Ralph Coyne

Ralph M. Coyne

Wednesday, December 6th, 1939 - Saturday, June 13th, 2020
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Ralph “Mousie” M. Coyne, born 6 December 1939 in Bennington, VT to William F. and Eleanor Mathers Coyne. He received most of his education in Bennington, VT at St Francis de Sales Academy and Bennington High School. He graduated with the last class at Cathedral High School in Burlington, Vermont in 1958.

Ralph joined the Navy after graduating and received his training at Great Lakes, IL. He then was stationed at the Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, VA, then at the Naval Air Station in Naples, Italy. Upon returning to Bennington he worked at Horst Dairy, Ruskin's Taxi, custodian at Bennington Elementary school, the Vermont Veterans Home and 20 years at Vermont Container Corporation as a truck driver. After leaving Vermont Container he drove truck cross-country and retired in 1999 after being injured in an accident.

Ralph (known as Mouse) was a member of the Bennington Fire Department for 25 years, serving both in the Putnam Hose and Bradford Hook and Ladder Company where he was elected as President, Secretary and Foreman (now called Captain) for many years. He attended the Vermont State Fire Academy and became a Certified Fire Instructor, teaching throughout the state at fire schools.

With lots of help he designed and built the first mobile training unit for breathing apparatus for the fire service in the state.

In his early years Mouse coached Little League with Northeast Wood Products and A & W . He attended Umpire School in Williamsport, PA and became a certified instructor. He enjoyed fishing and camping on the White River and taking his nieces, nephews and friends hiking the Long Trail from the Massachusetts border to Camel's Hump in Burlington, VT.

Ralph is survived by two daughters, Jennifer Sweet and companion Bob Russell and Michele and Timothy Burdo, both of Pownal; five grandchildren, Tiesha Marie Sweet and companion Ethan Olin, Jacob Forcier, Dylan Russell, Kienan Burdo , Jacob Burdo; five great -grandchildren , Noah, Natalie, Nixon and Nyles Olin and Carter Forcier; a sister, Kathryn Brown of Randlett, OK; a brother, Thomas of Shaftsbury; his friend and companion of 50 years, Barb Hurley and children Tonia Moore and Kris Callaert and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ralph was predeceased by eight siblings, Helena Powell, Mary Pat Livingston, Gertrude Estes,
Milton, John, Stephen, Gregory and Edward Coyne; by a granddaughter Ayden Burdo; and a nephew Carlton “Beaver” Coyne.

At Ralph's request there will be no services held. There will be a family gathering announced at a later date.

Should friends desire memorial contributions in Ralph Coyne’s memory, they may be made to the American foundation of suicide prevention Capital Region walk for RITA Team: Roses 4 Ayden through the office of Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.

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Posted at 07:17pm
It's been so many years but I recognized that picture right away... RIP Mouse

Gerrie Laflamme

Posted at 10:59am
RIP Mouse my friend, you will always be in mine and Gary's memories for you were a friend and like a big brother to me. We had a lot of adventures with you with Gary and my kids and you were always there for us if we needed you. We will see each other again

Paul jo D.

Posted at 09:30pm
Rest easy " mouse " thanks for all the good memories of my younger years of taking me up to white river to go fishing & spending time with you & your nephews paul jo & Davie coyne and the rest of the white river coyne crew it was the best time of my life fishing on the island & crossing the water in the Wagoner love " paul jo D. "

Anna Behan

Posted at 09:21pm
So sorry to hear of Mousie's passing. I think of all the years with the fire dept. I think now of the fire department years and remember how supportive he was to John when he was going through the steps to the chief chair. Eddie in the PD and Ralph in the BFD, always thought of fondly by me and as friends of John. God Bless you Ralph.

Patricia Curtis

Posted at 02:14pm
We are so sad to learn of Mousies death He taught Dick everythingl he knew about firefighting.Dick. Always said there was three people he'd go in a burning building Ricky Knapp Mousie and Donny Myers.Our heart felt symphonies go out to your family.Til we meet again Mousies.

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