Tri-State Petroleum Mourns Loss of Founder

tristateEdward Coyne, Sr. passes away.


Tri-State Petroleum Corp., a family-owned convenience store operator and wholesale distributor of motor fuels in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, is mourning the loss of its founder, Edward Coyne, Sr., who died on July 7, 2013 at the age of 83.


Coyne founded Tri-State Petroleum in 1974 as a wholesale distributor of fuel products. Today, the company operates convenience stores and services Marathon and BP branded accounts and commercial and industrial accounts in three states. Coyne served as the president and chairman of Tri-State Petroleum Corporation until his retirement in 2005. He then served as chairman emeritus during his retirement.


“My father leaves an impressive legacy behind—as a successful entrepreneur who built and grew a thriving family-owned business and as a loving family man who was adored by his children and grandchildren alike,” said Colleen McGlinn, CEO of Tri-State Petroleum and Coyne’s eldest child. “We also remember his unwavering devotion to education and to his hometown of Wheeling. Through the Education Alliance Grant Program sponsored by ExxonMobil Corporation, Dad helped to raise more than $150,000 for schools in the Ohio Valley and in the greater Pittsburgh area.”


During his lifetime, Coyne also served on the board of directors for the Linsly School, Wheeling Hospital, First National Bank and Wheeling Jesuit College.


Coyne is survived by his five children and nine grandchildren.


Funeral services were held by Bishop Michael Bransfield and Rev. Jeremiah McSweeney at St. Michaels Parish in Wheeling where  Coyne was a member.


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In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dialysis Memorial Fund and mailed to Community Foundation of the Ohio Valley, P.O. Box 670, Wheeling, WV 26003.









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