Name: Marion Leanor
Given Name: Marion
Suffix: of Canonsburg, PA
Change Date: 3 JAN 2011
Richard Mltlon Doyle b: 6 JUN 1922 in New Brunswick, Canada
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- Living Doyle
- Living Doyle
- Abbrev: Obituary
Page: Obituary of RICHARD MILTON DOYLE
Text: Obituary of RICHARD MILTON DOYLE
1/2/11 07:45 pm Updated: 1/2/11 07:46 pm
JONESPORT - Richard Milton Doyle passed away Nov. 13, 2010, from pneumonia after failing to recover from hip surgery.
Richard was born June 6, 1922, in New Brunswick, to Porter Reynolds Doyle and Josephine Graves, but was raised in Jonesport.
Born during the Depression, Richard came to live at his grandmother's home in the small seaport village of Jonesport. His father, Porter Reynolds Doyle, fortunately secured a freight clerks job with the Canadian Pacific Railroad, which allowed the Doyle family to have a steady income during the Depression. Richard's father, Porter, had to live in various railroad bunk houses and train cabooses away from home during the Depression, so Richard primarily lived with his mother and grandmother in Jonesport.
Porter was born in about 1877 in Jonesport and lived most of his life in Jonesport, except when he lived on the railroad.
Porter's wife, Josephine Graves was born in New Brunswick.
Richard Doyle published a short story titled, "The Bangor-Calais Branch" in 1957 in The New Yorker magazine, describing his boyhood trips to visit his father on the train, while his father worked for Canadian Pacific Railroad.
Richard's grandfather, David F. Doyle, was a master mariner on coastal sea freighters.
Richard's uncle, Milton Rumery Doyle, was a merchant mariner, who followed in the grandfather's footsteps on the sea. Milton, Richard's uncle, was born in about 1879 in Jonesport and lived his entire life in Jonesport, except when he was at sea.
When Richard's father was not in Jonesport, Richard spent many of his boyhood days with his Uncle Milton, who taught Richard about the operation of sailing vessels and celestial navigation. When Richard graduated from Jonesport-Beals High School, Jonesport, he obtained a job as a radio dispatcher for the Maine State Police, where he learned the operation of radio electronics. When World War II broke out, Richard joined the Coast Guard, where he served on Coast Guard vessels escorting supply convoys to Europe aboard the USS Duane, and at Iwo Jima and Saipan. The Coast Guard needed officers for the war effort and because of Richard's seamanship skills, knowledge of navigation and radio electronics, in 1943 he was asked by the Coast Guard to go to the Coast Guard Academy, New London, Conn., to be trained to be an ensign. He served the remainder of World War II as an ensign in the U.S. Coast Guard. Returning home from his Coast Guard duty in the Pacific, Richard saw Southern California and returned immediately to Los Angeles after a brief visit to his parents in Jonesport.
Richard immediately secured a job with Prudential Insurance Co., Los Angeles, where he also met his future wife, Marion Leanor Doyle of Canonsburg, Pa. After a brief courtship, Richard and Marion were married and they had three sons, David, Craig and Russell Doyle.
Richard's parents, Porter and Josephine, passed away early in life and never got to see their grandsons, except for David. Richard's uncle, Milton, also passed away during this time and left Richard a small inheritance, which allowed Richard to buy his first home in Pico Rivera, Calif., for about $5,000. They later moved to San Gabriel, Calif., where he and Marion lived for nearly 40 years. Richard started his own independent insurance agency and sold insurance in the San Gabriel Valley for 50 years until he was 87. He was a wonderful husband, mentoring father and successful businessman.
Richard is survived by his wife, Marion Leanor Doyle; his sons, David Doyle, Russell Doyle and Craig Doyle; his grandchildren, Gena Doyle, Amy Doyle and Eric Doyle; and his great-granddaughter, Caylie Doyle, all of Los Angeles.
A memorial service was held Dec. 4 in his honor at Covina United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to donate to Covina United Methodist Church.