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Patrick J. Coyne

Patrick Joseph Coyne of Chesterville passed away suddenly on March 26, 2008 at the Ottawa Heart Institute. He was 53.

Patrick graduated from Queen’s University in 1978 with anHonours B.A. in Canadian and British History, winning the GrattonO’Leary Prize in Canadian History. However, he was more than just ahistorian.

He was a farmer, co-owning his family’s homestead,Coyncrest Farms, with his brother Michael. He was a canal man of theMerrickville Locks, operated by Parks Canada. He was the author of thehistorical book, Reflections of the South Nation River, producedthrough South Nation Conservation. He was part of the First Person’sProgram at Upper Canada Village, operated by the St. Lawrence ParksCommission. He was a historical researcher and conservationist, servingas an avid member of the Chesterville and District Historical Society.He was an environmentalist, serving as a member on both the SouthNation Conservation Forestry Committee, and the Eastern Ontario ModelForest Board. 

Patrick was the son of the late Leo Coyne and Yvonne (neeCourville). He was the much loved brother of Sheila (David Howat),Leona Marie, and Michael (Frances). He was the dearest uncle of Emily,Ross, Cameron, Cynthia, Stephanie, Rebecca, and Brian. He was thespecial nephew of Rose Coyne, Kevin Coyne, and Mary Coyne, all ofSmiths Falls, Irene Coyne of Pickering, and Laurence Courville ofManotick. Many cousins, close friends and neighbours will sadly misshis unique style and compassion.

Family and friends paid their respects at the DanielsFuneral Chapels in Winchester on Fri., March 28. The funeral mass wascelebrated on Sat., March 29 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church inChesterville with Father Gillis officiating.

The pallbearers were David Howat, Martin Bonello, Greg Pietersma, Chris Chambers, Steven Kelly, and Tom Sirvage.

Donations may be made to Winchester District Memorial Hospital, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, or St. Mary’s Catholic Church.