Frederick James Boylen Jr.
1961 - 2021
Jowett Family Funeral Home
7223 South Street
Benzonia, MI
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 [] would be greatly appreciated. Arrangements by Jowett Family Funeral Home in Benzonia, MI.
Published by Benzie County Record Patriot on Jul. 26, 2021.
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South Bend Country Club
South Bend, IN
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My thoughts and prayers to Mrs. B, Bob, Jim and the Boylen family. I am so sad to hear of Fred's passing and I can't help but think of all the wonderful childhood memories of all of us growing up together and all the fun and games and times we shared. I remember Freddy turning me onto Johnny Cougar music (later to be known as Mellencamp) and he and I helping move each other into the dorms at Hope College. I will be holding on to those memories and all the competitions that he helped raise the bar on for all of us, with his great athletic abilities. Most importantly, He was a kind heart and was a very special person that cared for others. He helped me in growing up in so many ways. I hope your fond memories will help you through this tough time and know that much love is being sent to all of you always. Jim VerMeulen
Jim VerMeulen
July 27, 2021
I pray that your treasured memories of Freddy will keep you strong. I remember quite a few fun times at Kent after a round... Bobby and Jimmy, find a river and Freddy will bless you guys with great memories...
Brad Alward
July 26, 2021
Helen, Bobby, Jimmy & family, I'm so sorry to hear of Freddy's passing...I can't imagine the loss you are all feeling. I have such early memories of the Boylen boys in Grand Haven when our families would get together for visits at the beach. Freddy always had an infectious smile, booming voice and outgoing, friendly personality and I'm sure is up there saying hi to Aunt Pat in just that way. Prayers to you all. Michelle Percival Parrette/Percival connection
Michelle Percival
July 26, 2021
Bobby and family, I´m very sorry to learn of Freddy´s passing. I met him on one of his visits to Cambridge Blvd. and really enjoyed his company! A great guy gone way too soon.
Bill Green
July 25, 2021
I am so very sorry to see this. We grew up on College near you guys and you were always so nice and fun. When I saw Freddy's face, I was shocked, he hadn't changed at all. My thoughts and prayers for Bobby and Jimmy.
JODY Naimo
July 23, 2021
Freddy was my running mate on the basketball court. We shared many great times together in games, practices and outside the court. Freddy was full of life and always had your back. My condolences to Bob, Jim and the entire Boylen family for your loss. RIP Freddy. Your backcourt partner, Scott Fairbanks
Scott Fairbanks
July 23, 2021
To the Boylen Brothers and Family... I was great friends with your Dad, and astonished when he and Charley would stay with us in Manistee! Geez Fred knew MORE about my town than I did! Your dad was a "silent" partner of mine! Fred Sr. was so PROUD of his "Three Sons", would be an under statement! I was introduced to Jimmy when he was at MSU with Tom Izzo and Judd Heathcote! Jim like my son, and when the Rockets won the NBA title, he sent a number of souvenirs, pennants etc. to us! Bob, your Dad's pride of you being an Atty. (UM grad?) and NOT Green was often talked about! Your Dad beamed with PRIDE always! My wife and my family have you in our prayers! God Bless You ALL! Dan Duchon Manistee
dan duchon
July 23, 2021
Dear Boylen Family..... I was truly blessed to have Freddy as a friend & colleague for 25+ years. I share your profound sense of loss but, regrettably, have no words that could possibly ease your pain. The best I can offer is a quote attributed to Helen Keller, " What we have enjoyed deeply, we can never lose. All that we have loved deeply becomes a part of us."
July 17, 2021
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