John Francis Coyne Jr., a World War II veteran who opened and managed an insurance office in Darien, died Tuesday, Feb. 28, surrounded by his children, at Naples Community Hospital in Florida. He was 90.
Born in Hartford on June 29, 1921, to the late John F. and Marjorie Gordon Saxton Coyne, he attended schools in South Windsor, Hartford and the University of Pittsburgh.
Mr. Coyne served in World War II as a fighter pilot of the Luscious LuLu, a P-47 Thunderbolt, in the European Theater and was a proud member of the 366th Fighter Pilots Association, his family said.
A career casualty insurance agent, Mr. Coyne established and managed the Darien office of the J.M. Layton Insurance Co. until his retirement in 1990. He was also past president of the Connecticut Agents Insurance Association.
An avid golfer, Mr. Coyne scored two holes-in-one, was a member of the Highpoint Country Club in Naples, Fla., and a past member of the Pocassette Golf Club on Cape Cod and the Silvermine Golf Club in New Canaan. He was a lifetime Elk and actively involved with the Darien Chamber of Commerce, Red Cross, and Kiwanis for years.
“He shall long be remembered in our hearts for his fabulous sense of humor, great story telling, generosity, many volunteer years at NCH hospital, and his ‘love of dancing the nights away’,” his family said. “John will be deeply missed by family and friends, many who were lifelong.”
Mr. Coyne was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Mary Lou Fister Coyne; son, John F Coyne III; and life-long best friend, Col. Frank Gionfriddo.
He is survived by his son, Thomas A. Coyne, and wife Susan, of Longboat Key, Fla., and Nantucket, Mass.; daughter, Susan C. Johnston of Tucson, Ariz.; grandchildren, Erin A. Coyne and Brendan M. Coyne, both of Tampa, Fla., and Lauren R. Benedict, and husband Whit, of Darien; and great grandchildren, Bruce W. Benedict III, Thomas Jackson “Jack” Benedict and Braydan Riley Coyne.
Services were private.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK, 73123-1718; or a charity of your choice.
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