Tom Coyle

Coyle, Tom Of Tampa, Fla., passed away at his home Oct. 9, 2012. Tom was born in Dublin, Ireland, on March 12, 1950. He emigrated to Chicago on Dec. 27, 1958, with his mother and six siblings, joining their father, John, who had immigrated a year earlier. Including Tom, the Coyle family eventually grew to thirteen children, Margaret, Patsy (Johnston), Eleanor (Kruis), John, David, Joe, Stephen, Anne, Kevin, Brendan, Eamonn and Kelly. He was preceded in death by his mother, Nancy Anne Doyle; father, John; and brother, Brendan. Tom excelled in athletics at St. Helena of the Cross, Brother Rice High School and University of Michigan. A Chicago Tribune High School All-American, Tom was co-captain of the 1972 University of Michigan Rose Bowl team. Tom was inducted into both the Brother Rice High School Circle of Champions, Chicago Catholic League Coaches Association Hall of Fame and All American Football Foundation Hall of Fame. He also was a proud member of the University of Michigan Letterwinners M Club. Tom loved attending and playing football at Brother Rice High School and the University of Michigan. He loved his coaches Tom Mitchell and Bo Schembechler, the assistant coaches and all of his teammates. Many of Tom's teammates became lifelong friends with whom he stayed in touch and loved immeasurably. Tom is remembered as a modest and humble person who was a great brother, uncle and friend. Out of respect for both Tom's personality and his stated wishes, the Coyle family honored his request to have only a private family gathering at his home in Tampa, Fla. Condolences and cards may be sent to Tom Coyle c/o Margaret Coyle, 10602 S. Lawndale Avenue, Chicago, IL 60655. Anyone wishing to make a donation in Tom's memory may do so to the M Club "Alumni Scholarship Fund" and Brother Rice Athletics. Checks should be made to "Letterwinners M Club" with a footnote designating the "Alumni Scholarship Fund." Mail to: University of Michigan Letterwinners M Club, 1000 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2201. Checks should be made to "Brother Rice High School" with a footnote "Tom Coyle." Mail to: Jim Casey Brother Rice High School, 10001 S. Pulaski, Chicago, IL 60655.

Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Oct. 24, 2012