Peter Flint Coit Sr., a lifetime Buffalo-area resident and World War II Army veteran, died Monday at his Amherst home. He was 88.
Mr. Coit was born in Buffalo, and was a member of several notable Buffalo families. His great-great-grandfather was George Coit, one of the earliest settlers in Buffalo, and a founder of Buffalo Harbor. The Coit House, George's home, is one of Buffalo's oldest residences.
Mr. Coit was an advocate of restoring the Coit name at the Buffalo waterfront, where the Coit House was originally located, and also the site of the old Coit Slip. He was also a great-nephew of Lillie Hitchcock Coit, whose bequest to beautify San Francisco resulted in that city's landmark Coit Tower.
One of his grandfathers was Willis O. Chapin, a Buffalo attorney and philanthropist who was director of the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy and was involved in the establishment of the Albright Art Gallery. A great-grandfather was William Bradford Flint, co-founder of Buffalo's Flint and Kent department store. Another great-grandfather was Thompson Hersee, who founded Buffalo's Hersee furniture company, known for its quality for nearly a century. The Coit family ran the business for many years.
Mr. Coit attended School 30 in Buffalo and Lafayette High School before graduating from the Pawling Preparatory School in Pawling in 1942. He joined the Army, and served in the Signal Corps in Europe during World War II.
He held a variety of sales and management jobs during his career, and owned and operated a dump truck service company for six years.
Mr. Coit was also a member of the Snyder Volunteer Fire Company during the 1960s.
He enjoyed dining out and socializing with his longtime companion, Gloria Fortman, and their many friends.
He is survived by two daughters, Karen Wozniak and Pamela Morphis.
A Memorial Service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at Amherst Community Church, 77 Washington Highway, Snyder.