October 9, 1948 – May 23, 2018
Brian Murphy Boales was born on October 9, 1948. He passed away May 23, 2018 at the age of 69. Brian enjoyed hosting, entertaining people, history, watching sports (especially baseball and golf), and day trading. He worked for CNA for 24 years, followed by Frank Winston Crum Insurance for the last part of his career. He sat on the Crum Board of Trustees many years after.
Brian is survived by his devoted wife Sheila Collins Boales, daughter Murphy Cassandra Boales, son Foster John Boales, son Nolan Correnty Boales and his wife Alicia Laurice Boales, and eight grandchildren, brother Owen Boales and wife Evi, and several nieces and nephews. Services will be held Friday, June 1st at 11:00 A.M. at Saint John Neumann Catholic Church, 801 Tom Smith Road, S.W., Lilburn, Georgia 30047. A reception will be held after at the Boales residence.
July 18, 2018
I just learned that Brian died thru our mutual friend Bill Loder.
I work for him for a number of years at CNA. He as certainly quite a guy probably one of the smarter bosses I had.
I hadn’t talked to him for a number of years . There are many things that can be said about him but he was certain a guy that lived his own life and enjoyed it.
June 13, 2018
Sheila , Greg and I just wanted to send our thoughts and prayers out to you and the children and the rest of the family . We enjoyed the long weekend we spent with you all when snow days was at stone mt. We were excited when Nolan and Alicia asked us to come. We were happy for the opportunity to get meet and know Nolan's family . I had only briefly meet Bryan at their wedding . Thank you for being such wonderful host ! We will continue to pray for you and the children.
June 1, 2018
Brian was always extremely generous to me with his time, money and talents. I have no question that Brian would do anything he could for me as if I were his little brother. One of my favorite memories in life was during my senior year of college in 1987. I never dreamed that I would be able to go to a Final 4. Brian called me a week before the Final 4 and told me to get to New Orleans, he had tickets for us in the owner of the New Orleans Saints personal box to watch the Final 4. I flew to Houston and we drove to New Orleans the next day (we were running late and Brian got pulled over in the middle of no-where Louisiana doing about 100mph. The officer said he had just pulled another person over doing 90mph going to the Final 4 and they were sitting at the station (there was no way that they were making the games)...Brian, with his Philly accent in South Louisiana, somehow connected with the officer and before you know it we were talking and laughing with the officer and Brian didn’t even get a ticket!). We made it to the Final 4 and had the best seats in the house for one of the greatest Final 4s in history (with all the free food we wanted because we were in a box). A few weeks later, Brian sent me the tickets to those games framed, which still hang in my basement next to the Final 4 poster from that year. I have pointed those tickets out to my children many times as I told them about Brian.
I am happy to have these memories and that Brian deeply enriched my life.
June 1, 2018
A wave of emotions and memories overcame me when I received the news that my dear friend Brian had passed. I am so happy that I recently reconnected with him after several years. I recall leaving that meeting on cloud 9 that I had reunited with my friend. Brian had a unique ability to make you feel good. He made you laugh, he made you think, he listened and gave great advice. Brian beamed that day as he told me about his wife and his children. Brian also asked me about all my old friends by name.
Brian had a brilliant business mind that I will miss and he had an amazing understanding of people. When I met him he was responsible for the CNA Office in Little Rock. He was 31! Brian treated me like his little brother. He took me to his office, took me to games, played basketball with me, and was genuinely interested in my life. Brian and I enjoyed hanging out in his sun room and watch sports, especially his beloved Philadelphia teams. We were both ecstatic when the 76ers won the NBA Championship in 1983. I considered Brian as one of my best friends- I was crushed when he moved to Houston, but he had to professionally. Needless to say, I learned a lot from Brian about business as well as life.
While most people know Brian as brilliant businessman, I remember Brian as an amazing basketball player and basketball scholar, trained on the tough streets of Philly. During the summers I would invite all my friends over and we would play late into the evenings- on the weekends we would often still be battling it out after midnight. Understand that many of these guys were all conference high school basketball players and Brian was always defended by guys that were 6-3 to 6-5. Brian was a scoring magician around the basket and as you can imagine a physical rebounder. Remember- Brian was in his 30s playing with 20 year olds one of which was a D1 basketball player. We were in the best shape of our lives.
June 1, 2018
To the Boales Family- Mere words alone cannot express the sorrow that one feels at the loss of a father and husband. Even though you are grieving, please know in your heart that this family man now rests in a better place in Heaven. Cherish the memories of all the times that you shared together as you celebrate his life today. May God continue to Bless you and Keep you in the Light of His love!
With deepest sympathy,
May 30, 2018
I first met Brian in the early 80's at CNA. Over the following few years we became close business associates and I also counted him as a friend. Brian and I share the exact same birthday; October 9th, 1948. I am a pint size guy and Brian is not. From time to time, Brian would send me a unique gift on our respective birthdays and one of my favorites was an original New York newspaper addition from 1948....dated October 9th. Babe Ruth was featured.
While we meet many wonderful people during our lifetime, there are some who simply make a unique and lasting impression. Brian was one of those unique and interesting people that made you feel better for just having been around him. Brian always made time for others. He was always respected for his business intellect but will be remembered, by many, for his people skills and the relationships he built over the years. I will think of him often and especially every October 9th.
My condolences to the family and Brian's many friends.
May 29, 2018
When Brian first interviewed me I thought he was the hit man for the mob. My interview occurred at the Austin airport. I was in the reserves at the time, and my unit was doing drug interdiction. I was advised someone may contact me to make a deal. Brian and Ken Wendler asked to meet me at the airport. I had security waiting for my signal. I was the risk manager for the City of Austin at that time. Brian drank 2-3 beers, and the other gentleman looked like the Godfather. I told the airport police to come in and arrest the gentleman on my signal. I mistakenly forgot about my signal as I realized this was a real interview. They hired me 25 years ago to privatize a state agency. Our organizations success is directly attributable to his dedication and commitment. He told me anyone can join an established organization, but it takes great talent to start one. I am guessing God needed someone to start up a new organization in heaven.
May 28, 2018
My favorite memory of Brian was the very first time I met him. It was the Fourth of July. I walked up and introduced myself and his very first statement was your a big guy, I expect you to eat 2 plates at dinner! At that exact moment I knew he was the type of man who loved to entertain and certainly knew how to have an absolute feast. Over the course of our relationship I learned a lot from him about investing and how to really step into the real world after college. I highly respected him and always loved his sense of humour. I’ll always miss coming home to him and spending the day watching the stock market and planning out all the meals for the week.
May 27, 2018
I have so many memories of Brian. Him spending time with my children! Spending holidays together. Teaching me history. He and Billy watching golf, baseball and football while grilling poolside. But one of my most favorite memories happened in November when we got to go spend 4 days with Brian and Sheila in Clearwater Beach! He showed me all the celebrity homes in the area. Told me stories about past trips and we got to go to his favorite restaurant. We had an amazing meal and great time! I never saw him the whole trip without a smile on his face! I loved this man like a father. He was always way too generous to my family because that is who he is. I will miss him so much. A little piece of my heart went to heaven on Wednesday. I am so blessed to have gotten to spend the last 11 years getting to know him.
May 26, 2018
I have had the good fortune to live next door to Brian and Sheila for 23 years. He was a congenial neighbor who was fun to be around and who always worked to solve any neighborhood problem. Sure going to miss the big guy and all of the fourth of July fireworks displays that he choreographed. Rest in peace, buddy. Jim & Joanne