Edwin C. Coia, 74, co-owner since 1974 of the Country Farm Market in Atco, died of a heart attack on Monday, June 2, at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Pomona, N.J.
A lifelong resident of Hammonton, N.J., Mr. Coia graduated from St. Joseph's High School there in 1958. He was the center on the varsity basketball team.
During his four-year service in the Army, Mr. Coia's job was to manage the ice hockey team of the Seventh Army in West Germany.
He earned the job because "he was very charismatic and willing to travel," daughter Renee Adamucci said.
The team played other U.S. military teams "pretty much all over Europe," she said. Sometimes, "they would play a group of locals."