Frank COYNE Jr.

Family-Placed Death Notice

COYNE, Frank, Jr. FRANK MONROE COYNE, JR. Frank Monroe Coyne, Jr. died on December 7, 2012 at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, TN. Born on December 4, 1943 at St Joseph's Infirmary in Atlanta to Etta Taylor Coyne and Frank Monroe Coyne, Sr., Frank grew up in Buckhead and attended R.L. Hope Elementary School and North Fulton High School. A lifelong resident of the greater Atlanta area, he was a proud member of the Buckhead Boys. Frank graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a BME degree in 1966, where he belonged to the Lamda Chi Alpha fraternity. He served with the First Cavalry Division of the Army in Viet Nam, where he achieved the rank of Captain and was awarded the Bronze Star. Frank spent 40 years in the mechanical engineering field, obtaining his Professional Engineer, HVAC, Master Plumber and Master Electrician licenses in five states. He was a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), serving as past President of the Atlanta chapter. He was a member of Mt Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, where he attended the Thompson Fellowship Sunday school class, the PEP club and the veterans group. His passion was engaging in weekly garage sale searches for items to contribute to the troops and the homeless. Frank was a problem-solver in all aspects of his life; if he knew that anyone, stranger, family or friend, was faced with a challenge, no matter how big or small, he tried to help. He had a smile and an open heart for everyone he met; if you came to his table, he would feed you; if you parked in his driveway, he would wash your car. He treasured all his friends, from childhood playmates through the nurses who helped in the final stages of his life. He was intensely curious about how things worked, and loved to try to figure things out on his own. He loved celebrations, and could make the most ordinary event into something special. He was a wonderful storyteller, and will be best remembered for his "Coyne-y" sense of humor, his infectious smile, and the wink of his Irish eyes. He is survived by his beloved wife, Deborah Tamarri Coyne, and his children: Laura Turner (Atlanta), Travis Coyne and wife Amanda (Brevard, NC), Kristin Thorson (Alachua, FL), Melanie Coyne and husband Alex Stephens (Charlotte, NC), Becky and Hut Carspecken (Marietta) and Libby and Ben Boise (Marietta); his grandchildren Sam and Maggie Coyne and Harris and Luke Carspecken; his sister Camilla and her husband Stumpy Tomberlin; his nephews David Tomberlin and his partner Rusty Cronin (Tupper Lake, NY), and Donald Tomberlin (Atlanta); and his first wife Portia Farley Coyne and her companion Paul Teter (Atlanta). Frank was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Dr. Anita Coyne Adams. In lieu of flowers, donations to the or the Mt Bethel Project Mail Call ( projectmailcall/) would be appreciated. A celebration of life service will be held at 1:30 pm on December 14th at Mt Bethel United Methodist Church, 4385 Lower Roswell Rd, Marietta GA 30068.

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Dec. 12 to Dec. 13, 2012