December 6, 1934 - February 2, 2018
William Coyle passed away Friday, February 2nd in Dallas, Texas. Bill is survived by his wife, Gail, to whom he has been married 42 years.
Bill was born and raised in Rockville Center, NY. He began a deep, lifelong connection to Shelter Island with his family as a toddler, where he attended Mae Flood’s Nursery at Dr. Pettit’s Camp during the summers, which was located at the old Peconic Lodge where the Perlman Music Program is today. He continued his visits every year and as a teenager worked for Hap Bowditch Sr. building piers.
Bill attended Southern Methodist University, and played football as a starting tight end for the famed SMU Mustangs during their glory years. He and fellow fraternity members appeared in a photo in Life magazine. Bill graduated from SMU with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and then joined the Army, where he received the Army Commendation Medal.
After the Army, Bill worked with the newly formed Xerox corporation – a pioneer in imaging and digital technology whose Menlo Park operation invented applications and devices such as the mouse that are embedded in today’s digital life. After Xerox, Bill founded a commercial real estate company in Dallas. He and Gail were then able to spend most summer weekends on SI. After his retirement they spent all summers fully on Shelter Island.
Bill had a deep love of cars all his life. He was one of the original “Gearheads”. Bill helped classmates and friends fix their cars. He was an avid participant and fan of racing. He was a member of the Sports Car Club of America’s North Texas region. He first raced in a Chevy Corvette and then went on to race a Maserati Birdcage and Elva Courier Spider. He raced with and knew many famous auto racers in his day.
After he retired, Bill —ever the Gearhead — worked on his beloved vintage Cadillac convertible and enjoyed helping others with their cars. He also used his mechanical skills helping friends at Clark’s Marine solve engine problems. Bill also enjoyed working with Gail making and repairing cushions and covers for boats. He also loved tennis, fishing with his friends and, especially, the morning coffee klatch at Stars.
In lieu of flowers donations in his memory would be gratefully accepted at
Gideon’s International Processing Center
P.O. Box 97251
Washington, D.C. 20090-7251
Global Training Ministries:
Arrangements under the direction of:
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
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