NEW YORK — Eddie Coyle, a former WWD reporter and copy editor, died Aug. 3 after a long illness. He was 76.

Beginning his career as a copy boy at the Daily News, Coyle overcame alcoholism through a long association with Alcoholics Anonymous. With the bottle behind him, he developed into a reliable, witty writer and reporter as well as a marathoner whose running columns appeared in the Daily News for several decades.

Coyle joined WWD in 1959 and later worked at HFD, the predecessor to HFN. He returned to the News in the mid-Sixties, when he initiated his running column just as the fitness craze began to take off.

Mort Sheinman, retired managing editor of WWD who also worked with Coyle at the News and the now-defunct Hosiery and Underwear Review, recalled Coyle as "a colorful guy who was very well liked, a punster with a great sense of humor."

When pressed to come up with a theme for a story on shifts in hosiery colors, Coyle raised eyebrows at the usually staid Review with the headline, "Yellow on its last legs."

Michael Levine, who worked briefly at Fairchild while a journalism student, remembered Coyle "offering career advice about the newspaper business, in between frequent conversations about the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers."

Coyle saw action with the Third Armored Division during World War II.

Information about survivors could not be immediately learned.

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