July 1, 1936 – May 1, 2019
After a long and challenging battle with Parkinson’s disease, Herman Coy has transitioned to his heavenly home. Herman Coy was born July 1, 1936 in Manhattan, New York, to Sarah and Floyd Coy. He inherited his Christian values from his parents and was baptized at St. Matthews Church in Harlem, N.Y. Herm, as he was affectionately called, continued his religious instruction and participated in the church as a Junior Choir member and church usher. Herman attended and graduated from Dewitt Clinton High School in 1954, where he was a phenomenal athlete, receiving “All-New York City” basketball honors as a point guard. Herm turned down a college basketball scholarship at a Georgia university, instead electing to stay close to home where he could care for his ill mother and attend NYU and City College. Herman continued his close relationship with his mother until her passing in 2002. Herman’s honesty and integrity, coupled with a strong work ethic, afforded him several employment opportunities. While attending college classes Herman worked part-time for Manufacturers Hanover Bank (now Chase bank), becoming the first black bank teller in the famed New York bank’s history. Herman enlisted in the United States Army in 1959, completing basic training at Fort Sill in Oklahoma. In 1962, Herman joined the United States Army, National Guard, where he served in the Artillery as an “Expert Marksman.” Herman served his country in this capacity until 1965. In November 1960, Coy became a New York City Police Officer. Herman was a standout officer, quickly promoted to detective, investigating high-profile cases involving organized crime. Herman enjoyed a thirty-year career at the NYPD ultimately retiring as a 1 st Grade “Gold Shield Detective” in 1990. Herman continued his law enforcement career accepting a supervisory position at the New York District Attorney’s Office. Herman stayed in this supervisory position at the Manhattan D.A. another 15 years. Jeanette and Herman married in 1960 and had two sons born to them, Jason and Leonard. The family originally lived in the Bronx from 1960-1970, until moving to Westchester County, N.Y., where they maintained a family residence until 2009. Herman had many passions. Some of his passions were a love of sports, clothes, and food. His kind spirit and easygoing style was infectious to all who knew him. Herman was a little league coach, mentor, and commissioner in the local community, always willing to go the extra mile for the kids at the Harlem Boys Club and in the broader community. Herman always dressed to impress. He loved clothes, especially fashionable clothes like suits and ties. Even more than fashion, Herman enjoyed a nice double serving of dessert. At the end of each day, Herman’s sweet tooth would lead him to a slice of tiramisu or New York-style cheesecake. After retirement, Herman and Jeanette moved to Boca Raton, FL, full-time. Herman is a grandfather to six wonderful grandchildren, Sarah, Ashley, Hannah, Ethan, Heather, and Alexa. In retirement, Herman spent most of his time attending special family events, sports games, and supporting his family with love and generosity. Herman is survived by his amazing wife Jeanette, his children Jason and Leonard, and six beautiful grandchildren. If you would like to support the Coy family during this time, please direct all donations to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Your generosity is greatly appreciated
- Jeanette Coy, Wife
- Jason Coy, Son
- Leonard Coy, Son
- Sarah Coy, Granddaughter
- Ashley Coy, Granddaughter
- Hannah Coy, Granddaughter
- Ethan Coy, Grandson
- Heather Coy, Granddaughter
- Alexa Coy, Granddaughter
- Visitation Thursday, May 9, 2019
Patricia & Kiara Holcomb
May 14, 2019
Jeanette & Family
I am just hearing this morning 5/14 of Herman's passing. I am so sad that I was not there for his service and spend time with you. I will miss Herman and his laughter and our shared history with NYPD. You have our sincere condolences and I will call you soon❤
May 10, 2019
So Sorry Lenny And Family About The Passing Of Mr.Coy .I Didn't Know He Passed Until Later Thurs . When I Looked On. Site For Hrs .Of Service. And Saw. It Ended At 7:00. Felt Bad I Wouldn't Be Able To Pay My Respects ! But When Saw His Life's Acomplisments And The Manor In Which He Conducted His Life ! I Truly Was In AWE ! ! May God Bless Your Family Thru This Difficult While Herm Transitioned To His New Life In Heaven Sincerely MICHAEL CACCAVELLA
Penny & Noelle Fleming
May 9, 2019
Our condolences to Jeanette, Lenny , Jason and family. What a beautiful video and honorable story. May all those beautiful memories comfort you during this time.
Love and deep sympathies-
The Fleming family
May 9, 2019
To: Jeanette and Family
"Everybody loves Herman", Jeanette we have been blessed to know you and family.
May you find comfort during this time as God strengthens your heart with love and peace.
With caring thoughts and prayers.
Jerretha and Hercules Jones
May 9, 2019
Lenny and Family,
We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your father and our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Rest In Peace.
Fondly, Your friends at The Federal Enforcement Homeland Security Foundation
May 9, 2019
I called him the Professor. His knowledge, the meticulous manner in which he conducted himself were astounding. Though
we were both in that First Graders' NYPD Elite Rank, Herman out shined us all. Herman also gave me the Impossible
Task, the Assignment of His Position at DANY's Northern Manhattan Office, upon his Retirement. I did my best, but I'm sure at times the Ladies in the Office wished that Herman would be coming through that door, right now. In this life Herman
was a First Grader and I'm positive that he is now a First Grader in His Heavenly Father's Mansion. Thank you Herman for all you have done for so many. It was an Honor and a Pleasure to have know you.
May 8, 2019
I learned of Herman’s passing through a former and mutual co-worker at the District Attorney’s Office. It was here that I had the good fortune of meeting Herman. He was a gentleman of noble consideration and style. It is with great certainty that he will be missed infinitely by his family and friends; just as, I am certain, we will always remember, with deep gratitude, Herman’s presence in our lives. From my family to the entire Coy family, our heartfelt condolences. Rest well Mr. Coy!
May 8, 2019
Herman was a dear friend and my partner for the time we work in the DA office in Harlem he will be really missed my condolences to the Coy family in there time of sorrow
John Jacob Rieck, Jr.
May 7, 2019
I just learned of Herman’s death. He and I worked together during my time in the District Attorney’s office from 1975 to 1985. Herman was a good and decent man with strong investigative instincts. Most important, however, he understood right from wrong, while exhibiting patience with those who gave in to human weakness. My only regret at this point is I was unable to say goodbye.
May 6, 2019
I met Jeanette and Herman Coy in 1988 and they introduced me to their church, Antioch Baptist Church in Bedford Hills, NY where I am still a member. We shared many wonderful years of friendship. I send my condolences and prayers to Jeanette and family.
Stella Brown & Family
May 5, 2019
I have too many wonderful memories to try and choose one, however I just want to say that Herman was a wonderful mentor and friend. He advised me so much professionally and personally and I will be forever grateful for having shared life with him. My deepest condolences for the Coy family and the entire Frazer family sends their love.
Leroy, Pamela, David and Kirsten.