Thomas Joseph "Joe" Boyle Jr., 73, of Dallas, peacefully passed away surrounded by family on Monday, May 13, 2013, in the Hospice Community Care Inpatient Unit of Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.
Joe was born Nov. 19, 1939, in Wilkes-Barre, and was a son of the late Thomas J. and Anna Maria Boback Boyle. He graduated from Central Catholic High School, Kingston, and attended the Wyoming Seminary School of Business.
Mr. Boyle was a sales representative in the food industry for 30 years and was also a passionate equestrian, having competed in and judged horse shows in both the United States and Europe for more than 50 years. He was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association, American Paint Horse Association, Ponies of America, National Pinto Association and American Miniature Horse Association. He owned and operated Boyle's 7-B Tack Shop while also dedicating his time to training horses and teaching others to ride, including his children and grandchildren.
He served for eight years as mayor of Harveys Lake and was a veteran of the National Guard. A man of devout faith, Joe was active in his parish, Our Lady of Victory Church, Harveys Lake. Joe was an avid collector of historic and Native American artifacts, sharing his knowledge and passion for history with his family on frequent trips to Gettysburg and other historical sites.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Anne G. Boyle; brother William Boyle; and brother, Roger Boyle.
Surviving are his children, Thomas J. Boyle III and his wife, Gina, Sweet Valley; Mark Boyle, Cedarville, N.J.; Christopher Boyle and his wife, Sandra, Shavertown; William Boyle, Harveys Lake; Molly Banks and her husband, Brian, Dallas, and Joanne Lauckner and her husband, Kevin, Cincinnati, Ohio; 14 grandchildren; brother, Bruce Boyle and his wife, Beverly, Dallas; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
The family thanks the nurses, doctors and staff of the Hospice Community Care Inpatient Unit of Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre for their kind and professional care.
Funeral services will be Friday at 9:45 a.m. from the Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home Inc., corner of routes 29 and 118, Pikes Creek, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in Our Lady Of Victory Church, Harveys Lake, with the Rev. Daniel Toomey officiating. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton. Friends may call Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be made at www.clswansonfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Medical Oncology Association, Prescription Assistance Fund, 382 Pierce St., Kingston, PA 18704-5535.
Published in Times Leader on May 15, 2013