Readshaw honors life of late state Rep. Jeffrey W. Coy

HARRISBURG, Oct. 16 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, addressed the House yesterday during a memorial resolution on behalf of the late 11-term state Rep. Jeffrey W. Coy, who died in June at 66.  

Coy represented the 89th Legislative District for 22 years, from 1982 to 2004.

Readshaw, who is Democratic co-chairman of the House Masonic Caucus, spoke of the many ways in which Coy served the commonwealth and his community, both individually, through his service in the House and through his membership in the Masons.

“I would like to extend my sympathy and condolences to Jeff’s wife of 44 years, Jo Anne, and his other family members,” Readshaw said. “I knew the Honorable Jeff Coy as a colleague, as secretary of the Democratic Caucus and as a brother Mason. The last time I talked to Jeff was at the 205th meeting of the Supreme Council in 2017. We spoke and reminisced about the good old days in the House.

“Brother Coy was a man of abundant achievements. He honored his obligation to God and his fellow men. He was bestowed the highest degree as a Mason. People of Jeff’s caliber are missed by so many and in so many ways.”

Readshaw also read a tribute memorializing Coy’s “relaxed and friendly demeanor, sharp wit and ability to hook his audience with a compelling story or wry joke” and his “pinpoint analysis, combined with excellent people skills,” which made him “an exceptional public servant and a wise counselor at the board table.”

A Democrat, Coy was known as a consensus builder who was respected by Democrats and Republicans alike, Readshaw said. He served both as House majority caucus chairman and House minority caucus secretary. He was a strong advocate of education and a founding member of the state Gaming Control Board.

In addition to other community causes, Coy served as a firefighter and penned a book honoring veterans. Those present for the resolution included his widow, a close family friend, and several former colleagues.