Vincent M. Coyne, 59: Long-time West End resident, business owner

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PORTLAND — Vincent Martin “Vinny” Coyne, 59, died June 17 at Maine Medical Center with his loving family by his side.

Born May 22, 1951, he was a a son of Irish immigrants Joseph E. and Sarah (Donahue) Coyne.

After he graduated in 1970 from Portland High School, he attended the University of Southern Maine.

On Sept. 29, 1973, he married Margaret Ann Whitney at St. Pius X Church.

Following school, he worked at Coyne’s Restaurant before he purchased a variety store and apartment building in Portland, and other properties in Portland’s West End neighborhood.

In 1999 he renovated his variety store in the West End and opened Coyne’s Laundromat, where he truly enjoyed being a part of the West End community.

He loved politics and was passionate about history.

A lifelong athlete, he was an avid golfer and loved swimming several times a week with the Master’s Program at Riverton Pool.

He enjoyed visiting his daughter in Washington, D.C. and working with his son on real estate projects.

A dog lover, he had several dogs and always kept a water dish and dog biscuits at the laundromat for the neighborhood dogs.

He was predeceased by his parents, and a brother, John E. Coyne, in 2001.

Surviving are his wife of 36 years, Margaret of Portland; a daughter, Christine Ann Coyne and fiance Michael Sean Fay of Alexandria, Va., and a son, Kevin Martin Coyne of Portland; a sister, Mary Kane and her husband Vincent of Limington, and three brothers, Joseph Coyne and his wife Edwardine of Madison, Conn., Francis Coyne of Portland, and Richard Coyne and his wife Marie of Portland; several nieces and nephews; and cousins.

Visiting hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 22, at Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State St., Portland. A 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, June 23, at St. Joseph’s Church, 672 Stevens Ave., Portland.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Portland Division, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 23312.

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