and researcher. His works include “Descendants of Abner Coffin and Mary Rawlins”, “The Early Freeport Settlers” and “The Early Harpswell Settlers”. He was also the creator of many historical period maps involving Freeport, Pownal, and Harpswell. Ed was a much sought-after speaker on these topics. Ed Coffin was predeceased by his parents; his siblings, Fred James Coffin and Carol Diane Fogg; his first wife, Lolly; and his granddaughter, Mary Coffin. He is survived by his wife, May Ross Coffin; his sons Kent of Rochester, NH, Kane of Pittston, Kerry (Wanda) of Concord, NH and James (Jennifer) Coffin of Farmingdale, and daughter, Luanne Collins of Augusta; her stepson, Rick (Lauren) Ross of Waterville, and her stepdaughters Julie (Mark) O’Brien, Anita (Mike) Hopkins and Heather (Keith) Priest, all of Augusta. He is also survived by several grandchildren, step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. As Coach Coffin would say, “good things happen when you persist and believe”. The family would like to express their deep gratitude to Lynn, Sherry, Karen, Katie and Brandi who have provided so much comfort and care in recent months. Family and friends can visit from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 26 at Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta, ME. A Christian Burial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Monday, September 27 at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Western Ave., Augusta, ME. Interment will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 28 at Woodlawn Cemetery, Freeport, ME. Condolences, stories and photos can be shared at If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Capitol Area Recreation Association PO Box 5275 Augusta, ME 04332-5275 or: Augusta Food Bank 161 Mt. Vernon Ave. Augusta, ME 04330

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