OBITUARY

Arthur George Boyle

November 2, 1915November 30, 2018

Arthur Boyle (103) of London Ontario, passed away peacefully with family at his side, Friday November the 30th. at his home in the Western Counties Wing for Veterans, Parkwood Institute. Art was born November 2nd. 1915, in Gaspe Quebec. He lived a hard life during the depression years, “riding the rail” to western Canada, to make ends meet. In 1937 he thought that the army would provide him a better income, food and a dry roof over his head and so it was that his armed forces career began. Initially he signed up with the Royal Canadian Dragoons, a horse cavalry regiment but the beginning of the war changed everything. Still training with horses, swords and a lance in 1939 they were easily outmatched by enemy forces overseas. It was at this time that Art transferred to the 1st Hussar Tank regiment where he spent the remainder of his army career. Art trained in Canada, England and Scotland and would eventually go ashore in a tank, at Juno Beach, D-Day June 6th 1944. Art spent the rest of war fighting in France, Belgium and into Holland before being transferred back to England as an instructor. He survived many near death experiences being wounded a number of times. At the end of the war, Art settled in London where the Hussars were based and he met the love of his life Barbara, while delivering bread on a horse and wagon. It was soon after, he started two new roles; a long career in the construction industry as a Steamfitter and that of a parent. He was an avid Toronto Blue Jays fan and loved playing euchre and crib. Art is survived by his 3 sons, Don Affleck and his wife Pat, Kenneth Boyle and his partner Lynne Kniffen and Gerald Boyle and his wife Marggie; 4 grandchildren, Tim Affleck and his wife Vicki Brandon Boyle and his wife Amanda Zhang, Amanda and Thalia Boyle; 2 great-grandchildren, Mary Affleck and Alisha McLean. Art was predeceased by Barbara Boyle nee Clemas (1984) and Hazel Boyle nee Patterson (2011). At Art’s request, there will no funeral or celebration of life. Interment will be at Woodland Cemetery in London beside his wife Barbara. The family would like to recognize and thank the staff of the Western Counties Wing, 3rd floor of Parkwood Veterans Care, for their care and compassion over the last 2 years.

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Arthur George Boyle

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Noemi Villa Castillo

December 6, 2018

I always enjoyed Arthurs' sleepovers at Xmas, the times at the Legion.
Coming over every Saturday. When my daughter Thalia,loved to make Grampee a whiskey. Always a double. He would say thats gooood!
He always was good to me and I Loved having him in my life.
With sympathy from Ismael Villa in Cuba and the Villa Family
Grampa rest in peace.

Noemi Villa

Bryan Patterson

December 4, 2018

First of all on behalf of the Patterson Family I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to the Boyle Family. Art Boyle was my grandfathers closest wartime buddy. My grandfather's name was Ross Stanley Patterson who had Art to the house for a many wartime parties to celebrate and share old times together. I have to say it was a great pleasure to get to know Art. A great guy indeed and hated talking about the war accept for the fact he would share details and war stories with friends of his family especially when he knew them. RIP Art! You are with one of your closest friends Trooper Ross Stanley Patterson now and you are sharing many a war story together and now that you guys are together you will be having many a party and Bill McCormick is there by your side too. It was a good opportunity I got know you when I took the chance. Love you. I have placed in a picture as to how Art looked when i visited last. But I am the grandson of Ross Stanley Patterson
Bryan Patterson

Judy & Norman McCallum

December 3, 2018

Always enjoyed our visits with Arthur over the years, such an interesting man, our sincere sympathy to the family.

Joel & Carolyn Patterson

December 2, 2018

We loved meeting Arthur along with Ken, Gerald and others at the Victory branch Legion Saturday afternoons for a few drinks, the odd game of darts and lots of laughs. We will miss our get togethers but will cherish the memories.

Nazreen McLawrence

December 2, 2018

Nazreen McLawrence

December 2, 2018

Larry and Lorna Miller

December 2, 2018

To Uncle Arthur's family we are sending sincere sympathy and love.We loved this man with the beautiful smile and great personality.Even though we didn't see him very often in the latter years ,we kept in touch.We will hold his memory in our hearts .Hugs!Larry and Lorna

FROM THE FAMILY