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Peter S. Coffrin

August 6, 2020

Obituary

Peter S. Coffrin 

Peter Starbuck Coffrin, 73, passed away suddenly on August 6, 2020 while with his wife of 30 years, Sue Coffrin. Peter was born in Ithaca, NY in 1947 and spent his life passing between New York, Vermont, and the greater world.

Peter had a tireless thirst for knowledge that he carried with him from his graduation from the time he graduated the Hinckley School, going on to earn a BA in International Studies at the University of Vermont where he spent time as a foreign student of Doshisha University in Kyoto Japan. He later earned his MA in International Economics from the University of Chicago. Peter continually kept abreast of news, world affairs and was an avid reader.

A fluent Japanese speaker, Peter spent several years in Japan as both a student and instructor. He brought his passion for Japanese language and culture back to the United States, becoming a founding member in and the first President of the Japan Society of Vermont in 1983. 

Throughout his life, Peter was always on the go. His passion for adventure and travel was established early through infamous Coffrin family roadtrips driving across the country and grew throughout his time abroad. He was stationed in Germany during his military service and enjoyed frequent vacations and business trips to Europe and throughout the U.S. over the years. A meticulous planner, his frequent trips always included detailed accounting of local history, culture, and local attractions; his itineraries were full of endless things to do and most notably he could tell you the best restaurant in any city in America.

Peter was very proud of his family and enjoyed their happiness and success. They will deeply miss him and his love, his affection and his signature grin. Peter leaves his sons Nikolas (Catlin), Daniel, William, Alexander and stepson Tanner Howe. He also leaves his beloved granddaughters Emelia and Dylan as well as his brothers Albert/Buddy (Deb) and James (Jill) and sister Nancy (Mike) Furlong, his cousins Katharine and Jonathan (Tia) MacCornack, his mother-in-law Kathryn Sloan and his brother in law Steve (Julie) Sloan and their family.

In lieu of flowers, please direct any donations to the Japan Society of America on Peter’s behalf so that they may continue to foster a love and appreciation for travel in future generations.

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