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Joseph Andrew Coen
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  • Hollings Cancer Center
    86 Johnathan Lucas Street, MSC 955
    Charleston, SC 29425

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Thank you for your support. Memories shared by friends and extended family make a huge impact and are greatly appreciated. Please, never hesitate to reach out to Joe's daughters to chat about him. Stories told and laughs shared keep his memory alive.

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“Ahhh Joe! See you in the next life - praying for you and family. Has been quite a while - was about to call you. ”
1 of 20 | Posted by: Bob Hoppe - Scottsdale, AZ

“Joe Coen was a good man and a wonderful father. As a young submarine officer aboard the USS JAMES K. POLK (SSBN 645), the crew could scarcely...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Demetrius (Deek) Cox - Fairhope, AL

“I am very saddened to hear this news. I remember Joey as a child in sound beach. Always a smile to share ”
3 of 20 | Posted by: Marilyn McGurk Campione - NY

“A great classmate and friend from USNA and our early days at Nuc School. God's peace to the family. May the God of all comfort encouragement your...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: A friend

“I am so pained to hear of Joes death. I was a customer of Joes at Merril Lynch and a Rotarian together. Joe's wife Elaine helped me with the Mt...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Scott Heyer - Charleston, SC

“Thank you for sharing the photographs. I haven't seen Joey in years - but he lives large in my memory from the stories shared by Nancy and the times...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Beth baumgartel - Madison, CT

“I was very blessed to know Joe as a fellow employee at DTR Technologies, Honeywell and KBRwyle. We became very good friends over the years. In 2016 I...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Mark Steinberg - Manassas, VA

“Joe was a great classmate, always making us laugh and smile. I will miss his vivacious character and his mischievous grin. --Doug MacKinnon, USNA,...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Doug MacKinnon - Monterey, CA

“I've never forgotten about 15 years ago Joe and I were rolling around Snee Farm on a golf cart Halloween night, helping our kids trick or treat. We...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Michael Andrews - SC - Friend


10 of 20 | Posted by: Beau Evans

“My life is forever changed by knowing Joe. He was my first real boss. From there he became some hybridization of friend, brother, and father. I say...Read More »
11 of 20 | Posted by: Beau Evans - Mount Pleasant, SC

Love you forever Joe, always in our hearts.
12 of 20 | Posted by: Kathy Corradi Gaffney

“Joey and I along with Bill, Jean, Nancy and Tracy spent our youthful Summers down the beach, playing countless hours of whiffle ball and having fun...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Bert Sandstrom - Palm Harbor, FL

“Eight bells have rung. Your watch is over. Rest easy my old friend. You will be missed. My condolences to your family. ”
14 of 20 | Posted by: Captain Howard Hawrey - DeLand, FL

Lt Joe Coen and CDR Bob Barnes, CO USS James K. Polk (SSBN-645) Blue “Joe Coen was a great officer and Shipmate aboard the USS James K Polk (SSBN-645). He always did a great job, and had a fine sense of humor, which...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Bob Barnes - FALLING WATERS, WV

Lt Joe Coen and CDR Bob Barnes (CO USS James K Polk (SSBN-645) Blue
16 of 20 | Posted by: Bob Barnes

“May GOD comfort those family members of Joe.We are so honored to have know this precious one of a kind guy.We cherish all our memories of him and the...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: A friend

“Joe was a kind soul, you loved him moments after meeting him. His eyes always lit up when talking about his kids. He loved them in techni-color. I...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Brian Callahan - Summerville

“He loved to laugh, and that's how we clicked. Thanks for the good times, Joe. I'll miss you. ”
19 of 20 | Posted by: Season Lee - Mount Pleasant, SC

“To Joe's family - He will be missed by all who got to know and respect him. The thing I remember most about Joe was his positive attitude. He...Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: Dan Capron - Concord, NC


Joseph Andrew Coen was born to William Dale Coen and Barbara Coen Quinn on April 8, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York. He passed away comfortably after a yearlong battle with cancer with his three daughters by his side on December 21, 2018, in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

Joe grew up with his four siblings, Nancy, Jean, Bill, and Tracy in Sound Beach, Long Island, New York where he graduated from Rocky Point Junior Senior High School in 1981. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering. Upon graduation, he entered the nuclear power pipeline attending the Navy Nuclear Power School which then culminated in service on the USS James K Polk (SSBN-645) as Officer of the Deck and Engineering Officer of the Watch. Joe chose to resign his commission at the same time POLK finished up her 66th and final Deterrent Patrol in 1991. He finished out his military service as a reservist. Joe deeply valued his service to his country and the camaraderie and relationships he developed with the men and women he served with. Joe went on to have a successful career working for BAE Systems for two decades, transitioned to DRS Technologies, and finally was the Physical Security Subject Matter Expert for Honeywell Technology Solutions. Joe retired in 2017 after being diagnosed with cancer.

Joe raised his family in Mount Pleasant. He was many things in life: a son, a brother, a husband, a musician, a naval officer, an engineer, a golfer, a hunter, an active member of his community and a friend to many. He excelled at them all but the role he truly shined in was as a father. More than anything, Joe relished the time he spent nurturing his three daughters, always taking immense pride in the accomplishments they and their brother achieved. As accomplished as Joe was, he truly enjoyed the simple things in life: excellent company, the camaraderie that comes with the undying commitment he showed towards his friends, good music, golf and a wonderful sense of humor.

Joe's courage, faith and grace were inspiring as he battled cancer for more than a year when doctors predicted he had but a few months. He was always optimistic, choosing to look at his blessings despite the difficulties he faced on a regular basis. He joked and laughed with hospital staff at every appointment. He never hid from his illness and he spoke out publicly, urging the medical and lay community to help find a cure.

Joseph is survived by three daughters, Olivia (Matthew Finlayson), Emma, and Meredith Coen of Mount Pleasant, SC; a son, Andrew Kinaci of Chicago, IL; his mother, Barbara Quinn of Mount Pleasant, SC; a sister, Nancy Presti (Philip) of Madison, CT and their three children, Caroline, Courtney and Thomas and by his brother, William Coen (Aimee) of Boston, MA, and their two children Caitlin and William. He is predeceased by his father, William Dale Coen and his sisters Jean Coen and Tracy Coen.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, January 7, 2019 in Christ Our King Catholic Church, 1149 Russell Drive at 10:30 am. The Rite of Committal will follow at Mount Pleasant Memorial Gardens, 1308 Mathis Ferry Road. The family will receive friends in J. HENRY STUHR, INC. MOUNT PLEASANT CHAPEL, 1494 Mathis Ferry Road on Sunday, January 6, 2019 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm.

Memorials may be made to Hollings Cancer Center, 86 Jonathan Lucas Street, MSC 955, Charleston, SC 29425