Frank J. McCoy


December 21, 1922 - April 6, 2010

A memorial service were held at 11 a.m. April 24, 2010
at the Sacred Heart Church, 550 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon, CT 06066.

McCOY, Frank J. Frank J. McCoy of Vernon, CT, passed away on April 6, 2010 and joins his wife Jeanette McCoy. He was surrounded by his family. He was born on December 21, 1922 in New Haven, CT and graduated from Milford High School in 1940 before serving as a Sergeant in the United States Army for three years in the European theater during World War II. He graduated from Yale University in 1949 and the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1956. He practiced law for 54 years and served as attorney for the Vernon Fire District during its consolidation with the City of Rockville in forming the Town of Vernon. He served two terms with the Vernon Town Council and Mayor of Vernon for four terms in the 70's and 80's. He served as President of the Connecticut Conference of Mayors and served for over 30 years as Attorney representative on the advisory review board for the Whiting Forensic Institute. He was the service officer for the Soldier Sailors Marine Fund for over 40 years helping war time veterans who were in need of financial assistance. In 1960, he formed the Vernon Midget Football League, which was the impetus for football being brought to Rockville High School. He was a coach in Vernon sports for over 40 years, coaching recreation basketball, baseball and football. In 1965, he formed and sponsored the Vernon Orioles baseball team who continue to play in the Hartford Twilight League until today. He is survived by his five children: Jack McCoy (June), Wayne McCoy (Laura), Karen McCoy (Gary Blinn), Dennis McCoy (Diana) and Attorney Frank McCoy, Jr. (Jane); his four grandchildren, Jason, Kevin, Jennifer and Kathleen; his brother John McCoy and sister Helen McCoy (deceased).
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. April 24, 2010 at the Sacred Heart Church, 550 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon, CT 06066.
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 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Office of the Mayor

July 29, 2010 Contact: Mayor McCoy

(860) 870-3600

 Former Vernon Mayor Frank J. McCoy to Be Honored

At Tree Planting and Monument Dedication Ceremonies

 Vernon, CT – Mayor Jason L. McCoy and his family are pleased to invite Vernon residents to join them at several events to be held Saturday July 31, 2010 honoring Frank J. McCoy, grandfather to Vernon’s current Mayor.

 Beginning at 2:00 pm in Central Park, the Republican and Democratic Town Committees will be remembering McCoy’s service to the community with a tree planting in his name. A memorial monument dedication hosted by the Vernon Orioles Baseball Team will follow at 3:00 pm at McCoy Field, Henry Park. The events will conclude with an Orioles home game versus Foss Insurance at 5:00 pm on McCoy Field.

 Former Mayor Frank McCoy was a dedicated sports enthusiast, and served for over forty years as a coach for Vernon recreational basketball, baseball and football. In 1965 he was instrumental in the formation and sponsorship of the Vernon Orioles, who continue to play to this day.

 For more information on any of these events, please contact Mayor Jason L. McCoy’s Office at (860) 870‐3600. For more information about the Town of Vernon, visit

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October 6, 2009 





Former Mayor of Vernon, Frank McCoy, and grandfather to Vernon’s present Mayor Jason L. McCoy will be honored in a Presentation of Former Presidents of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) at their Annual Convention to be held this week at the Connecticut Convention Center located in Hartford. The Town of Vernon congratulates former Mayor McCoy and is pleased to continue their

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A memorial service and tribute to Former Vernon Mayor Frank J. McCoy will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 11:00 am at Sacred Heart Church, 550 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon Connecticut.

A time of remembrance and tribute to the life and time of Frank J. McCoy is planned following the service at the American Legion, 114 West Street, Vernon Connecticut.

Former Mayor Frank McCoy was first elected in 1969, and served three consecutive terms in office.

He is the grandfather to Vernon’s current Mayor Jason L. McCoy.

Additional questions can be answered by contacting Mayor McCoy’s Office at (860) 8703600.

Frank McCoy remembered
for influence on Vernon,
lives of family members

By Suzanne Carlson
Journal Inquirer
Published: Wednesday, April 7, 2010 11:49 AM EDT

VERNON — Former Mayor Frank J. McCoy is being remembered today as a “giant among giants” in the town’s political history.

McCoy died of a heart attack Tuesday at his home in Naples, Fla. He was 87.

“Frank McCoy was one of the better things to happen to this town,” said Chester Morgan, who served in the state legislature during the time that McCoy was mayor.

“He was a great friend and a great political foe. Frank and I disagreed on many issues, but then we’d go out to a baseball game and have a beer. He was a really great man and he’s going to be very, very missed by Republicans, Democrats, and everyone who knew him,” Morgan said, calling McCoy a “giant among giants.”

First elected mayor in a 1969 landslide, McCoy served three consecutive terms until 1975 when he lost the election to Democrat Thomas Benoit. He won again in 1977 and served a fourth term before losing to Democrat Marie Herbst in 1979.

But before serving in politics, McCoy was a medic in the Army during World War II where he fought in the Battle of the Bulge before pursuing his education. A graduate of Yale University and the University of Connecticut Law School, McCoy practiced law in town for many years.

