Walter Coakley

Walter Basil "Basil" Coakley

1924 - 2019
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Walter Basil Coakley, of Havre de Grace, MD, passed away on November 11, 2019. He was 95.
Mr. Coakley was born in Havre de Grace, MD, to Walter Ruley Coakley and Pauline Cook Coakley. He was the devoted husband of the late Betty Jane Jackson Coakley, loving father of Barbara Jo Coakley, Betsey Lynn Coakley, Laura Lea Coakley Nori, and Nancy Lyle Coakley Snodgrass and her husband William, grandfather of David Starr, Christopher Starr, the late William Bradley Snodgrass, Sarah Saccoccio, Jennifer Johnson and Melissa McLaughlin, and great-grandfather of 5 great-grandchildren. He was also predeceased by his sister Jane Rouzer and son-in-law William Nori.
Mr. Coakley served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of the American Legion Post 47, The Havre de Grace Elks Lodge, the C&P Telephone Company Pioneers and the Susquehanna Hose Company. He enjoyed sailing, hunting, crabbing, and golf. He was also fond of his many dogs throughout his lifetime.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, November 18, 2019, at 11:00 AM, at Zellman Funeral Home, P.A., 123 S. Washington St., Havre de Grace, MD. Interment will be at Angel Hill Cemetery.
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  • Service

    Monday, November 18th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Monday, November 18th, 2019 11:00am
    Zellman Funeral Home, P.A.
    123 South Washington Street
    HAVRE DE GRACE, MD 21078
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Mark Specht
  • Interment

    Angel Hill Cemetery
    Ohio Street and Ontario Street Ext
    HAVRE DE GRACE, MD 21078
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Juanita Barker

Posted at 12:02am
Basil was one of the telephone company family when it was a family before the breakup. My name being Juanita Basil used to call me Juniata because he knew I hated it. He could be bad like that. Tormenting. But as my daddy, Hank Gordy once told me it’s when they stop picking us when to worry. That means you don’t matter anymore. RIP Basil. You will be missed. Say hi to my dad

Lindsay Weber

Posted at 08:13pm
I've known Basil nearly 50 years! I'll always remember him most from seeing him walk his beloved dogs around town. Rest in peace, Basil, rest in peace.

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