Norman F. Coonley, 91, passed away Wednesday, December 9, 2015, at Ellis Hospital. He was predeceased in February of 2015, by his beloved wife of 65 years, Rae. He was also predeceased by a son, Timothy Coonley and his sisters, Lois Bishop and Bess Masson.
He is survived by his children, Craig Coonley (Joyce), Gary, Anne and Jim Coonley; his brother, Ken Coonley as well as many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, close friends and neighbors.
Norm served his country in the Army Airforce during World War II and was Honorably Discharged in 1946.
He worked most of his career in retail/sales including Albany Hardware and Iron, Montgomery Ward and Sears where he was a manager until he retired in 1984.
He was an accomplished handyman, completing projects and repairs on his children’s homes and vehicles as well as his own. He never seemed to be stumped by any challenge he was presented with.
A lover of all sports, Norm played his favorite–baseball, while in the service and in the Old Eastern Semi Pro League where he received several awards, including Most Valuable Player. He became an enthusiastic spectator for his children and grandchildren’s events, attending hundreds of games sitting side by side with Rae.
He and Rae also enjoyed sitting together around the fire at their Adirondack camp, happily entertaining grandchildren, family and friends.
Norm’s family would like to sincerely thank the Kingsway Community for the compassionate care shown to him during his time spent there.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Sarcoma Foundation of America online at www.curesarcoma.org.