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 an Honours B.A. in Canadian and British History, winning the Gratton O’Leary Prize in Canadian History. However, he was more than just a historian.
He was a farmer, co-owning his family’s homestead, Coyncrest Farms, with his brother Michael. He was a canal man of the Merrickville Locks, operated by Parks Canada. He was the author of the historical book, Reflections of the South Nation River, produced through South Nation Conservation. He was part of the First Person’s Program at Upper Canada Village, operated by the St. Lawrence Parks Commission. He was a historical researcher and conservationist, serving as an avid member of the Chesterville and District Historical Society. He was an environmentalist, serving as a member on both the South Nation Conservation Forestry Committee, and the Eastern Ontario Model Forest Board.
Patrick was the son of the late Leo Coyne and Yvonne (nee Courville). 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 the special nephew of Rose Coyne, Kevin Coyne, and Mary Coyne, all of Smiths Falls, Irene Coyne of Pickering, and Laurence Courville of Manotick. Many cousins, close friends and neighbours will sadly miss his unique style and compassion.
Family and friends paid their respects at the Daniels Funeral Chapels in Winchester on Fri., March 28. The funeral mass was celebrated on Sat., March 29 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Chesterville 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.