Desmond J. Coffey Jr., 79, of Newville, passed away Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in his home with his family by his side.

He was born Jan. 20, 1942, in Philadelphia, a son of the late Desmond J. Coffey Sr. and Clara D. (Donovan) Coffey.

Desmond retired as a dispatcher for the Carlisle Police Department in 2004. Prior to his employment with the Police Department, Desmond worked for many years in the trucking industry as a dispatcher.

He was a member of the Carlisle Lodge 260 F&AM, and was a former member of Big Spring Lodge 361. He was also a member of the Zembo Shrine, the Harrisburg Consistory, and the Carlisle Elks.

Desmond is survived by his wife of 39 years, Melodie L. (Knaster) Coffey; one son, Desmond J. Coffey III; one daughter, Jill B. Arbeiter; five grandchildren, Zachary and Patrick Coffey, and Philip, Jacob and Rebecca Arbeiter; two brothers, Gerald F. Coffey and Kevin J. Coffey; and seven nieces and nephews.

Desmond loved hunting, fishing and spending time at his place in Clinton County, Pennsylvania.

A visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, June 9, 2021, in the Zembo Shrine, 2801 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg. A masonic service will be held at Noon Wednesday. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to: Shriners Hospital for Children-Philadelphia, Attn: Development Office, 3551 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19140.

The Egger Funeral Home Inc. of Newville is handling the arrangements.

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