West Hyannisport – John (Jack) Boyle, 87 passed away early in the morning on Memorial Day, May 27, 2019. He was the beloved husband of Jean (Marrocco) Boyle for 64 years and the loving father of Jennifer and John E. Boyle of Hyannis, Joanne Boyle of Florida and Judy Boyle of Cotuit. He will be dearly missed by his five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He is also survived by sisters-in-law Anne Mazzola and Olympia Pasquarosa and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents Edward and Gladys Boyle, Jack was predeceased by his sisters Gladys Boyle, Mildred Ritchie, Madeline Walker and Dorothy Boyle. He was born June 15, 1931 in Watertown, MA where he was also raised and educated. He and Jean moved to Newton after marrying. Jack was a proud member of the U.S. Marines during the Korean Conflict and upon his discharge he worked in the insurance industry retiring from MetLife in 1996.
While living in Newton, Jack was a Commander of American Legion Post #440. His greatest accomplishment however, was becoming the first President of United Cerebral Palsy of Metro Boston. During his term in the 1960’s he led the parents of children who had cerebral palsy and were denied the free public school education of non-disabled children, to organize and demand the rights afforded every American. They wrote letters, made phone calls, met with legislators and finally met with House Speaker Bartley. The following year, Speaker Bartley introduced Chapter #766 ensuring a free public school education to every child in Massachusetts; and in 1972 came the Federal Law #94-142 which was modeled after Chapter #766.
The family moved to Mashpee in 1972 and then to West Hyannisport in 1976 and were members of St. Francis Xavier Church in Hyannis. Jack was a devoted participant with the Men of the Sacred Heart and was a 3rd Order Knight of the Knights of Columbus. He also served as a Lay Minister of the Eucharist at St. Francis for many years. Jack and his wife, Jean volunteered with the REC (Residents Encounter Christ) program through their church. In Jack’s later years, he and Jean were happy members of the Victrola Society, a singing group which gave him much pleasure and entertainment. Jack was known for his quick wit, sense of humor and his gracious and compassionate spirit. He was devoted to his family and will be greatly missed.
The family wishes to express their appreciation to Beacon Hospice and The Pavilion Rehab and Nursing Center for their kind and loving care.
In lieu of flowers donations in Jack’s memory are suggested to Alzheimer’s & Dementia Caregiver Support at Cape Cod Healthcare, PO Box 370, Hyannis, MA 02601.
Visiting Hours will be 4-7 pm Sunday, June 2, 2019 at the John-Lawrence Funeral Home, 3778 Falmouth Rd., Marstons Mills, MA. A funeral mass will be celebrated 10 am Monday at St. Francis Xavier Church, 347 South St., Hyannis, MA. Burial will follow at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Centerville.