SURFSIDE BEACH, S.C. - Edward Harrison Boyle, 95, of Surfside Beach, passed away on Friday (Feb. 5, 2016) at Conway Medical Center.
He was born May 15, 1920, in Bradford, Pa., to Edward Daniel and Elsie Harrison Boyle. He was preceded in death by his parents, two infant brothers and his lovely wife, Mary.
He graduated from Bradford Area High School in 1938 and was captain of the Owls basketball team in his senior year. He also was an accomplished competitor on the Bradford City tennis courts, winning many titles in the sport's heyday in the city in the early 1940s. Over the years, he refereed YMCA basketball league games, coached Little League baseball and was a Kendall Golf League champion and long-time loyal Buffalo Bills and Penn State Nittany Lions fan.
He began working at the Kendall Oil refinery in 1940, which is where he met his future wife, Mary Elizabeth Dahlgren. They married in May of 1946 and were together for 66 years until her passing in 2012. The result of their union was five children, Barbara Straub of Blacksburg, Va.; Edward Jr. of Surfside Beach; Robert H. of Raleigh, N.C.; William D. of O'Fallon, Mo., and Janette Middlebrough of Bradford. He also leaves seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
He enjoyed spending time with his beloved feline friend named "Penny."
He worked in Kendall/Witco's analytical laboratories as a chemist/spectrographer for his entire working career, receiving several correspondence course degrees in those fields. He was a long-time member of the Kendall Quarter Century Club, retiring in 1986 and relocating to Myrtle Beach in 1990 and then to Surfside Beach in 1997.
From a very early age, he had a special love for the Lord and was a member of the East End Presbyterian and United Methodist churches of Bradford, First United Methodist church in Myrtle Beach and Surfside United Methodist Church in Surfside Beach. Donations in his memory can be made to any or all of these churches.
He had a sweet, gentle disposition and a wry, playful sense of humor which will be sorely missed.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.
Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
An online guestbook is available at www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com.
Goldfinch Funeral Services, Inc.
11528 Hwy. 17 Bypass
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
Published in The Bradford Era from Feb. 9 to Feb. 15, 2016