November 9, 1939 - February 28, 2013
Resident of Hayward
Patricia Coyne succumbed to a sudden, massive stroke at Eden Hospital in Castro Valley on February 28th at the age of 73. Born to Jack and Rae Coyne in 1939, Patricia grew up in Oakland, attending St. Elizabeth Elementary School and High School, and spending many hours observing her father umpire baseball teams in the Pacific Coast League. Patricia worked her way through San Francisco State University by waiting tables in the coffee shop of Kahn's - Rhode's Dept. Store, becoming the first person in her family to obtain a college degree in 1962.
Upon graduation, she went to work at United California Bank. A year later the SEHS Dean of Girls, Sr. Mary Albert, offered her a job as a physical education teacher. Patricia accepted and spent the next 41 years coaching girls' sports, teaching math, serving as athletic director and - after obtaining a master's degree - serving as dean of students and vice-principal. An advocate for equity in sports for girls long before Title IX, Patricia, along with other Catholic women coaches established the Girls Catholic Athletic League which eventually became the California Catholic Athletic League.
Patricia was truly a force to be reckoned with. She was outspoken, at times single-minded and patience - other than with students - was not her strong suit. Yet, she was a warm, witty, fun-loving, caring, generous, wise woman who loved sunsets and the ocean. Also creative and clever, she stayed busy in retirement working on home improvement projects influenced by watching many hours of HGTV and DIY television shows. Patricia loved reading the crime novels of Grafton, Cornwell, and Evanovich as well as watching shows of that genre on television. She could tell you "who done it" early on in each show.
Preceding Patricia in death were her grandparents, Patrick and Nora Coyne; her parents, Jack and Rae Coyne; and her aunt, Theresa Coyne who passed away this past November. She is survived by her sister, Joan Coyne Souza of San Leandro and by her partner of twenty-five years, Michelle Borba, as well as by many cousins and a plethora of friends.
Family and friends are invited to attend a viewing on Wed., March 6th from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a Vigil at 6:30 p.m. at Jess C. Spencer Mortuary, 21228 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley. A funeral mass will be said on Thurs., March 7th at Saint Elizabeth Church, 1500 - 34th Ave. in Oakland at 10:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to: The Pat Coyne Woman's Scholar Athlete Endowed Scholarship (ONLY) at St. Elizabeth High School, 1530 - 34th Ave., Oakland, CA 94601, or Girls, Inc. at 13366 East 14th St., San Leandro, CA 94578, or the American Heart/Stroke Association at 426 - 17th St., Suite 300, Oakland, CA 94612.
Published in Inside Bay Area on Mar. 3, 2013