Obituary: Eugene (Gene) Francis Coyle, 86, dedicated Marine, long-time Darien community servant
Long-time Darien resident Eugene (Gene) Coyle, a retired Marine who served during both World War II and the Korean War, and worked at Time magazine for more than five decades, died Monday morning after a several-month illness.
During his time in the Marines, Mr. Coyle was a small arms expert, breaking a range record and earning a spot on the pistol team in Quantico, Va. By 1950, he was promoted to tank commander and eventually served as a sergeant in the 8th Tank Battalion at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. A long-time member of the Representative Town Meeting, Mr. Coyle’s commitment to the Darien community was legendary. For more than 30 years, Mr. Coyle helped raise money for wounded veterans through the Marine Corps League. Mr. Coyle also worked as a justice of the peace, and served as a member of the Republican Town Committee and former president of the Republican Club of Darien.
He was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Joan de Got Washburn Coyle, in 2013. He and his wife had been Darien residents since 1966. He is survived by daughters, Nancy Coyle-Downs and Laura Coyle; and his grandsons Connor, Hunter and Gannon Downs and siblings Joseph Coyle and Mary Anne Miller.
A full obituary for Mr. Coyle will follow next week. Services are expected to be scheduled for the first week in July and details will be included in that obituary. Edward Lawrence Funeral Home will handle the arrangements.