Joseph Mundell Coffey died on July 28 in Washington, D.C. He was 68.

He was a fifth-generation Washingtonian and the beloved youngest son of the distinguished and admired Coffey family. He attended Our Lady of Victory School, Georgetown Preparatory School and Georgetown University.

Joe was equally at home on Martha’s Vineyard, where he had also resided for the past 30 years. He was a treasured neighbor on East Melrose and Morse streets. In both places, he could be found napping on his front porch, doing a crossword puzzle, and in recent years, reading to his grandchildren.

He was a member of the Chevy Chase Club, Edgartown Yacht Club and Edgartown Golf Club. His golf games and fishing expeditions were an excuse for camaraderie and conversation with friends and family. Golf scores and numbers of fish caught will be forever lost to the indelible memories of his unfailing sense of humor and inquisitive nature.

Joe was a humble comedian with impeccable timing. He loved a good story of his own telling or as an enthusiastic listener. He was sentimental, nostalgic and gave funny and meaningful toasts. He loved facts and trivia and wrote in to the editors of many newspapers to share his opinions and mostly contrasting views.

He was warmly welcoming to old friends and newcomers alike. He loved to entertain even though he slipped away to bed long before any party ever ended. He was a true companion and steadfast in sustaining the lifelong relationships he held so dear. Authentic and honest, he was respectful and gentlemanly in all his interactions.

Above all, Joe was a devoted, loyal and cherished husband, father and grandfather. The sudden loss of him is as immeasurable as the love he has left behind.

He is survived by his four children, Rory, Sam, Bennett and Max and their families, including grandchildren Charlie, August, Johnny and Lennox. He will be remembered for his eternal love and ardent devotion to his wife of 43 years, Morgan O’Brien Coffey.

He was the anchor of his large extended family, which includes his brother and sisters, in laws and their families. He also leaves behind a legion of faithful friends.

A memorial to celebrate his life will be announced at a later date.