Geo. H. Lewis & Sons Funeral Directors

1010 Bering Drive, Houston, TX


John Patrick Boylan

August 9, 1966July 3, 2019
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On Wednesday, the 3rd of July 2019, John Patrick Boylan passed away at the age of 53. John was a loving father to three wonderful children, deeply devoted son and brother, and a caring and consistent friend to many.

John was born on the 9th of August 1966, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Peter and Melanie Boylan. After spending most of his youth in Dallas, Texas, he received his BS in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin, and his MBA from the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business. John spent nearly all of his adult life in Houston as a finance professional and entrepreneur in the energy industry.

John was an avid outdoorsman, often found hiking in the mountains of Colorado, hunting and fishing in South Texas or sitting outside with friends talking about life, both casually and deeply. He was a thoughtful, calming influence on everyone around him and possessed a contagious intellectual curiosity. Later in life, through the experiences of his children, John became involved in the John Austin Cheley Foundation, as a trustee, Treasurer and Board Chair. He developed a passion for helping economically disadvantaged youth participate in high quality residential summer camp programs across the USA.

John is survived by and is most proud of his three children, Elizabeth (age 21), John (20) and Camille (19); as well as his parents, Pete and Melanie; brother, Pete; sister-in-law, Debbie; two nieces; two nephews; and dozens of cousins. Influential in his life, John was preceded in death by his sister, Chris, and was a loving uncle to her daughter, Rebecca.

A memorial service and celebration of John’s life is to be conducted at one o’clock in the afternoon, Thursday, the 11th of July, in the Jasek Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.

Immediately following are all invited to greet the family during a reception at a venue to be announced during the service.

In lieu of customary remembrances, John’s family asks that memorial contributions in his honor be directed to the Cheley Foundation at www.cheleyfoundation.org.

We will miss John’s commitment to his family, friends and community deeply.


  • A memorial service and celebration of his life

    Thursday, July 11, 2019


John Patrick Boylan

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Craig Mabrito

July 12, 2019

It is with a great deal of sadness that I learned of John's passing. He was just in the office last month to have his teeth cleaned and we had another chance to catch up on his children, of whom he was so proud, and the latest places to have a wonderful dinner in Houston. These were two subjects that we always were able to get into our conversations. After being a patient since 2002, we will truly miss his infectious smile and sincere attitude toward life.

We will keep our positive memories of John alive as we share our condolences with his family and friends.

Craig Mabrito, DDS

Steve Grace

July 11, 2019

John and I became acquainted through a Thursday night tennis league at the Briar Club. On court, he was a good sportsman, never yelling, whining, cursing or making some sort of scene if a shot were missed. He kept his focus on the game when playing and he always held his own in the matches we played and he played hard on every point. Off the court, John was a gentleman - an excellent listener, genuinely interested in what people had to say and when he spoke, he was well versed in many different topics of conversation and he was as genuine and honest of a man as I've come to know. I will miss him on the courts and especially in the post match conversations. Rest in peace.

Brooke Cheley-Klebe

July 11, 2019

So sorry to hear of this loss. He was one of those people that you could just tell that he cared! He was fun to work with and I always enjoyed talking with him. He will truly be missed.

John Dreyfus

July 11, 2019

I met John a couple of years ago at the Briar Club. We played
tennis in a clinic on Friday afternoons with a couple of other guys. John and I began playing singles. I really enjoyed our matches. Although I did not get to know him very well, I could tell he was a good guy, very unpretentious and easy going. While I enjoyed the competitive tennis matches, I really enjoyed the moments between or after a match when we would sit down and become acquainted with each other.
I was so shocked and saddened by his passing.
John Dreyfus

Natalie Goldberg

July 11, 2019

We did not know John well but he always had a kind word and smile for those of us that knew him at Inwood Manor. His positive energy and presence will be truly missed.

patrick hughes

July 11, 2019

John will be missed and I will miss his calming influence in what are often stressful times in the financial restructuring arena. After working with him both initially as an adversary representative and then several times as an aligned participant, I was always impressed at his ability to look past the partisanship that can often arise. He was truly a pleasure to work with. But in our too infrequent discussions outside of the professional realm, I really appreciated his sense of caring and the intense love and pride he took in his children. I hope they understand that he was always proud of you and cared for you without limits. I am truly sorry for your loss. May God welcome him and give you reminders of his presence.

Tim Lucas

July 10, 2019

On behalf of everyone connected with the John Austin Cheley Foundation who's lives were enriched because of knowing John, or who were directly and indirectly impacted because of his dedicated work for our mission, I share a message of condolence, a message of love and a message of support to John's family and friends. Our community is better for having had John as a member and supporter and we are honored to have witnessed his compassion, his strength, his kindness and his wisdom. He was our leader and our friend and he will be missed terribly. We hope that John's family and friends achieve some comfort in the knowledge that he made the lives of the people he touched infinitely better.

Jennifer Tipton

July 10, 2019

I count myself among the lucky folks who got to work with John on the board of the John Austin Cheley Foundation. His humor, humility, smarts, calm demeanor and kindness guided us in so many ways and his generosity of spirit and quick smile brought warmth and laughter to every interaction. He will be horribly missed. My heart goes out to his beloved kids, family and friends - I am so very sorry for your unimaginable loss. The world is a lesser place with out John in it. My hope is that if we all learn to hold our loved ones a little bit tighter, practice his patient kindness and imbue even the toughest situations with grace and positivity, we will be honoring John’s wonderful spirit and sending it rippling out into the wider world. Rest in peace, my friend.

Kirstin Sullivan

July 10, 2019

I was without words when I heard of John's passing. A terrible loss. I knew John on the John Austin Cheley Foundation Board and worked with him for the last six years. I became Board Chair following John's tenure as Chair, and he was an enormous support, mentor, and friend. I valued his example of calm yet strong leadership, and his passion for the board and its future was unmatched. John's family, friends, and colleagues are in my prayers. I am blessed that I could call John my friend, and that I had the opportunity to learn from his example of integrity and kindness. He will be missed.

Andy Mizell

July 9, 2019

Our hearts go out to the children and his family Sincerely Stephanie & Andy

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