Cecil F. Coffman, 87, jockey, racehorse trainer

August 04, 2005

Cecil F. Coffman, a former jockey who owned and trained several thoroughbred horses, died of lung disease July 28 at Longview Nursing Home in Manchester. The longtime Hampstead resident was 87.

Mr. Coffman was born and raised in Cumberland, and at 14 left home to work as a jockey in West Virginia. After riding professionally for eight years, he became an exercise rider and trainer at Alfred G. Vanderbilt's Sagamore Farm in Glyndon, where among other horses he exercised was Native Dancer, winner of the Preakness, Belmont and Travers stakes.

Until retiring in 1991, Mr. Coffman worked for 50 years at Maryland racetracks as a ticket seller.

His wife of 66 years, the former Dorothy Kirchenbauer, died in 2003.

Services were Saturday.

Surviving are three daughters, Joyce Feustle of Hampstead, Judy Arnold of Westminster and Terry Mitchell of Manchester; a sister, Charlotte Hutton of Olmsted, Ohio; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

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