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DOYLE, Dan, BA, M.Ed
1929 - 2015
A lifelong educator, coach and community builder in Coquitlam, Dan was a much respected biology teacher with a passion to initiate high school athletics and community recreation. Following graduation from UBC in 1953, Dan helped put high school sports, and especially football, on the map in British Columbia. He was a founding member of the Coquitlam Secondary Athletic Association, and co-author of the constitution establishing BC School Sports, the governing body of high school competitive sports in the province today. A leader, teacher, coach and vice-principal at Como Lake Secondary and its successor, Centennial Secondary School, for which he established new paradigms of organization, Dan built high school football in Coquitlam starting at Como Lake in 1954, and later being instrumental in Centennial winning the inaugural provincial high school football championship in 1966 during what became his 33 year active coaching career. In Coquitlam, the football Junior Varsity District Championship trophy is awarded in Dan's name. In addition, with his reverence to sport as a way of life, the Doyle Award, now in its 59th year, is presented annually to the student athlete(s) at Centennial that most demonstrate the physical, mental and moral character seen as fulfilling this way of life. Dan was recognized as a pioneer by the BC Lions, and was an inaugural inductee to the Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame. He remained active in the BC Secondary Schools Football Association that he founded. Dan's two decades of volunteer engagement included bringing to life a civic parks and recreation structure in Coquitlam. He was the first Chairman of Coquitlam's Parks and Recreation Commission, later to become a department of municipal government. Despite his public roles, Dan was perhaps most happy to work behind the scenes in support of sports and community projects and to mentor those who would later become role models themselves in education and within the community at large. He took great pride in seeing a number of his players follow him into education, start sports programs of their own or be successful in various chosen fields. Dan had a demeanour that was welcoming and encouraging to all who crossed his path in life. Home life remained as reverential as the community engagement of his professional endeavours. His commitment to family was absolute. Into their 60th year of marriage, Dan is survived by his wife Alleyne; son Jess; and brothers Bob, Norman and Gordon. He was predeceased by brothers Bernie and Ben. The family asks that you refrain from contacting them directly. Memorial on April 25, 2015 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Como Lake School, 1121 King Albert Ave., Coquitlam. Tax deductible donations toward replacing the scoreboard at Centennial can be made to: Centennial School, 570 Poirier Street Coquitlam, BC V3J 6A8, Tel. 604-936-7205.


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Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Apr. 18 to Apr. 19, 2015.
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27 entries
January 15, 2020
I attended Como Lake Junior and Senior High School, graduating in 1964. Dan was my Grade 10 science teacher and football coach. I liked and respected how Dan made you work hard to achieve what he expected from you while provided excellent feedback, guidance, and encouragement. He will be sorely missed and especially by me. May he Rest In Peace.
James Marlow
Student
September 5, 2019
Danny Doyle
Dan attended our class reunion Aug 27, 2010 at the school we loved so much...COMO!
Dave Belcher
September 5, 2019
Dan was my Home room teacher and Biology teacher at Como in the 1950's and 60's. Last saw him at our 50 anniversary reunion in 2010. Dan was also football coach.
Dave Belcher
April 16, 2019
I have a picture of Dan on my study wall. It shows Dan, on his knees, drawing a play on the wet ground, at one of our high school football practices. In later years I remember being at a Saint Patricks Day Function, with Dan, when Dan's brother Bernie got up to the microphone and sang ' O Danny Boy'. We all looked over at Dan and he had tears streaming down his face. Tough coach with a touching heart. How can I not forget such a dedicated and caring man.
Don Melien
Friend
May 12, 2015
I am so sorry to hear about your dad, Jess. Please accept my sympathy for your loss. I have fond memories of visiting you and your parents in the early 80's. I feel lucky that I had an opportunity to get to know your dad after I graduated from Centennial. Sending you love and a wish for peace.
Anita Bianchi (Fodor)
May 7, 2015
It makes to smile to think of the laughs Mr. Doyle is now sharing with his late colleagues from District 43, my dad included. I remember seeing him in his cool old car ahead of us as I was being driven to Como Lake and he was enroute to Centennial. A great life!
Barbara Grant, Centennial 1987.
May 3, 2015
I went to school with Jess from elementary school. Mr Doyle was the principal when we went to Centennial. I found him to be kind, positive and a good man. My condolences to the family. On behalf of the group of girls you went to school with from elementary, Jess, we are sorry for your loss.
Cory (Stitilis) O'Brien
May 2, 2015
Tyla and I were unable to attend the memorial for Dan. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Alleyne and Jess. I will miss my oldest brother and cherish my memories of him.
For when the One Great Scorer comes To write against your name, He marks- not that you won or lost- But how you played the game.
Dan played the game well and is remembered that way.
Gordon Doyle
April 28, 2015
As one of the Doyles, I'd like to add a giant thank you to everyone who attended the memorial gathering on April 25, and to the team of volunteers who helped set up the gym and the cafeteria for the gathering of guests. I see there are a few of you who have singed this message board. Please pass along a Doyle thanks to others, too. We are very grateful for the generous amount of help and kindness extended by so many people. Very best wishes for good health and happiness to all of you.
Ben Doyle
April 27, 2015
It was always great to see Dan and Alleyne along with Jess at times come into McDonald's faithfully for their 2 coffees, 1 Fruit and Fibre Muffin along with the Province Newspaper. Dan you touched so many people in our community and will be missed. Thank you for taking the time to talk to everyone at McDonald's when you came in, you shared some great stories.
Corrie Noble
April 23, 2015
April 23 2015

