COYNE, Edward J. Sr., long time Wheeling resident and local business founder, died on July 7, 2013 at the age of 83.
Ed Coyne was born February 13, 1930 in Wheeling, WV. He was the son of Patrick J. Coyne and Anna Marie Tuttle Coyne of Wheeling. Ed was born and grew up in Wheeling. He attended Sacred Heart Grade School and Wheeling Central Catholic High School where he played several sports, including basketball. He attended Alderson Broadus College in Phillipi, WV on a basketball scholarship where he played basketball for four years and received a B.S. degree in business administration and physical education.
Ed returned to Wheeling, WV and enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma from 1953 to 1955. When he returned to Wheeling, he met and married Elizabeth “Betty” Jane Bellville in 1958. Ed and Betty raised five children Colleen, Edward II, Erin, Kevin and Sheila.
Ed’s business career began at PPG Industries in 1956 where he was a business manager with PPG until 1965. Subsequently, Ed held positions in Beaumont, Texas, New York, New York, and Joliet, Illinois while working with Mobil Oil Corporation. After years of being away from their hometown, Ed and Betty chose to return to Wheeling, WV in 1974 with their family, where they began Tri-State Petroleum Corporation, a family-owned convenience store operator and wholesale distributor of motor fuels in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania which operates convenience stores and services Marathon and BP branded accounts and commercial and industrial accounts within the three-state area. Ed continued to serve as the president and chairman of Tri-State Petroleum Corporation until his retirement, at which time he continued to serve as Chairman Emeritus.
In addition to Ed’s dynamic business career, in 1956, while working at PPG, Ed also volunteered as the head coach of the first men’s basketball team at Wheeling Jesuit University. Ed coached at Wheeling Jesuit from 1957 until 1961 with an overall record of 36 wins and 47 losses. Some of the games played included games against the WVU Mountaineers, which included an opponent named Jerry West, as well as a victory over Duquesne. Ed was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Alderson Broadus College in 1999 and the Athletic Hall of Fame at Wheeling Jesuit University in 2005. In 2011, Ed received an honorary doctorate degree in business administration from Wheeling Jesuit University.
During Ed’s lifetime he was actively involved in the community. He served on the Board of Directors of Linsly Institute, Wheeling Hospital, First National Bank, Wheeling Jesuit College. Ed was an active member of St. Michael’s Parish. Ed was a champion of education in the local communities. He worked with local schools and community leaders through the Education Alliance Grant Program sponsored by ExxonMobil Corporation to help raise over $150,000 in educational grants for schools in Allegheny County and the Ohio Valley.
Ed was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Coyne, his brothers, Bernard and John Coyne. He is survived by his extra-special, very best friend and companion, Cathy Abraham, his sister, Margaret Conner of Fredericksburg, VA, his children, Colleen C. McGlinn (Paul), Edward Coyne II, Erin C. Merrick (Steve), Kevin P. Coyne, and Sheila C. Romanek (Michael). He is also survived by his nine grandchildren, McKenna, Killian, and Kierney Coyne, Clare and Lydia McGlinn, Christopher, Meredith and Elizabeth Romanek, Anna Merrick, and several nieces, nephews and dear lifelong friends.
Friends received 2-4 and 6-8 Wednesday at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 154 Kruger Street, Wheeling, where Vigil services will be held at 7:30 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 11, 2013, at St. Michael Catholic Church, Wheeling, and officiated by Most Reverend Bishop Michael J. Bransfield and Rev. Jeremiah McSweeney.
Entombment with military honors in Mount Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dialysis Memorial Fund and mailed to Community Foundation of the Ohio Valley, P.O. Box 670, Wheeling WV 26003.
Condolences may be offered online at www.altmeyer.com.