Robert A. Boyle, 89
ASHLAND — Robert A. Boyle, 89, of Ashland, died on Aug. 22, 2017, at Forest View Manor in Meredith, following a period of declining health.
He was born in Swampscott, Massachusetts, on June 22, 1928, the son of Joseph and Mary Louise (Davis) Boyle.
He was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Caroline Norman Boyle, who passed away in January 2005; his son, Robert L. Boyle, who passed away December 2000; and his granddaughter, Allison Chlan Fellner, who passed away February 2017.
He is survived by children Eleanor Boyle Chlan, Paul Chlan, Caroline Boyle Wiggin, and Terry Wiggin; grandchildren Samantha Wiggin Montealegre, Meredith Wiggin Bell, Josh Bell, Brian Chlan and financee Alison Soderberg; and great grand-children Carolina, Matthew, Ali, and Bella. He also leaves behind his friend and companion, Thelma Downing.
Bob moved to Ashland as a young boy and graduated from Ashland High School in 1946. He worked at L.W. Packard and played on the local baseball team. Bob was a talented baseball pitcher. He was scouted by the Detroit Tigers and offered a contract to pitch for them, but had already made a commitment to serve his country.
Nick-named "Herr Fuss" by German friends for his large feet, he served for four years in the Air Force in Germany before marrying Caroline Norman. His 20-year military career took the family back to Germany, as well as Virginia, Maryland — while he served one year in Alaska — and Idaho. During his time in the military, he was a firetruck mechanic and firefighter on the flight line, then became a fire safety inspector.
After retiring, he and Caroline lived in Plymouth for 16 years before returning to Ashland permanently. In his second career, he worked for Grinnell Sprinkler Systems.
Bob was very civic-minded, volunteering as a meter reader for years, and serving on the Ashland Planning Board and the Water Sewer Commission.
Calling hours will be held on Friday, Sept. 15, at the Dupuis Funeral Home, 11 Hill Ave., in Ashland from 6 to 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Dupuis Funeral Home, 11 Hill Ave., in Ashland, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Green Grove Cemetery Main Street in Ashland.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Squam Lakes Conservation Society http://www.squamslandtrust.org/