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July 3, 2016

Burial Date July 8, 2016

Funeral Home Athy Memorial Home

Place of Service St. George's Church

Section Garden of Faith Crypts Lot Number: 105AGrave Number: 2UPPER

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     Robert J. Boylan, 86, died in Holden on July 3, 2016, surrounded by family. He was the husband of the late A. Jeanette (Dahl) Boylan, who died in 2007.

Bob was born in Worcester, the son of the late Robert A. and Anne M. (Downer) Boylan. He was educated at Worcester schools, graduating from Commerce High School and Worcester Junior College. He was drafted into the Army and was stationed at Fort Belvoir. After he married “Jin”, the love of his life, they lived in Washington, D.C. until Bob was discharged from the service, then moved back to Worcester, and later to Holden, where they raised their family. Summer vacations on Cape Cod were favorite times, especially Sea St. Beach and West Dennis Beach.

He worked as a draftsman at Morgan Construction Company for 39 years before his retirement. He was on the softball league and bowling league during his time at Morgan’s. In retirement, he and Jin bowled together in a local league. They also enjoyed playing pitch and traveling, especially to Bermuda. They both delighted in family get-togethers and were wonderful grandparents! They were parishioners at St. George’s Church, where Bob had been a member of the Men’s Club, the coffee shop and the bowling team.

Bob leaves his children: Linda Boylan and her husband, Tom Beaton of Boxford; Peg and her husband Al Bowers of Sandy Hook, CT; Mike Boylan and his girlfriend Christine Lorkiewicz of North Grosvenordale, CT; and Kathi Boylan and her fiancé Vernon McKillop of Worcester; grandchildren, Monique and her husband Dave Jalbert; Steve and Jamie Bowers; Erin and Stephanie Boylan; his former daughter-in-law Sharon Hopkins; sisters-in-law, Jean Creamer of Hudson, FL and Sandra Garfield of Westfield; cousins, especially Carol Burns of Wellesley, nieces, nephews and MANY friends.

Family was everything to Bob. He would call to stay in touch and check on everyone’s well-being.

Bob stayed in touch with his Army buddies. Bob had a wonderful sense of humor – he lit up a room with his congeniality and infectious personality.

He was a whiz at sports statistics and often started conversations with strangers (soon to be friends) with some discussion of the latest score for New England teams.

Our family would like to thank all his health care professionals who were wonderful to our father.

Calling hours are Thursday, July 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester. The funeral will be held on Friday, July 8, from the funeral home, with a Mass at 10 a.m. in St. George’s Church, 40 Brattle St., Worcester. Burial will follow in Worcester County Memorial Park, Paxton.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Heart Association or Parkinson’s Foundation or a charity of your choice.