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Blake-Doyle Funeral Home

226 West Collings Ave, Collingswood, NJ

OBITUARY

J. Drew Coyle

June 27, 1930July 13, 2020
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J. Drew Coyle slipped peacefully into God’s loving arms at his home in Mount Ephraim, NJ, surrounded by his family on July 13, 2020, at the age of 90.

“Pop” is predeceased by his beloved wife, Barbara (nee Wells), of more than 60 years. He is survived by his four devoted sons, Steven of Collingswood, Mark (JoAnne predeceased) of Clayton, Robert (Jackie) of Mt. Ephraim and William (Lisa) of Mt. Laurel. Pop was blessed with 8 grandchildren: Stacey, Jillian, Stephen, Stephanie, Sarah, Sean (predeceased), Courtney, and Bobby and 11 great grandchildren: Gina, Luke, Roger, Samantha, Steven, Nicholas, Scout, Brody, Timothy, Dylan and Zane. He is also survived by the second love of his life, Dee Boccuti of Glendora.

Drew was drafted into the US Marine Corps where he served 2 years and left as a Staff Sergeant, after which he continued his education, graduating from the Wharton School. In 1956, he married Barbara, and his career began. He and Barbara started their life in Woodlynne where he was a volunteer fireman, scout leader, church youth leader, EMT and special police officer. Drew was then elected to the Board of Education, where he served more than 25 years. He ran a pilot program in NJ for outdoor education for 5th grade students and started a program called “Introduction to Vocations.” Drew also served as School Business Administrator for 10 years and was a member of many organizations.

In 1991, Drew was elected Mayor of Woodlynne and served for 12 years. He served as President of the NJ Mayor’s Association, Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Boards, Chairman of the Mayor’s Advisory Board to HUD and was named Outstanding Elected Official in NJ. He was elected into the Mayor’s Hall of Fame and Collingswood Hall of Fame. During this time he became interested in the Ronald McDonald House and served on their board for over 35 years, and as a volunteer. His latest accomplishment was receiving the EPA Energy Star Award for energy conservation at 615 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, where he managed the building since it was built in the early 1980s. Relatives and friends are invited to a “drive-by” viewing at BLAKE- DOYLE Funeral Home parking lot, 226 W. Collings Ave. Collingswood, NJ 08108 on Tuesday July 21, 2020 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. You will be asked to remain in your vehicle as you pay your respects. Please visit BLAKE-DOYLE.com to leave your remembrances of Drew.

Family requests donations to be made in Drew’s memory to the Chews United Methodist Church, PO BOX 152 Glendora, NJ 08029. https://www.chewsumc.com/give.

  • FAMILY

  • Barbara Coyle (nee Wells), Wife (deceased)
  • Steven Coyle, son
  • Mark Coyle, Son
  • JoAnne Coyle, Daughter-in-law (deceased)
  • Robert Coyle, Son
  • Jackie Coyle, Daughter-in-law
  • William Coyle, Son
  • Lisa Coyle, Daughter-in-law
  • Dee Boccuti, Companion
  • Pop was blessed with 8 grandchildren: Stacey, Jillian, Stephen, Stephanie, Sarah, Sean (predeceased), Courtney, and Bobby and 11 great grandchildren: Gina, Luke, Roger, Samantha, Steven, Nicholas, Scout, Brody, Timothy, Dylan and Zane.

Services

  • Drive By Viewing

    Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Memories

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Renee Winkler McCarthy

July 29, 2020

I crossed paths with Drew several times in a few of his official posts. Then we collided at the coffee bar at Wegman’s one night about 10 years ago. It was after his beloved Barbara died. He wasn’t morose but he was grieving. Call me sometime, I said, and we can grab a coffee (tea for him) or a drink. He did, and so began a friendship I treasured, usually centered on a sandwich and a cold beer in the early afternoon.
Drew enriched my life. He knew everyone. He loved to talk and I had made my living by listening. It always was a bright afternoon.
He also loved to be asked to help and I sometimes needed a Mr. Fix-It. He re-wired a lamp, scrounged up a piece of carpet padding that became a slice of pizza for a Halloween costume, and attached lights on my balcony railing so I will think of him every day at dusk.
He loved to meet the people I knew, and he eventually joined a noisy, opinionated gang that met for coffee in the morning at McDonald’s in Westmont.
In his wake he scattered all kinds of gadgets and gizmos: pens that worked as a level, a ruler, or a stylus, flashlights, newspaper clippers, magnetic calendars. How appropriate that some of those items were included with funeral cards.
The guys loved him and so did I.
He always spoke lovingly of his sons and their families and members of the Coyle family that seemed to expand exponentially.
Happy trails, Drew. You had a full and giving life.

Linda Parry

July 22, 2020

Drew was a wise caring man who shared his wisdom and knowledge to help others. He was a blessing to the families and staff of the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House. Drew did so much good for so many all through out his life. He will be missed. The Coyle family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Linda Parry
Volunteer Coordinator

Sue Marks-Brennan

July 21, 2020

Drew Coyle was an amazing gentleman that will be missed greatly. Drew’s commitment to the community and service to others, was extraordinary. It was my honor to have known him. My sympathies to the Coyle family.

Cindy Leff

July 21, 2020

Drew I always enjoyed your company and stories at our dinners out. Your kindness and love was definitely passed on to my “ younger brother” Bill who means the world to me.

Karee ‘ Gray

July 21, 2020

Deepest Sympathy to the Coyle Family. I

Talia Strout

July 19, 2020

Drew has left such a positive impact on everyone, especially my children. He loved and spoiled my three kids as if they were his own great-grandchildren. I enjoyed our many visits and hearing all of your stories. Thanks for bringing such happiness to my grandmom’s life and for making the world a better place. You will be missed tremendously. Love you.

Rick Pagnani

July 19, 2020

Drew, it was a pleasure and an honor knowing such a caring and selfless man. Your life has touched many directly and indirectly and, in doing so, your good works made Earth a better place. God has called you home and now Heaven, too, is a better place.

William Coyle

July 19, 2020

Pop - My heart is torn apart. I love you so much and miss you every minute. I know you are at peace and that we will see each other again. Thanks for being the greatest role model a man could have.

Love,
Billy & Lisa

LOUISE PANARELLO

July 18, 2020

Drew was an amazing man and I was privileged to get to know him over the years. He was a selfless man who would help others in any way he could, especially my Mom. It is with a heavy heart I send this message to all of you. Your Dad will be sadly missed by everyone who had the pleasure to know him. With sincere sympathy, Louise

DOLORES (DEE) BOCCUTI

July 18, 2020

Drew, you were sooooo good to me. I only had to mention something and it was in my hands. I hope you knew how much I cared for you and appreciated all you did for me. I hope I helped to make the last 8 years of your life as happy as you made mine.
Will miss you always. Love, your Baby Doll Dee.

FROM THE FAMILY