Hon. William L. Boyan

September 2, 1927May 5, 2020

William L. Boyan (92) of Naples, Florida, formerly of Lawrenceville, New Jersey, died on May 5.

Bill was born to an Irish-American Catholic family on September 2, 1927, and grew up in Bergenfield, N.J. Growing up during the Depression left him with a life-long love of spice cake and unusual cuts of meat. His wife and children never acquired a taste for either.

Bill attended Xavier High School in New York City and earned a scholarship to Fordham University. Before college, Bill enlisted as an electronics technician in the Navy. In the Navy, he became known as “Skivvy Bill,” the only seaman who insisted on wearing an undershirt in the tropical heat of Guam and Micronesia. While at Fordham, Bill worked at the Bergenfield Post Office. After Fordham, Bill went to Harvard Law School on the G.I. Bill. He met Tia, his loving wife for 54 years, when he drove her home from a date with his best friend from high school.

Bill served in various government positions during his legal career. Bill was the lead prosecution attorney in the then-sensational murder trial of George R. Phillips. He was a New Jersey Judge for 20 years. Bill loved being a judge and refused to retire until his late 70s.

He was proud of his Irish heritage and took his family to the St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York many times. He also took the family to visit lots of churches and castles in Ireland. The only thing Bill loved more than Ireland and the law was his family. His four siblings, Jean, Eileen, Kay, and Gerard, all predeceased him.

Bill and Tia have four children – Timothy, William (Leah), Elisabeth (Jason), and Gina (Don). They also have six grandchildren, one great grandchild, and many nieces and nephews.

The family will all miss his incredibly detailed stories, his seemingly unending knowledge of everything except popular culture, his love of the Yankees, his uncanny ability to solve any electrical problem, and the way he made dogs stop barking by slowly saying, “we need a calm dog.”

The family is grateful to Dr. Lawrence Kohn and Vitas Hospice for making Bill’s last days more comfortable. A private funeral will be held.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill’s name may be sent to Xavier High School in New York City or Micronesia.


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Hon. William L. Boyan

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R. Gartland

May 14, 2020

I remember Bill Boyan for his love and support of The Church of Saint Ann in Lawrenceville. Always ready with a smile and a quick witty comment about whatever was happening which was usually right on target. I found his and Tina's friendship a great support as pastor. Peace and Prayers to Tina and the Family.

Frank McGarry

May 9, 2020

Although I hadn't met his Honor I know of him and his offspring and that says it all of what kind of man, Husband, Father and Grandfather he was. Add to that his dedication to the, Church and Country. Knight of Columbus, Military, and Judge. Thank you for your Service Rest in Peace.


May 9, 2020

Where to begin...
The Boyan family was my second family growing up. Gina was my best friend and Mr. and Mrs. Boyan were like second parents to me. I was a constant fixture in their home. Tim, Will and Liz even tolerating me like an extra little sister they got as some sort of package deal. I have so many memories from those years but some of my favorites would be:
"Daddy Boyan"'s incredible knowledge of all things. He could fix anything and always seemed to have an answer to any question we posed. If ever unsure he would find the answer and return with it. Often referencing the "Merck Manual".
My getting to join in on family trips and adventures.
Tolerating Gina and my need for me to sleep over and watch horror movies EVERY Friday.
The time I visited Gina at St, Peter's and we went to NY for the St. Patrick's day parade. "Dad" met up with us and took us out for corned beef and cabbage. Before parting ways he made sure to check, do you need any "walk around money"? I always thought that line was so cute.
Though I haven't seen my childhood second family in a very long time I am grateful to have facebook to keep connected. Please know what a special place in my heart you all hold. Thank you for accepting me into your family. My heart is with all of you at this sad time. Sending hugs, Kelly

Michael Melnyk

May 9, 2020

Although we did not get to see Judge Boyan often, the times we did spend with him were always a pleasure. He always had a wonderful story to share and always treated Dana and I as family.

May he rest in peace.

With deepest sympathy,
Mike and Dana

Chaz Fertal

May 9, 2020

Rest In Peace Judge. Thank you for your service to our country and for raising wonderful human beings.

Kathy Martin

May 8, 2020

Judge Boyan,

Great souls never ever part. They leave an impression on anyone they come accross. Everyone will always remember you as the fantastic human that you were. My deepest condolences to the entire family and May God bless you all in this hour of grief!!

The Martin Family

Carolyn Broullon

May 8, 2020

While I have never Judge Boyan, I feel as though I have from Gina telling us stories about his escapades in the Navy and on the bench. She also shared how clever and kind he was. Selfishly, I feel most saddened that I did not have get to hear these stories from him. Gina and family, I'm sending you all the biggest virtual hug ever.

Jeanne McVerry

May 8, 2020

My deepest sympathies to your family as you traverse your grief and do your best to honor Judge Boyan's memory. I know he was a man of great conviction and a strong moral center and he passed those traits to his children in such abundance.

Daniel De Bari

May 8, 2020

Rest In Peace Judge Boyan. I believe a man’s children are a reflection of his greatest accomplishments. You must have been a truly amazing man as your daughter Gina is a reflection of your attributes and guidance. Well done sir, your legacy will live on in those who knew you and in your children.

Tristan Anderson

May 8, 2020

Judge Boyan,
A legend among the living, and an inspiration to us all, thank you for everything.


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