Deacon Joseph P. Coyle, a retired permanent deacon of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, died Tuesday, Oct. 1.
Deacon Coyle was born March 29, 1929, in Philadelphia. He attended Our Mother of Sorrows School, St. Rose of Lima School and St. Thomas More High School, Philadelphia. He also attended St. Joseph’s University.
Deacon Coyle was ordained a permanent deacon June 7, 1992, at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul by Bishop Louis A. DeSimone. He served as a permanent deacon at St. Alice Parish, Upper Darby, from 1992 through 2005.
A viewing will be held Friday, Oct. 4 at St. Kevin Church, 200 West Sproul Road, Springfield, from 5 to 7 p.m. A viewing will also be held Saturday, Oct. 5 beginning at 9:30 a.m. Bishop Robert P. Maginnis will celebrate Deacon Coyle’s funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Concelebrating the Mass will be Father Thomas P. Gillin, who will also be the homilist. Serving at the Mass will be Deacons Charles A. Pavonarius and E. Peter Zurbach.
Deacon Coyle is survived by his wife, Helen, four sons, three daughters, 15 grandchildren, one sister, and four sisters-in-law. Interment will be at SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Springfield.
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Deacon Coyle and I worked together at The General Electric Co., Re Entry Systems Division, in Philadelphia in 1965 thru 1967. May God have Mercy on His Soul and the Soul’s of all of the Faithfully Departed, and may they all Rest in Peace. Amen. God Bless You Joe.