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Dr. Carol A. J. Boyle
June 27, 1954 - July 25, 2014
The family of Dr. Carol A. J. Boyle MD, FRCPC (Neurology) are devastated with the passing of a wonderful wife and dedicated, loving mother on July 25, 2014. Carol died peacefully in Palliative Care at St. Paul's Hospital after an eight month illness caused by Renal Cell Carcinoma.
Carol is survived by her husband, Murray Taylor, her daughter Kirsty Taylor, her son Andrew Taylor, relatives - Ardath (Taylor) and Reg Larson and family - Kerri Sutton, Jared Larson, and Katrina Larson; her mother Grace Boyle, her brother Peter (Esme) Boyle, niece Sandra Anderson, nephew Alistair Boyle, her English aunt and uncle – Peter and Joy Northeast, English cousins – Steven Northeast, Sarah Northeast, Julie (Northeast) Benet, and Shirley Gunter. Carol was predeceased by her father, Dr. Ray Boyle, her father-in-law Allister Taylor and her mother-in-law Doree Taylor.
Carol was born in Glasgow, Scotland on June 27, 1954 and grew up in the Glasgow suburb of Milngavie (Mullguy). After spending her first 11 years in Scotland, a major change occurred in her life as the Boyle family immigrated to Saskatoon on December 31, 1965. Carol's father, Dr. Ray Boyle, had accepted a position at the U of S as a professor of Electrical Engineering.
Carol attended Brunskill School, Nutana Collegiate and the University of Saskatchewan. She enrolled in Arts and Science in 1971. In October 1976, while in her third year of medicine, Carol convocated with her first degree – a B.Sc. Advanced (with Distinction), and she was awarded the President's medal as the most distinguished graduate receiving a first degree. She graduated from the College of Medicine in 1979, and began her medical career as a Family Physician, She practiced Family Medicine for 11 years in Saskatoon, before she decided to go back into a Neurology residency in 1993. She realized that becoming a student would be difficult, but once she had her mind set on achieving something, she was tenacious. She completed her residency plus a fellowship in Electromyography (EMG). She started her Adult Neurology practice in 1996 and worked until December 2013, as her illness caused her to discontinue practicing Neurology.
Carol met the love of her life, Murray Taylor, in 1973. Murray often commented that once he met Carol it was " game, set, match". They were married in June 1979 and just celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary on June 16th. Carol often said that Murray completed her, just as she completed Murray. They were more than a married couple; they were best friends and spent as much time together as possible. The highlight of Carol's day was coming home to be with Murray, Kirsty and Andrew.
Carol had two passions in her life – her family and her practice of Neurology. She loved biking, gardening and reading. Travel was also very important; Murray, Carol and family travelled extensively in Europe and spent winter vacations in Mexico. Her favorite location was Puerto Vallarta. The family also spent many happy holidays at their cabin at Anglin Lake and enjoyed time spent with their Anglin Lake 'family'.
Carol's medical career was highlighted with her many teaching sessions with the medical students and residents. She loved to teach and she believed that 'teaching was the art of aiding discovery'. She often spoke of how much she enjoyed working with Dr. Phil Carverhill when they taught Medical Ethics together.
Carol believed in a team approach when working on the 6300 ward at RUH, and one of her nursing co-workers stated that: "She was a strong woman who 'didn't suffer fools lightly'. She won the respect from neuro-nurses on 6300 at RUH as she valued our input and treated us with respect as part of the team and not just worker bees. It was with honour that I got to be one of her caregivers when she stayed on 6300 as a patient earlier this year. It was hard to see this vibrant woman suffering. Even then, her humility in saying 'Call me Carol, not Dr. Boyle, I'm a patient now' won our admiration. I was proud to help take care of one of our own."
Many thanks to the medical community who helped Carol during her illness: Dr. Cyprian Enweani, Dr. Keshore Visvanathan, Dr. Darrel Fourney, Dr. Nayyer Iqbal and Jacqueline, Dr. Andrea Johnson and the Palliative Care team at the Cancer Centre, Dr. Philip Wright and Dr, Ken Stakiw and the Palliative Care team at St. Paul's Hospital, and nurse Helen Savisky from Homecare. As well, thanks to the wonderful professionals on 6300 at the University Hospital – Carol's second home. After surgery, she was happy to be in the care of 6300. Apologies to those we may have forgotten to mention who were involved in Carol's care.
To our friends and family, thank you very much for all your support over these last few months. Knowing that you cared deeply for Carol and our family means so much in a time of drastic upheaval in our family. A close family friend sent us a card that summarized Carol's life: "Carol led a life of accomplishment, friends, family and love. Her loss is profound, but she left this world beloved which I guess, is the best we can all hope for. If only she had been with us longer."
Carol's Celebration of Life will occur on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Third Avenue United Church. Please, no gloom, no sadness and definitely no black. Please wear bright colours as opposed to normal funeral attire.
For those so wishing to honour Carol's memory donations may be made to the Palliative Care Bed Campaign care of the St. Paul's Hospital Foundation (1702 20th St. West. Saskatoon, SK S7M 0Z9). Condolences may be sent to Arrangements have been entrusted to Saskatoon Funeral Home.

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Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix from Aug. 1 to Aug. 11, 2014
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