William Coyne, retired long-time congressman from Pittsburgh, dies
November 3, 2013 4:22 PM
William Coyne answers questions in 1990 from constituents at Mercy Hospital. The long-time congressman died this weekend of complications from a fall.
William Coyne in his office at the time of his retirement after 22 years in Congress. He died this weekend at age 77.
By Don Hopey / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
William Coyne, 77, the quiet Democratic congressman who represented the Pittsburgh area for 22 years, from 1980 to 2003, has died.
Mr. Coyne, an Oakland resident, died early this morning of complications from a fall that occurred two months ago, according to Jamie Rooney, his longtime executive assistant.
“Bill was in good health until he fell and hit his head, very good shape,” said Mr. Rooney.
Services are being handled by John A. Freyvogel Sons Inc. funeral home in Shadyside but are incomplete.
Often described as affable, but quiet and self-effacing, Mr. Coyne was an old-fashioned liberal who had a number of behind-the-scenes successes on the House Ways and Means Committee, including earned income tax credits for the poor and industrial development bonds for cities. He also had an admirable record of constituent service.
Don Hopey: email@example.com or 412-263-1983.