Boyle, John J. John J. Boyle, 77 of Hamden, husband of 52 years to Joan McKeon Boyle passed away April 4, 2009. John was the father of John and his wife Melissa of Woodbridge and grandfather of Adam, who will miss him dearly, brother of Alice Helms and her husband Robert of East Haven, Mary Bianchi and her husband Fred of Northford, Edmund Boyle and his wife Julianne of PA. Also survived by a cousin Kevin Boyle and his wife Suzanne of Madison and many nieces and nephews. John was born in New Haven, June 25, 1931 son of the late John Joseph Boyle and Miriam Heenan Boyle, he graduated from Hillhouse HS in 1948 and Fairfield University in 1952. John enjoyed a long career in medical sales before founding Connecticut Funeral Supply in 1981, serving the funeral directors of this region. He was the past & current president of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, secretary-treasurer, past president and founding member of the Irish History Round Table, treasurer & past president of the Civil War Round Table, member of the Knights of Saint Patrick, the Irish-American Community Center, and the Connecticut Irish-American Historical Society. John was also a member of the 1956 New Haven St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee which was responsible for reviving the parade after a 41 year hiatus. On March 15th, 2009 he marched in his 54th parade. He will be missed by his family and the Irish community that he embraced and so faithfully served throughout his life. Funeral from BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden, Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at 9:15 AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. Friends may also visit with his family at the funeral home on Tuesday from 4 - 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Dr., Wallingford, CT 06492 or the Irish History Round Table, P.O. Box 6028, Hamden, CT 06517.

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  1. Alice, we are so sorry to read of your brother’s death; our sympathy goes out to you and your family. Hope all is well with you. Lorraine and Bob

  2. April 6, 2009 Dear John, We were very saddened to learn of your father’s passing this morning. Please know he was a wonderful, caring, and professional gentleman who will be missed as a warm friend and cherished colleague by all in the funeral industry. All our sympathy and prayers, Dan Honan Mark Frederick Honan Funeral Home

  3. Dear Joan and John and Melissa, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. The world will be a dimmer place without John, his awful jokes and worse puns–and his exuberance and enthusiasm. He really did everything with brio. I first met John at the Connecticut Colleges Mock Legislature in March of 1950. He was sitting on a bed in the suite at the Hotel Bond talking about the Rising of 1916 in Ireland. And he did not change much. He will be missed. We are all blessed by having known him. Our very best to all of you and his sisters and brother. Love, Anne

  4. John is a Great Hibernian,a good man and an inspiration to all who knew him. He will be sorely missed by us all…

  5. John was so faithful and committed to the Irish History Round Table. We are planning a special memorial meeting on April 21st,(8pm, Knights of St. Patrick building,New Haven). Please join us and share your memories.

  6. Our deepest sympathy to John and family, from the Lawrence FH staff Jed, Craig, Shayna, Sandy and Cliff

  7. I knew John from the IACC. I had some memorable and enjoyable conversations with him. I’ll miss John, but I am glad to have known him.

  8. Joan, my sympathy to you and your family with the loss of your husband John. I have so enjoyed all the times I spent with John and you for some 25 years now. As of Saturday April 4 the Irish flag is proudly flying at my home in Hamden and will continue through the end of April in honor of John. Beginning later this year the Irish flag will fly every June 25 to honor John’s birthdate. With friendship forever, Fred Watson.

  9. John, I was sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I hope that you and your family find comfort in all of the memories and love that you shared. Please know that you are in my thoughts today.

