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Point Reyes Light -September 4, 2003

Robert Coffin, 77, lived for Stinson
By Larken Bradley

Robert L. Coffin, a retired UC Berkeley electronics technician, died Tuesday, August 19, of complications from cancer. He was 77.

A lifelong Stinson Beach weekender, for the last 13 years he lived fulltime in a quaint cottage built by relatives in 1916, located up the hill from Beckers’ grocery store. Known as a loner who kept to himself, in the community Mr. Coffin was more often seen than heard.

Born in Oakland on August 1, 1926, as a young man he joined the US Navy where he received training in electronics. At the end of his military stint he studied at UC Berkeley, eventually going to work for the university where he helped maintain laboratory equipment for more than 30 years.

Remembered for his analytical mind and curiosity about how things worked, he was "passionate about math and physics," his son, Robert Coffin, recalled this week.

Mr. Coffin’s first marriage ended in divorce. He was predeceased by his second wife.

He is survived by his sons, Robert Coffin of Hayward; Stephen Coffin of Oakland; and Richard Coffin of Sweethome, Oregon; daughter, Laurie Coffin of Reno, Nevada; sister, Mary Louise Wolthuis of Florida; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a niece.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, at Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave., Piedmont.

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