Pictured in 1946’ish – Mary, John Francis, Alma Olive, Denis & John Coyle.
“Within me of late there is something that I hate,
I just feel like hoisting myself out the gate.
My folks in the home are well-meaning and kind,
To their good deeds and words I’ve almost been blind.
But they don’t understand my condition today
My health has gone haywire, my nerves are astray.
I strive to be calm, then a poor tortured brain
Works me up to a point that could drive me insane.
But in the near furture, please God I’ll be found
Bringing Peace, Love, Contentment to those all around.
Now the Master has told us we need not despair
If we place all our troubles in His tender care:
So we’ll start once again up the pathway of life
I’ll strive to please all, especially my Wife
It’s to her, be it said, I am deeply devoted
This truth, must be stated & carefully noted
To my good Sons and Daughter I most humbly plead
(For I’ll not desert you in your hour of need;)
So be patient, dear children & bear with me longer
We’ll emerge from our trials with a love even stronger: –
So right from my heart I’ll say this prayer for those I really love,
Please God when our earthly lives are o’er,
let us meet in heaven above.”
John Francis Coyle – 1955 (aged 60)
PS …. Pa Coyle also referred to himself as the “Looney Lieutenant”, “The Cranky Cuss”, “Hopalong” and “Old Twistie” (Coil/Coyle, you know!).