Of Hyde Park, formerly of Dorchester, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family, on Saturday, October 14, 2023 after a brief illness.
Brian was born the third of eight children to the late Edward J. and Shirley (Carr) Coyne. He was raised in St. Margaret’s Parish in Dorchester and was a 1977 graduate of Boston Technical High School. In 1988 he met his wife Margee while working at Patty’s Pantry together. The two were married 34 years ago on 9/9/89 - which was declared Brian and Margee Day by then Mayor Ray Flynn. They shared a love for the ages, a love that was apparent to anyone who knew them.
His devotion to his three children, Kyle, Bella, and Christian was equally strong. When they were young he loved to coach their sports teams, chaperone their field trips, and take them for drives. If Brian was taking the kids to Castle Island, Canobie Lake, or the zoo, friends were always welcome and no one would be left behind - the infamous purple Barney Mobile seated seven after all (nine if you took the seats out). He especially instilled a love for baseball and the Red Sox in his children and shared many cherished memories with them at Fenway, both inside and outside the park. Though he wasn’t able to get lucky with tickets to the 2003 ALCS, Brian and the kids were able to get on TV thanks to the inflatable leprechaun costume he wore as they strolled down Lansdowne.
Besides the Sox, he was a passionate Patriots fan, and loved spending football Sundays with family and friends at his brother David and sister-in-law Kelly’s house nearby in Readville. Fall was for football and recent summers were all about lazy days at his cottage in East Wakefield, NH, with his sister Sharon’s cottage right next door. They’d spend hours floating on the dock, sipping IPAs, smoking cigars, and playing cards.
Brian was an incredibly hard worker who always wanted to take care of his family. He spent 30 years as an employee of the US Postal Service beginning as a letter carrier then working night shifts when the kids were very young, before eventually becoming a supervisor. As a supervisor and manager at branches including Mattapan, Hyde Park, and most recently East Weymouth, Brian always wanted to do right by his employees and would often bring in his griddle to make full breakfasts to show his appreciation for his team.
Brian was well-known for his sense of humor, and could deliver a killer one-liner. He was a champion of the underdog, and always a voice of reason. “Sunshine and blue skies,” he liked to say - his way of saying “don’t worry”. Brian was a good man who was loved, yes, but also truly liked by his family, friends, and coworkers.
“Briguy” will be profoundly missed and lovingly remembered.
In addition to his beloved wife Margherita, he is survived by his children, Kyle J. Coyne, Gabriella G. Coyne and Christian F. Coyne, all of Boston; his siblings, Nancy Kisiel of Florida, Steven Coyne of New Hampshire, Sharon Coyne of Dorchester, David and his wife, Kellyanne Coyne of Hyde Park, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, the late Edward J. and Shirley A. (Carr) Coyne and three siblings, the late Michael, Teresa and Kevin Coyne.
Family and friends will honor and remember Brian's life by gathering for Visiting Hours in the Murphy Funeral Home, 1020 Dorchester Ave., DORCHESTER, on Friday, October 20, 2023, from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Anne Church, 90 West Milton St., Readville, on Saturday morning, October 21, at 11:00am.
Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Brian’s memory may be made to the Greater Boston Food Bank.