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November 7, 2013
Thomas Aquinas Coyle, 76, of Minersville, passed away Thursday evening.
Born in Lost Creek, West Mahanoy Township, June 1, 1937, Thomas was a son of the late John V. and Marie C. McAndrews Coyle Sr.
Thomas graduated from the Girardville High School in 1955 and attended Wyoming Seminary Post Graduate Prep School in 1956.
Thomas then accepted a football scholarship to the University of Detroit, played varsity baseball and graduated in 1961.
Thomas served in the Navy Reserves.
Thomas was a member of MENSA, and, from 1961 to 1966, he worked for IBM.
Thomas had a strong entrepreneurial spirit and in 1966 started his own company, Systems Associates Inc. The company developed the first banking and trust systems for 400 of the top 600 banks in the U.S., with offices in Reading, New York, Chicago and Washington D.C.. Thomas was a pioneer in developing the first talking bank program called Audio Response, and he developed the first credit card processing system for Bank of America. He later sold this company to a company in Silicon Valley, Calif.
In 1971 Thomas founded Systems II Corp. and continued developing computer software for the banking, manufacturing, medical, and transportation industries. Thomas also taught computer courses at Penn State Schuylkill and Alvernia College. Recently Tom spoke for the Science & Energy Club (NEPA) program, introducing middle school children to engineering careers and the power of entrepreneurship.
In addition to loving the outdoors and being an avid hunter, fisherman and golfer, he lived for his wife, children and grandchildren. He volunteered countless hours at the Schuylkill County Council for the Arts. Thomas was an intense sports fan and enjoyed following the sporting activities of his grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John V. Coyle Jr.; and a grandson, Zachary Thomas Coyle, who passed in 2002.
Surviving to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 52 years, Sandra Lee Clayton Coyle; a loving daughter, Caroline E. Coyle, San Diego, Calif.; two loving sons, Timothy C. and his wife, Catherine, Pottsville, Michael T. and his wife, Christine, Bethesda, Md.; six grandchildren, Ryan, Patrick, Caitlin, Aidan, Elizabeth and Nolan; two brothers, Monsignor Edward Coyle, Most Blessed Sacrament Church, Bally, and Gerald Coyle, Girardville; a sister-in-law, Elizabeth "Betty" Coyle; two nephews, Michael and John Coyle; and his godmother, Eileen Moeller; and many beloved cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville. His brother, Monsignor Edward Coyle, will be officiating, assisted by Sandra's pastor, the Reverend Bradley Shutt, of the First United Methodist Church, Pottsville. A viewing will be held Tuesday at the Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home, Sixth and West Market streets, Pottsville, from 6 to 9 p.m. Memorial contributions can be made in to the Schuylkill County Council for the Arts, 1440 Mahantongo Street, Pottsville, PA 17901.
Published in Republican & Herald on Nov. 10, 2013
Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home
6th & West Market Sts. Pottsville, PA 17901