James Coy Driscoll

August 10, 1959 – March 11, 2020
James Coy Driscoll [born August 10, 1959] left this world on March 11, 2020 after a prolonged illness.
Coy grew up in Philadelphia but suffered a separation from his family in the 1970s and was raised by his elder cousin Mary Kay and her husband, Jim Gibbons.
He graduated from the innovative Parkway School in 1978, moved to New England and enrolled in Boston University. In 1980 he went to the West Coast, via the famous Green Tortoise bus, settling in San Francisco. He worked as a law clerk while continuing his education. Coy earned a Baccalaureate in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco and went on to get a Degree of Law in 1991 from Hastings College, an affiliate of the University of California.
Coy passed the Bar for California and practiced his craft in the Bay area until his untimely death in March. He liked to mentor young and new lawyers and did so throughout his career. His preferred focus was tenant rights, a difficult specialty in the wealthy Bay communities. Coy lived modestly with his partner, Norah, in a rent-controlled apartment that straddled the Marina and Russian Hill neighborhoods.
He is pre-deceased by his father, Michael Driscoll and mother Kathy Driscoll, nee McCafferty, of Philadelphia.
A memorial service will be held after the pandemic’s lockdown is lifted.
Donations in Coy’s memory can be given to:
San Francisco Tenants Union [sftu.org] OR
Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco [hrcsf.org]
For those of you who would be interested in a virtual memorial service in the near future, please contact spelunker1942@yahoo.com

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