Mason Hopwood Coakley, 63, appliance salesman

February 06, 2003

Mason Hopwood Coakley, a retired General Electric Co. salesman, died of a brain tumor Friday at his Annapolis home. He was 63.

Mr. Coakley, who was known as "Hoppy," was born and raised in LaPlata. After graduating from LaPlata High School in 1957, he enlisted in the Navy. He earned a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Maryland, College Park.

He joined General Electric as a commercial appliance salesman in 1960. He retired in 1986 after learning he had multiple sclerosis.

He was a University of Maryland basketball and football fan.

Mr. Coakley's marriage to the former Pamela Shephard ended in divorce.

Mr. Coakley was a communicant of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Crownsville Road and Generals Highway in Crownsville, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today.

Survivors include a son, Jon Coakley of Ellicott City; a daughter, Heather Demers of Columbia; two brothers, Gene W. Coakley of Hot Springs, Ark., and Peter W. Coakley of Crofton; his stepmother, Marcella Coakley of Redondo Beach, Calif.; and five grandchildren.

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