Remembering Diane Coffin
On September 29, Engineering faculty and staff gathered with family and friends and former colleagues of Diane Coffin to walk in her memory and raise funds for her family. Diane was a well-respected and loved employee in the faculty, who passed away this past July. The day of the walk would have been her 40th birthday.
“Diane was a wonderful employee in the faculty,” said Dr. Greg Naterer, dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. “We plan to continue this walk on her birthday each year as a way to keep her memory alive here in the faculty. She is very much missed by all of us.”
Diane began her career with Memorial as a financial analyst in the Queen Elizabeth II Library in 2007. A year later she graduated from Memorial with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and started working in the Engineering Faculty as an administrative specialist II about a year after receiving her degree.
Diane’s contributions to the faculty were not only evident in her outstanding work ethic and expertise, but in her positive attitude and cheerful personality. It wasn’t long after she arrived in the faculty that people came to know her as sweet, thoughtful, funny and passionate. She was always helpful and kind in her approach to work and her presence brightened up the office.
Diane was also a fighter. Despite life’s challenges, she always wore a huge smile and had such a positive outlook. Her love for her husband, Dan, and her children, Claire and Benjamin, kept her spirits bright. Never one to wallow in self-pity, she faced every challenge head on and fought back – not only for herself but also for her family. For that, she is an inspiration to us all.
The faculty’s social committee organized the walk in Diane’s honour. More than 50 walkers gathered in the engineering building’s main lobby before dividing into two groups to walk around Long Pond or inside through campus. All proceeds went to Diane’s family. Leanne Hayden, a member of the social committee and close colleague and friend of Diane, helped to organize the event.
“Friends and colleagues wanted to acknowledge Diane’s life with a special event in her honour,” said Ms. Hayden. “Participating in a walk seemed fitting to Diane’s personal interests, a way in which we could remember the special person she was, raise awareness and share our stories and memories.”
In addition to her family and friends, Diane was also passionate about running and photography.