Minerva: Clifford Edwin Coyle Jr. 87 passed away peacefully Sunday, November 14, 2021. Clifford was born in Jersey City, NJ the son of the late Clifford E and Margaret Coyle and grew up in Staten Island, where he graduated from Curtis High School and met his wife, Marian.
Clifford was also predeceased by his sister Patricia D’Addesa and son-in-law, Robert J. Dougherty.
Clifford was known as being the youngest lifeguard at New Dorp Beach in Staten Island: continuing his love of helping people he enlisted in the US Army where he fought in the Korean War, he then joined the NJ State Trooper’s shortly after. As a Trooper, he was decorated with many awards and achievements for his service. He retired to Minerva, NY in 1989 where he lived the rest of his life around many family members and friends in the place that he loved the most, the Adirondack Mountains. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Olmstedville, where he became the oldest “Altar Boy” until age 86, which he was very proud of.
Clifford will be remembered for his amazing stories, telling anyone he could about his time in the Army or his time as a Narcotics Detective; his love for his family, giving everyone their own unique, rhyming nickname; using his “Duck Voice” any chance he could, especially with the Great-Grandchildren; his love of music, blasting Glen Miller Band or Irish music first thing in the morning to wake everyone in the house; his knack for fixing anything, “it’s never as easy as it seems”, his love of skiing, especially at Gore Mountain with his family; his uncommon phone greeting, “Moshi Moshi Anone!”; and mostly his love of peanut butter, he would eat peanut butter on anything.
He is survived by his wife, Marian, his daughters Cynthia Dougherty, Corrine Coyle (Kevin Gurtler), Colleen (Robert) Hanley, Granddaughter’s, Jennifer (Eddy) Rivera, Diana Pace, Ryan (Joseph) Porter, and Breanne Hanley, Grandson’s, Robert Dougherty, Charles Pace, Clifford (Lynnette) Pace, Kyle (Kaitlin) Hanley, niece’s Janice Kohrman, Carolyn Hakim, and Lisa Zambas, Nephew, Robert (Starla) Kohrman, as well as many Great Grandchildren whom he loved dearly.
A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday morning November 20, 2021, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Olmstedville, interment with Military Honors will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Irishtown.
The family suggests memorials take to form of donations to the Minerva Volunteer Fire Department and Emergency Squad, or your local VFW.