I went to Como Lake High School in the later 1950's and early 1960's. Mr. Doyle was a huge presence in my School life and especially as my favourite Biology Teacher. I loved that subject and much of that was due to his confidence in me and his expectations. He will always be 'the teacher' who made a difference in my life.

Deanna (Fossum) Powell, Kamloops BC
April 23, 2015
Dan was an inspiration to me and many other teachers who were privileged to work with him. Sincere condolences to Alleyne and Jess.
John Gould
April 21, 2015
A wonderful man and a great coach. He taught everyone including me a lot about life. I will never forget him. RIP.
Don Melien
April 21, 2015
I attended Como Lake HS during the early sixties. I played football and was one of the team captains under Coach Doyle.Dan was a great motivator that instilled confidence, respect and hard work from his players. Dan loved football and had the ability to bring players with different backgrounds and skill sets to work together as a team. Dan idol was Paul"Bear" Bryant coach of Alabama from 1958 to 1982. He followed his idol's approach to football. All students and players that had contact with Dan will miss him dearly. Dan loved his family. My sincere condolences to his wife and family.
George Caron
April 21, 2015
Some people you expect to live forever...so it was a surprise and a shock to hear of Dan's passing. Yet in this case, Dan's memory and legacy will continue to shine. Growing up, Dan, Alleyne and Jess were wonderful next door neighbours. I hope to see you again on Saturday.
Ron Monk
April 20, 2015
Dan was a born educator & football coach. He was a sincere friend & family guy.Harriet & Cliff Van Alstyne
Harriet & Cliff Van Alstyne
April 20, 2015
Centennial Class of 87" - A true legacy to the City of Coquitlam. Class act.
Jennifer Velthuijzen
April 19, 2015
My heartfelt sympathy to Aleyne and family and to Dan's brothers. I have wonderful memories of my years at Coquitlam High. Marlene (Kaila) Hahn
April 19, 2015
Como Lake/ Centennial legend. Dan was a sensitive, intelligent coach who loved the game,the players, the community - loved the whole concept of football, sports and high school. He made a profound contribution to the lives of countless young people and friends.
Jim Nelson
April 19, 2015
A friend , my teacher ,a colleague,my mentor,my coach.Dan did a lot of things for his community, his school ,his students ,his players and the sport of football and athletics in Coquitlam and B. C.A very special person
Ray Towers
April 19, 2015
Dan was my uncle, my late father's oldest brother. Uncle Dan was always enthusiastic and cheerful whenever I saw him. He had a gift for being upbeat and positive when he spoke to people, and he was a very interesting storyteller, which I believe was due to the fact he was kind, wise and well-read. He could recount chapters in history with ease and did so while sharing his perspective. I'd say he was a natural teacher, and I know he was highly respected for what he brought to others. Bless you, uncle Dan, aunt Alleyne and cousin Jess. Love,
Ben
Ben Doyle
April 18, 2015
Centennial Class of '75, I spent a lot of time with Coach Doyal on the football field. Thanks Coach.
Flynn Lamont
April 18, 2015
Mr Doyle, I knew you all my life - first as my parents' friend and classmate and then as my Vice Principal at Centennial Secondary School (1972 to 1974). Congratulations on a life well lived. Rest in Peace.
Caroline (LeClair) Darts
April 18, 2015
A great friend and leader.my condolences .A great friend and leader
Jack Covey
April 18, 2015
I was a Como Lake student (class of 59) and have many fond memories of Dan. He was my home room teacher one senior year, and he "encouraged" us guys to go out for football. Me, a total non-jock, tried it out. Other than facefulls of mud and fingers poked in eyes, it was a great experience. When I was setting up the class reunion in 2009, Dan came to several of the meetings, added great insight, and spoke beautifully at the reunion. I posted a photo in Everett McGowin's memorial page of Dan speaking and Everett enjoying it immensely. God bless, Dan, and RIP. You leave many friends behind.
Wilmer Fawcett
April 18, 2015
OI rode with Dan to UBC and remained friends throughout the years in Coquitlam. I will always remember him and I will miss him.
David Welsford
April 18, 2015
For ever looking down off that step ladder with love.
Wilfred Phillips
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