William E. Coyle (“Bill”) 94 of Middletown, NJ passed away peacefully with his family by his side on February 24, 2019 at Bayside Manor. William was born in Jersey City NJ. He is a 1942 graduate of Long Branch High School and graduated from Tufts University in 3 years in 1945 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. Out of college he served in World War II for the United States Navy on a hospital ship in the Pacific Ocean where he received the American Theater Medal and the Victory Medal for his service. Upon his return he worked for various engineering firms including the layout of a section of the Garden State Parkway running through Wall Township. One of the firms he worked for was Henry LaBrecque in Red Bank where he met his first wife Rosemarie, who worked across the street at Dorn’s Photo Shop. They married in 1950 and settled in Middletown Township living there their remaining lives. He resided at Bayside Manor the last 14 months but was a resident of Middletown Township at 49 Swartzel Drive for since 1950! Bill also opened his own construction company in the 1950’s and in 1960 started working for Frederick Moller as a licensed land surveyor. He worked there until 1977 where he purchased the company and was owner until 1987. In 1987, the firm was bought by Maser Consulting where Bill continued to work until his retirement in 1991. Bill was a Professional Land Surveyor – was an active member of the New Jersey Society of Professional Land Surveyors during it’s infancy in the early 1980’s. William was the devoted father to Barbara Guerrieri of Middletown, Adele Hearn of Tenent, Timothy Coyle of Howell, Jean Hickman of Jackson. He was the oldest of twelve; Kathryn Wood (predeceased); Claire Coughlan (predeceased) and her husband Ed (predeceased); Blanche Acerra (predeceased and her husband Sam (predeceased); Dorothy Wood of New Port Richey, Florida and her husband Walter (predeceased); Joan Feldman of Brick, New Jersey; Mary Gladstone (predeceased and her husband Harold (predeceased); Peggy McGirr of Long Branch, New Jersey; Betty Coyle (predeceased); Alice Mansfield of Oceanport, New Jersey; John Coyle and his wife Bev of North Myrtle Beach, North Carolina; and Bob Coyle and his wife Margie of St. Simmons Island, Georgia. He is survived by his grandchildren James L. Guerrieri, Jr., Jessie Rocco, Jason Guerrieri, Justin Guerrieri, Ryan Hickman, Amy Hickman and Adelle Hickman. As well as his great grandchildren Joey Guerrieri, Hailey Guerrieri, DJ Guerrieri, Brian Rocco and Adam Rocco. HE LOVED his grandchildren and Great Grandchildren and all of their accomplishments. He deeply loved Eleanor and her family. He is survived by Eleanor and her children: Patrick McAlary and his wife Maria; Kathleen and her husband Mike Rivers, Nancy, Michael and Mary Jane.
Predeceased by his gracious and lovely first wife Rosemarie and by five of his beautiful sisters: Kathryn, Claire, Blanche, Mary and Betty. He loved to give out hugs to anyone. He was known as the “Huggr” (license plate). Bill had a huge zest for life and everyday was a celebration. Everyone he met can smile, envision his smile, and remember something special he did for and/or with them. He gave out the best hugs to everyone until his departure, they were back-cracking. He was a strong man both physically and mentally.
He was passionate with everything he did. He could describe a mundane task, describe the dilemma, describe how it was resolved and communicate the turmoil with his passion to resolve and you would literally be caught up in the discussion.
HE LOVED: to sing, to travel, to dance, to smile, to entertain, to be entertained, loved his family, to attend Broadway Plays (over 200), to attend the PNC Arts Center from 1968 to 1982, attending additional plays at the Two River Theater. He loved sports, in particular football, baseball and lacrosse. He loved family gatherings, he loved throwing a party, attending a party and being around people he loved. He loved blue eyes, his collection of baseball caps, his wardrobe of horizontally striped polo shirts and loved dressing up in costume every year for Halloween.
William personified his “High on Life” motto with his eternal smile, boisterous laugh, and his infamous hugs. He had a genuine zest for life and lived every day as a celebration. He will be sadly missed but his memory will live on.
William will be reposing at the Evergreen Memorial Funeral Home 1735 Rt. 35, Middletown, NJ on Friday March 1, 2019 from 4 – 8pm. A Mass of Chrisitan Burial will take place on Saturday March 2, 2019 at 10:30am. Entombment to follow at Holmdel Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers we would like donations to be made to the live4evan.org in memory of William E Coyle and his Great Great Nephew Jacob.’