Harold Kenneth Coyle
1925 – 2019
Harold Kenneth Coyle entered his rest and peace surrounded by his children on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. Born June 7, 1925, to Harry and Roda Coyle, Harold grew up in New Dorp Beach, S.I., and Jersey City. He attended New Dorp High School where he was a champion swimmer and diver, and later Henry Snyder High School in Jersey City where he also excelled in swimming.
Harold joined the Navy in June of 1942 where he served as an Aviation Radioman 2nd Classman in the famous Black Cat squadron Catalina PBY sea-airplanes in the Asian-South Pacific Theater. He briefly attended St. Olaf College while in the Navy for advanced training. Upon returning from the war, Harold attended and graduated from Manhattan College in three years. While at Manhattan College, Harold was the swim team Captain in 1947 and 1948.
He began dating the love of his life, Rita Catherine (Harrison), who he had met while vacationing at New Dorp Beach. Harold and Rita married on Jan. 29, 1949, and raised five children in New Dorp, S.I. Harold began his long career in human resources before moving to the position as Assistant Director of Catholic Charities in Brooklyn. Harold also worked as Director of Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Jacksonville, Fla., and Assistant Director in Boston, Mass., where he developed low-income housing apartment complexes in several states for the Catholic Church. He was a staunch supporter and leader as a Director in the SI Pee Wee Football League for many years.
Harold is survived by his five children including Kathleen (Coyle) and Peter Marzano of St. James, N.C., Barbara Coyle and James Shaw of Ithaca, N.Y., Kevin Coyle and Louise Ricciardi of Hilton Head, S.C., Harold “Harry” Coyle of Belmar, N.J., and Brian Coyle and Michele (Casilli) of Morganville, N.J. Harold also was blessed with 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
His joy was seeing his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren become accomplished in their academic, career and sports goals. He especially loved family visits and family reunions filled with reminiscing, singing old songs and dancing. Harold also enjoyed reading, watching football, movies and rooting for the Mets.
Calling hours are Friday, Aug. 16, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Hanley Funeral Home, 60 New Dorp Lane, New Dorp, S.I. A celebration of Harold’s life will be held Saturday, Aug. 17 at 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, New Dorp Lane, New Dorp, S.I. The family wishes to thank the Veterans Hospital Hospice unit of Lyons, N.J., for their care in his last days.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations may be made to: VA New Jersey Health Care System, Voluntary Service Program Manager (135LY), 151 Knollcroft Road, Lyons, NJ 07939 OR Uniformed Firefighters Association, 204 East 23rd St., New York, N.Y. 10010 c/o The UFA Widows and Children’s Fund. Make checks payable to: The UFA Widows and Children’s Fund.
Hanley Funeral Home
60 New Dorp Lane
Staten Island, NY 10306
Published in Staten Island Advance on Aug. 15, 2019
Coyle, Harold Kenneth [MC???? RIP]
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I believe that Harold is a member of the Class of 1949
May He Rest In Peace.
McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]
Coyle, Harold Kenneth [MC1949 RIP]
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