Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home Obituaries

Chief John D. Coyle, Jr., 91, on November 10, 2022

John Daly “Jack” Coyle, Jr., 91, Retired North Attleboro Chief of Police passed away peacefully Thursday, November 10, 2022, at Hope Health Hospice Center in Providence, RI. He was the beloved husband of Anita (Burke) Coyle.

Born in North Attleboro, MA on August 7, 1931, he was the loving son of the late John and Kathleen (Spillane) Coyle, and was a lifelong resident of North Attleboro.

Jack was a Korean War veteran, serving his country proudly in the United States Navy for two tours. He received several medals and campaign awards during his combat time in Korea. Upon completion, he joined the Marine Corps Reserves until 1954.  Chief Coyle entered the police service in 1954. He was appointed Deputy Sheriff for the Bristol County Drug Enforcement Unit in 1966. He advanced through the ranks of the police department and was appointed Chief of Police in 1970, a post he held until retiring in 1999. 

He was a life member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Massachusetts Chiefs Association-President in 1981, Southeastern Massachusetts Chiefs Association-President in 1975, New England Association of Chiefs of Police-President in 1981, and Executive Director 1983-2020. In recognition of his long-time service to the association and the Law Enforcement profession, Jack remained with the association as Executive Director Emeritus until 2022.

He was a member of the Sons of Irish Kings, the Chosen Few, the Marine Corps Association, and Hibernians. In 1992 was granted Dual Citizenship in the Republic of Ireland.

Besides his beloved wife of 66 years, Anita, he leaves his devoted children, Patrick Coyle of Milwaukie, Oregon, Sara Coyle-Caruso and her husband Jack of North Attleboro, and Katherine Cavalieri and her husband Bill of North Attleboro. He is survived by his five cherished grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was the dear brother of Brian Coyle and his wife Lee of North Attleboro, Michael Coyle and his wife Sandy of North Attleboro, and Ann Johnson and her husband Robert of Narraganset, RI. He also leaves many nieces and nephews.

He was the father of the late John Coyle and Daniel Coyle. He was the brother of the late Timothy "Tippy" Coyle and brother-in-law of the late Cynthia "Cindy" Coyle.

Visitation, to which relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend, will be held on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 from 4:00-7:00 PM in the Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove Street, North Attleboro. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 11:00 AM in Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church (Transfiguration of the Lord Parish), 14 Park Street, North Attleboro, with the Reverend David Costa officiating. Interment will follow the Mass in Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Attleboro Falls.  Military and police honors will be accorded.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Jack’s name to HopeHealth Hulitar Hospice Center, by sending a check or money order to 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904 or by visiting www.hopehealthco.org.