Gerard ‘Spike’ Boyle

July 26, 2017

Gerard ‘Spike’ Boyle

GERARD “SPIKE” BOYLE – in Woburn, July 26th. Beloved husband of Barbara (Burnes) Boyle. Devoted father of Gerard Boyle Jr., his wife Julie of Rockport, Carolyn Hollis, her husband Michael of Gloucester, and Brian Boyle, his wife Marilyn of Reading. Cherished grandfather of 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, Tuesday, August 1st, at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church at 11:30. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the Funeral Home, Monday, July 31st,from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Spike’s honor to the Woburn Boys and Girls Club, 40 Hudson Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

OBITUARY

Gerard Boyle, better known as Spike in the Woburn Community, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 26th with loving family by his side. He is predeceased by father Edward and mother Sarah, brother Edward and Msgr. Robert Boyle and his infant son Robert J. Boyle. Spike is survived by his wife of 62 years Barbara (Burnes) and three children; Gerard Boyle Jr and Wife Julie of Rockport, Carolyn Hollis and husband Michael of Gloucester, Brian Boyle and wife Marilyn of Reading. He is also survived by 11 loving grandchildren; Jennifer Aumiller and husband Robert, Julianne Heykoop and husband Jordan, Gerard Boyle III and wife Shannon, Meaghan Boyle, Grace Boyle, Michael Hollis and wife Erin, Kathryn Browne and husband Samuel, Amy Hollis, Jack Boyle and wife Lisa, Dan Boyle, Brooke Boyle and Fiancé Timothy. Spike is also survived by 12 great grandchildren.

Spike was a true community leader serving on the board of the Choate Memorial Hospital. In addition he was a past president of the Rotary Club where he was a Paul Harris Fellow. He was also past president of the Woburn Boys & Girls Club, where he spearheaded the development committee to build a new gymnasium. Spike was past president of Boyle Insurance Agency, responsible for building the largest independent insurance agency north of Boston. He was a Woburn Memorial High School graduate of the class of 1949, where he was president of his class and the captain of the football team. He attended Boston College and graduated in 1953. Boston College remained a life passion for Spike as he often attended football and basketball games including attending 4 bowl games.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, Tuesday, August 1st, at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church at 11:30. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the Funeral Home, Monday, July 31st,from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. All bequests on behalf of the family can be made to the Woburn Boys & Girls Club, 40 Hudson Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

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  1. I knew Spike as a dedicated CCD teacher at St Charles’s who taught me on Monday evenings when I was in HS. He remained a friend ever after and I used to bump into him in Gloucester on my vacation. He had been a student of my father at WHS and they were pals, too.

    Joe Connolly
    Paris

  2. Dear Barbara and Family,
    I am sad to hear of Spike’s passing. May he rest in peace!
    My Dad (Tom) often told stories about the Boyles and the Sniders on Valley Road when I was growing up. Much laughter and many wonderful memories were shared!
    Fondly,
    Sharon Snider-Muller

  3. Condolences to all of you. I know that we remember so much of the older generation- ‘Sal” and Ed, and Sr. Aimee and Sr. Louise as well as Fr. Boyle and of course your dad and his siblings. My Aunt Ethel kept us in touch with you all and with the other more ‘interesting” family- the Tobin sisters and brother, the Kilduffs and so on. He was a good man, a good business man who invested in business and in people. ann eastman

  4. Dear Barbara, Jay, Carolyn & Brian – I am so sorry to hear of Spike’s passing. He was such a wonderful person. I have such good memories of the 11 years working for him.

  5. Jay & family:

    Our deepest sympathy to you on the loss of your father.

    Kathy O’Doherty & Shaheen Mozaffar

  6. Dear Barbara and family. I am so sorry to learn of Spike’s passing. We visited at Roche’s Market a few weeks ago. Spike was a wonderful classmate. We worked on our class’s 40th reunion together, enjoyed many class gatherings and spent many happy hours together at Wood’s Hole and Naples. May he rest in peace. Ray Kenney, BC 1953 and Claire

  7. Jay, brian and family,

    Very sorry to hear of Spikes passing. The times I met Spike I found him to be a true gentleman. My condolences to you and your family. My parents also pass along their condelnces as well.

    Steve, Bonnie, Connie and Russ Braese

  8. Dear Barbara and family, so sorry for your loss. May God help you through this most difficult time.

    Cathy Figucia

  9. Jay, Brian and family;

    I am so saddened to hear the news of Spike’s passing; Spike was a true gentleman; so professional; he will be missed. You are all in my prayers during this difficult time.

    Robert H Mc Donough, Jr
    Woburn, MA

  10. Dear Barbara and family. It has been such a pleasure to have you and dear Spike in our Country Club Heights Community. He will be missed by all who knew him. Now we will be there to help and support you. Much love. Ann Martin.

  11. My condolences to the entire Boyle family. I always viewed Mr. Boyle as a positive role model, and admired him both personally and professionally. He was a wonderful man who will be missed by all who knew him. I wish I could express my condolences in person — but please know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

    — Matthew Kenney
    Celebration, FL

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