  10. John, My deepest condolences for the loss of your father. You and your father have always been very good to my father and myself. Working with our fathers is very special and the loss very deep. Hoping to see you soon. Mark

  11. John, my deepest sympathy to you and your family at the loss of your dad John, Sr. He always helpful to me. I will keep all of you in my prayers

  12. John, your father and I have been friends for a long time. My staff and I give our deepest sympathy to your family. George, Viola, Leslie, Dana, Vivian, Woody, Amy, James, Abe and Jonathan

  13. John: Our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. I have know John Sr. for many years when I owned a funeral home and now in my present business. I just saw John at the St. Patricks Day Parade. He will be missed. Tim Slater and the ETI Office Staff

  14. Dear Joan, John, and family – I am so sorry for you personal loss. The world will NEVER see another like John Boyle! 32 years ago John and I met when I was starting my full-time career in the creative and performing arts. Since then, I have been fortunate to have had him in my audience many times, and he was always most supportive of me and my work. In numerous instances over the years, he referred his friends and colleagues in the Irish-American community to my concerts and recordings. Working with him on the CT’s 9th Monument fundraising campaign was a unique experience. I would call him from the road, and we’d meet somewhere – often at the Knights of St. Patrick Hall – to exchange money and embroidered shirts. He was always right there, right on time, a cloud of pipe smoke following him hither, thither, and yon. Hearing him speak with his encyclopedic memory has been inspirational throughout the years of our association, and John has given me a wonderful role model for continued learning. When he would mention something in a discussion, his passion was so infectious, that over time, my knowledge has been greatly enhanced by our acquaintance. I was blessed to have known him, and to have had his ear. On the other hand, his great wisdom was counter-balanced by his proclivity to send me hundreds of the most unusual jokes as E-Mails. Hundreds of them!!! Every once in a while an outstanding one would cause me to sing his praises with a reply, but more often, I would chide him on being the purveyor of some of the worst jokes and puns that man had ever created. But he knew I loved those too. And I miss those most of all, because in the privacy of my office, after a long and hard day on the road, his warped humor would make me laugh, groan, sigh, or cry. And I know he’s tormenting St. Peter et al right now. That’s good, because when it’s my time to meet St. Peter, I’m counting on John to confound or confuse him with punnery, or to literally set up a smokescreen, so I can sneak in through the pearly gates. Otherwise I might end up in a significantly warmer clime. Rest in peace, old friend. Tom Callinan Connecticut’s 1st .Official State Troubadour.

  15. Dear John and family, Sorry I could not be there to support you but my prayers are with you. John, Sr. was the consummate salesman and serviced his customers like none other. He and his bright smile will be sorely missed by all who knew and interacted with him. May the God of all comfort give you a peace that surpasses all understanding. Bob Morton and the staff of Morton’s Mortuary, Inc.

  16. John and family, I was so sorry to hear about your Dad. When I first started at the funeral home, he was very patient and kind as he helped me fumble through that intial order. I immedately recognized him as a part of that dying breed known as .True Gentlemen.. I remember how excited you were to be able to go to Ireland with him and and your Mom. These, and many more wonderful memories are what will ease your grief at this time. They are also what will keep him alive in the hearts of you and your children for many, many years to come. When my Dad died at 72, I remember thinking how unfair it was and that my world would never be the same. It is not but those wonderful shared days are what I think of now when I think of him. I pray you and your family will find some measure of peace in all wonderful memories.

  17. John and family, Our sincerest sympathies upon the passing of your father, John Boyle. We are so sorry we were unable to attend, however, you and your family are in our prayers. Gerald, Jason & Susan Montano

  18. John, Our deepest and heartfelt sympathies upon the loss of your father, John Boyle. (Our apologies – We were unable to attend as we had several calls on. )Talk to you soon, Paul and Barbara Shaker

  19. In honor of Mr. John J. Boyle, May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand. John, Since the late 1980’s I have enjoyed your father’s assistance with professional matters. He was kind and patient with me and I aprreciated that. I’m sorry that I could not attend the services. Please accept my condolances and from all of your other friends up here in Wolcott and Southington.

  20. John was more than effusive when we, complete strangers, asked him for help setting up our own Irish History Round Table three years ago. He was funny, friendly and knowledgeable, as well as a great source of advice and insight. Please accept our condolences for your loss.

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