Michael F. Coyle

October 22, 1951September 29, 2012

On Saturday, September 29th, Michael Coyle passed away suddenly from a heart attack. He was participating in a Bike Race, a 24.32 mile bicycle race in Cooperstown, NY. He was the Son of the late Robert L. Coyle and Helena Hoffman of Ilion, NY, born on October 22, 1951 in Ilion.

Mike was a member of the Oneonta Elks, Sons of American Legion, and the Oneonta VFW.

Michael was an avid runner and participated annually in the Utica Boilermaker and the Memorial Pit Run. Michael and his son, Shawn, were most recently proud participants in the 500-mile RAGBRAI cycling event across the state of Iowa. Michael also thoroughly enjoyed adventures outdoors such as camping, hiking and fly fishing. He recently went fly fishing with his friend Jeffrey Whittemore "Whitt" in Montana. He was a long time guitarist and very passionate about music. Mike was also an avid golfer. Over the years he enjoyed golfing with his friends and family. He participated in many golf leagues throughout the years with his wife, Hazel. Michael was also a longtime rider of Harley Davidson Motorcycles and enjoyed outings and long distance trips with his friends. He recently rode his motorcycle out to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota, and to Maine with his friend John Bullis. Michael recently participated in his first triathlon, the "Ratsnake" at Gilbert Lake. This accomplishment, among many others, made his family very proud.

Michael was a proud Blood Donor to the American Red Cross Association and donated regularly towards the cause in which he passionately supported.

Michael was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend to many. He is survived by his wife Hazel Ann (Pilley) Coyle. They married on April 24th, 1976 in St. Petersburg, FL. Together, they moved to Oneonta, NY in 1977. Mike Graduated from SUNY Oneonta in 1979 with his B.A. degree and received his Master's Degree SUNY Albany in 1982. Michael was currently working as a Migrant Educator at SUNY Oneonta. He leaves three children: Son, Scott Michael of Quincy, MA, Son, Shawn Phillip of Oneonta, NY, and Daughter, Eileen Frances of Canton, NY. He also is survived by his Sister Cynthia Cabrera and husband, Rene Cabrera of Ithaca, NY. He leaves two nieces: Shana McKillop-Cabrera, of Alexandria, VA and Elena Cabrera, of Ithaca, NY.

Mike "CoyDog" Coyle, will be greatly missed by all. He lived life to the fullest and was an inspiration to many.

Friends may call from 5-7 pm on Tuesday Oct 2, 2012 at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St Oneonta.

A funeral Mass will be offered at 10:15 am Wednesday, Oct 3, 2012 at St. Mary's Church 39 Walnut Street, Oneonta with Rev. Bernard Ampong, officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, 101 Main Street, Cooperstown NY 13326.

Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at

Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.


  • Visitation Tuesday, October 2, 2012
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, October 3, 2012

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Ashleigh Berard

October 11, 2012

Dear Coyle Family, I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers will be with you. Mike was almost like a second father when we were growing up, always at the soccer games and always encouraging me. I will cherish every memory spent with him and the family. He will defiantly be a well missed man. Ashleigh Berard

October 9, 2012

Dear Hazel,
I am deeply sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

Pat Berard Klein

October 8, 2012

Dear Hazel and children, We sincerely wish you comfort and peace during this sorrowful time.
Pat & Myrna Thayne

October 4, 2012

Dear Hazel and Family
Annie and I want send along our thoughts of loving concern for you during this time of trial.We will certainly have a chance to offer our wishes in a more personal way in the weeks ahead.
Alan and Annie Donovan

Tom Bentley

October 3, 2012

My thought and prayers go out to the family at this time of sorrow.
Tom Bentley ( an old Ilion neighbor)

October 3, 2012

Dear Hazel and family,
Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of Mike, our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Karen and Will Sullivan

patrick McAdams

October 3, 2012

our thoughts and prayers are with you, sincerely, the McAdams family

October 3, 2012

Hazel, Eileen and family,

Mike was a man who made an instant impression. Our deepest condolences on his passing.

Ron and Barb Dunadee

Diane Williams

October 2, 2012

I am so sorry for your tragic loss. Mike and I started working together at SUNY Oneonta in 1980 as Residence Hall Directors, and I have very fond memories of him and your lovely family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Diane (Dee) Williams

October 2, 2012

Dear Hazel and family,
Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

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