Frederick "Freddy" James Boylen Jr.
South Bend, IN
October 4, 1961 - July 2, 2021
Frederick James Boylen, Jr., of South Bend, Indiana, was born at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan on October 4, 1961. The eldest of three sons born to Helen (Braniff) Boylen and Frederick James Boylen, Sr., who preceded him in death. Freddy, as he was affectionately known to all family and friends, is survived by his children Chad Frederick Boylen and Sarah Elyce Boylen, and his brothers, Robert Charles Boylen, and James Francis Boylen. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews-Madeline Marie, Daniel James, Christopher Ryan, Ashlen Clare and Layla Blue. Sadly, Freddy passed away on July 2, 2021, after a brief battle with cancer. Fortunately, those who loved and knew him best were able to spend his last days on a bluff high above Lake Michigan, watching the sunset over Sleeping Bear Dunes, his family and beloved dog Sandy by his side.
Freddy was a three sport varsity athlete at East Grand Rapids High School, Class of 1979. A standout competitor in football, basketball and baseball. He continued these pursuits during his time at Hope College, where he was a member and President of Omicron Kappa Epsilon, his Frater Brotherhood. Freddy also possessed a tremendous talent for the game of golf, a pastime he dearly loved not only for the challenge and camaraderie, but equally for its history and tradition. Freddy could recall every shot, on every hole, on every course he ever played, and there were thousands.
Freddy was an incredible cheerleader. Starting with his children who are each accomplished athletes in their own right, Sarah and Chad were supported and loved by their father. Freddy was so proud to share the successes of his children with everyone he met. He was equally proud and supportive of his youngest brother Jim, from his days as a Division 1 college player and coach, to his tenure in the NBA.
Freddy's next love was the outdoors. Often, he could be found golfing, fishing, hunting, or relaxing on a beach. His passion for hunting and fishing took him all over North America. Pheasant, grouse, and especially ducks, from South Dakota to northern Michigan -- all feathered creatures feared Freddy. Most Novembers, he and his brother Bobby could be found on a lake in Freddy's special Duck Boat, waiting for the birds, and reminiscing about life. There were too many fishing trips to count. From the Boundary Waters of Canada, to the Keys of Florida, and many streams and rivers in between, Freddy always felt at home on the water. However, his beloved fishing spot was Islamorada Florida where he enjoyed spending time backwater and deep-sea fishing with those he loved.
Finally, the family would like to express their deepest appreciation and gratitude to Freddy's girlfriend Cathy Tilley, who was at his side throughout his illness. A special thank you also to Heart-to-Heart Hospice of South Bend, Munson Hospice of Northern Michigan, and Jowett Funeral Home. Their care and support during a sad and challenging time gave Freddy's family great comfort. A celebration of life has been scheduled for September 12, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at South Bend Country Club in South Bend, Indiana. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Casie Center of South Bend [www.casiecenter.org
] would be greatly appreciated. Arrangements by Jowett Family Funeral Home in Benzonia, MI.
Published by Benzie County Record Patriot on Jul. 26, 2021.