John Charles Coe, a retired social worker with the state Department of Aging, died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly called Lou Gehrig's disease, Jan. 20 while being taken to Johns Hopkins Medical Center. He was 69 and lived in Windsor Hills.
He was born in Marlborough, Mass., and graduated from Princeton University in 1960 with a bachelor's degree in philosophy and English. He then earned a master's degree in social work from the University at Buffalo after serving two years in the Army.
In 1976, Mr. Coe and his wife, Julee H. Kryder-Coe, moved to Baltimore and pursued careers in social work while raising their two children.
Mr. Coe was a social worker for the Department of Aging for 30 years before retiring in 2003. Mrs. Kryder-Coe, assistant dean for professional education at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, died of cancer in 2003.
"A truly caring, devoted and loving man, he stayed by the side in aid of his wife as she battled cancer to her passing in late 2003," said his daughter, Kirsten K. Coe of Ithaca, N.Y.. "His sincerity of friendship was felt by co-workers and neighbors alike, whereby through his quiet thoughtfulness, he always showed respect for those around him, and with his quick wit, could always kindle the humor of another."
Mr. Coe was a naturalist and birder who enjoyed hiking on nature trails.
"He was also highly regarded as a tireless volunteer, woodsman and gardener by many of the Windsor Hills neighbors who worked alongside him in his varied community ecological restoration efforts," said his daughter.
A memorial service was held Jan. 21.
In addition to his daughter, Mr. Coe is survived by a son, Justin Coe of College Park; and two brothers, Peter Coe of Chicago and Robert Coe of Bethesda.