The Shippensburg Library will soon be named after a former state legislator and active community volunteer.
The Shippensburg Library Board of Trustees learned Tuesday that JoAnne Coy “committed to a very significant pledge” that will be spread over five years, according to a news release posted to the library website.
The library will be renamed the Jeffrey W. Coy Public Library of Shippensburg because the gift meets the requirements for a naming opportunity.
Coy’s gift honors her husband of 44 years, Jeff Coy, who died on June 4, 2018.
“Jeff was born here in Shippensburg, grew up in Shippensburg, attended college in Shippensburg and never left his hometown. From his early years to his final days, he played an active role in his community. He never forgot his roots,” JoAnne said.
Jeff Coy grew up on Lurgan Avenue above the M&N restaurant owned and operated by his parents. The Coys owned the vacant lot adjacent to the restaurant and later sold it to the West End Fire Company, where Jeff served as president for 15 years.
He began playing the organ in churches at age 16 and played in his home church, Memorial Lutheran, for 44 years.
He continued to serve Shippensburg through his tenure as state representative for the 89th District for 11 terms.
Jeff was a member of many local organizations and institutions such as the Shippensburg University Council of Trustees, the Orrstown Bank Board of Directors and the Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons.
JoAnne said her husband was a humble man who often helped quietly and never expected recognition or thanks.
“Now, as his wife, I want him to get his thanks and never be forgotten. This is my gift to him, not to be forgotten,” she said.