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JOHN P. ("Jack") COYLE

Born: Sat., Jan. 16, 1943
Died: Sun., May 9, 2021

Graveside Service

2:00 PM Thu., Jun. 03, 2021
Location: St Lawrence Cemetery

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Mr. John Philip "Jack" Coyle died unexpectedly at home on May 9th, 2021 in New Haven, Connecticut at the age of 78.  

Jack is survived by his children, John (Sara) Coyle, of Kenilworth, Illinois; Linda Coyle, of Branford; James (Melissa) Coyle, of Guilford; and his son, Alex Jemmett, of Hamden; grandchildren Maeve, Emma, Andrew, Madelyn and John James "JJ" Coyle; his sister, Susan Coyle; and many nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his brothers, G. Robert Coyle and Lawrence Coyle, both of East Haven.  

Jack was born on January 16th, 1943 in New Haven to Thomas and Dorothy (nee Egan) Coyle.  He attended St. Aedan's school and later graduated Notre Dame high school where he excelled in track & field.  Jack proudly joined the U.S Army in 1964, completed his Vietnam tour in 1968, and was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant.  He trained as an electrician and was a member of the I.B.E.W.  During his career he worked on major construction projects, including power plants, across the nation.   Later in life he returned to Westville and served Congregation B'Nai Jacob in Woodbridge as Facilities Manager until his retirement.  

Jack is remembered for his warmth and wit, his love of the outdoors which began with West Rock as his childhood playground, his passion for cars, and his cherished friendships including time spent with other veterans.

A funeral is scheduled for 2 pm on Thursday June, 3rd at St. Lawrence Cemetery in West Haven.  Friends of Jack and members of the Coyle family are invited to celebrate his life.  Flowers can be sent to the Celentano Funeral 424 Elm St., New Haven.  Condolences can be sent to www.celentanofuneralhome.com.  The family would like to thank Dr. Juliette Spelman, MD and the entire West Haven Veteran's Affairs Healthcare team for their love and care for Jack over many years.

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Dorothy Esparo
   Posted Wed June 02, 2021
I am extremely sorry to hear about the passing of my friend, Jack.
My name is Dorothy. I am a librarian at the Clark Memorial Library in Bethany, CT.
I met Jack almost ten years ago. Over those years, he became a real friend to me. When he came to use the library, he would leave his car open and I would immediately go out to visit and walk Roxy. When I took my break, we would have a cigarette together and talk. Jack was a great joke teller, an excellent listener and an all around good conversationalist. I enjoyed his company very much. He talked about his children often, saying how proud he was of them.
I will miss Jack and I will not forget him.
I feel saddened to not be able to make the service. I just found out today and can't get the time off. But my mom is in that cemetery. She just died February 26th. I will be there to see her and will visit Jack for sure. Once again, my deepest sympathy to all of the people who loved Jack.

Melissa Canham-Clyne
   Posted Wed June 02, 2021
I came to know Jack because of his visits to the Clark Memorial Library in Bethany. He was a regular presence at the library, using the public computers and engaging in thoughtful conversations with other patrons and staff. I enjoyed his great sense of humor, his willingness to listen to all opinions, and his curiosity about the world. Jack was intensely proud of his adult children and spoke highly of each one of them.

When I think about Jack, I remember an extremely intelligent man who valued friendship and was committed to living life as fully as he could. Rest in peace Jack.


Jack Ryder
   Posted Fri June 04, 2021
My deepest condolences to the Coyle Family. I remember Jack from high school. He was a track guy, and I was a baseball player, so we were out on the athletic fields in the spring together. We had some of the same classes as well. Sincerely, Jack Ryder ND '61

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