John T. Coyne Jr.
John T. 'Jack' Coyne Jr. of Washington Crossing, Pa., and Brigantine, N.J., passed away peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011. He was 83.
Born in Philadelphia, and raised in Croydon, Jack was the eldest son of the late John T. and Anna Phillips Coyne.
After graduating from Bensalem High School, Jack enlisted in the U.S. Army and proudly served his country as a staff sergeant during World War II, where he was stationed in Hawaii.
Shortly after his discharge, Jack married his lifelong sweetheart, Doris, moved to Levittown, where he lived for 25 years, and became a union carpenter. He later moved to Washington Crossing, where he remained for the past 35 years.
After having worked in the field with his tools for almost two decades, Jack was then elected a representative of the Philadelphia Metropolitan District Council of Carpenters as a business agent for Bucks County Local Union 1462. He held that position for 21 years before his retirement in 1993.
Having always taken an interest in community service, Jack was appointed a member of the Bucks County Housing Authority, where he served for several years before being elected its chairman.
In his free time, Jack enjoyed trips to the shore, relaxing in the sun, and rooting for his favorite baseball team, the Philadelphia Phillies.
Jack was a member of St. George's Church in Titusville, N.J., and earned the 4th Degree with Knights of Columbus Council 4765, St. John Neumann Assembly.
He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Doris Riebel Coyne; two sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth and Kathy Coyne of Yardley, and Mark and Rita Coyne of Brigantine, N.J.; three brothers, James of Morrisville, Louis of Bensalem, and Richard of Stroudsburg, Pa.; a sister, Anna Whyno of Bristol; and four grandchildren, Dana, Jared, Jennifer and Elliott Coyne.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Monday at St. George's Church, 1370 River Road, Titusville, N.J. Burial will follow in Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Upper Makefield Township. Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at FitzGerald-Sommer Funeral Home, 17 S. Delaware Avenue (River Road), Yardley.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 399 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106.
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