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Thomas J. Coyne

AGE: 62 • Morris Twp.

Multiple GRAMMY-winning mastering engineer

Thomas J. Coyne, 62, of Morris Township, N.J. passed away on April 12, 2017 after a long, hard-fought battle with multiple myeloma.

Family and friends are kindly invited to visit the Doyle Funeral Home, 106 Maple Avenue, Morristown on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Assumption, Morristown. Interment will be private.

Tom was born in Elizabeth, N.J. and grew up in Union, N.J. for his first 25 years. Tom graduated from Roselle Catholic High School and received his B.A. from Kean University.

As a prolific and trusted mastering engineer since the 1970's, Tom began his career at Frankford-Wayne Mastering Studios, NYC. He then spent five years at the Hit Factory, NYC before moving in 1994 to Sterling Sound, NYC. In 1998, he became a partner at Sterling Sound following a restructuring of the company.

Having earned a reputation as one of the most influential and respected engineers in the music industry, Tom was awarded six GRAMMYs for Album of the Year and Record of the Year for his work with Adele, Taylor Swift, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, and Sam Smith. He also won a Latin GRAMMY for Record of the Year with Marc Anthony.

Tom always shared with his family how much he loved mastering records. This passion was reflected in the work he did and the many friendships he formed within the music industry.

Tom was a longtime parishioner of Assumption Church and an active member of the Fathers' Club at Seton Hall Prep to which he was especially devoted. An avid golfer, Tom was known to play any weekend there wasn't snow on the ground. He was a member of the Knoll Country Club, Parsippany. Travelling worldwide with his family or business colleagues was always an adventure for Tom that he cherished.

Tom is probably best known for his wonderful sense of humor even in the face of adversity. He liked nothing more than to spend time with his family and good friends, laughing and enjoying a great meal.

He was predeceased by his father, Martin J. Coyne, Jr.

Tom is survived by his beloved wife of 37 years, Mary-Kay; his daughter, Briana, and son, Dillon, both of Morris Township; his mother, Margaret LaPenta of Vero Beach, Fla.; his sisters Nancy Coyne of Camden, Maine and Kathleen Coyne of San Diego, Calif. and his brother, Timothy Coyne of Parsippany, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Tom Coyne Multiple Myeloma Research Fund under the direction of Dr. Paul Richardson at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Contributions in Tom's memory will advance research and improve care for patients facing multiple myeloma. By mail: Dana-Farber, Attn: Elizabeth Morgan, 10 Brookline Place, Brookline, MA 024455 or http://www.myjimmyfundpage.org/give/thomascoyne.
Published in Daily Record on Apr. 17, 2017
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