Among his myriad contributions to the community, McCoy coached and sponsored the Vernon Orioles baseball team, helped sustain the high school football program, and was responsible for the purchase of Camp Newhoca.

Mayor Jason L. McCoy has followed in his grandfather’s footsteps as both a lawyer and a political leader, and is serving his second term in office.

Jason McCoy said today that the family had been vacationing together in Naples for the Easter holiday when Frank McCoy started having chest pains Tuesday around lunchtime.

He was brought to the hospital, but Jason McCoy said doctors were unable to revive his grandfather and he died Tuesday evening.

His death came just four days after the first anniversary of the death of Jeanette McCoy, Frank’s wife, who died of cancer on April 3, 2009.

Jason McCoy said the family had celebrated Easter together in Naples last year so they could spend more time with Jeanette, and decided to return and do the same this year.

“It was good, in a way, because we were all here. We were all with him,” Jason said today.

“There’s so much to say about my grandfather. He was a great husband, father, and leader. There is never a time when I can’t tell a story or reflect on something he told me I should do. Even the other day, we were talking about the budgets, and I asked him, ‘What do I do?’” Jason McCoy said.

Frank McCoy leaves five children and numerous children, grandchildren, and other relatives to mourn alongside those who knew him as a lawyer and political figure.

Jason McCoy, who said he hopes his son will one day play baseball for his great-grandfather’s beloved Orioles, is staying with family in Florida until Frank McCoy can be buried beside Jeanette, “his great love.”

“My grandfather was just a great person. He touched so many people’s lives all over the state,” Jason McCoy said of the man who inspired him throughout his life. “I’m going to miss him.”

Photos by Bryan Flint 4/7/10

Photos by Bryan Flint 4/7/10

Rockville High School Baseball Team
pausing a moment today, (4/7/10) from practice to show respect for former Mayor Frank J. McCoy
at the ballfield in Henry Park, dedicated to him
and where the Vernon Orioles were coached and sponsored by him for years.

Hartford Courant-1996

Vernon Rallies To Give McCoy First Title

August 16, 1996| By DEAN CORNELIO; Courant Staff Writer

EAST HARTFORD -- — Frank McCoy has been managing the Vernon Orioles for about 30 years, but he never won a Greater Hartford Twilight League playoff title.

Until Thursday.

Vernon scored seven runs in the sixth inning, six off Newington Capitols ace Jason Schuberth, for an 8-5 victory at McKenna Field and the playoff championship.

``It's been a great season,'' McCoy said. ``We've got a great bunch of young kids here who like to play ball. They don't give up and keep coming back.''

With Vernon trailing 3-0 in the sixth, No. 9 hitter Mike Griffeth hit a two-run single to right. Scott Bikowski's single to left tied the score before another two-run hit, by Jack Champagne.

``I was just trying to make contact,'' said Champagne, who was 4- for-5 with three RBI.

``He made a good pitch, an off- speed pitch low and outside, and I just tried to put my bat on it.''

Scott Martin came in to retire the next two batters before allowing a triple to right by Steve Rembisz that scored Champagne. Rembisz scored on Ray Bull's single to left.

Erik Nord allowed 12 hits for the victory as Newington twice left the bases loaded.

``Nord showed a lot of courage out there,'' McCoy said. ``We made a couple of missed plays that made those innings long for him.''

Vernon got its final run in the seventh. Keith Millen led off with a single and later scored on Champagne's single to center.

``I really thought we'd come back and win two straight, but it's nice to see a class act like Frank McCoy win it,'' Newington manager Dave Sacco said. ``They beat the best pitcher in the league with his rest. He's got a good young team.''

Vernon had also defeated Newington 2-1 Monday in the double- elimination tournament with runs in the sixth and seventh.

``That was the key,'' Sacco said.

Newington took a 3-0 lead in the home third. Brian Marshall, who had three homers and nine RBI Wednesday against Herb's, and Kevin Beaudoin had back-to-back singles with the bases loaded. Jason Maule walked to force in Scott Cormier with the third run.

The Capitols got their final two in the sixth when Mike Mangiafico (3- for-4) scored on Marshall's single to left and Cormier scored on an error.

``We'll try to celebrate a little now,'' McCoy said.

Photos by Bryan Flint 4/7/10

Photos by Bryan Flint 4/7/10



McCoy & McCoy has been active in community service activities for over 40 years. Attorney Frank J. McCoy, Sr.  was Mayor of Vernon, Connecticut for 4 terms and  President of the Connecticut Conference of Mayors. In 1960, Attorney McCoy founded the Vernon Midget Football league. This was the local youth football league that graduated many future college and NFL stars such as Bill Romanowski. In 1965, Frank McCoy founded and sponsored the semi pro baseball team, the Vernon Orioles. This sponsorship continues today. For his dedicated service , Attorney McCoy was awarded the first good guy award given by the Connecticut  Sports writers Association.  Attorney McCoy’s grandson, Jason L. McCoy is currently the Mayor of Vernon, making it a 3rd generation of Vernon, Connecticut Mayors.