James "Jay" F. Hoyle

June 18, 1947November 5, 2021

James F. “Jay” Hoyle, age 74, of Swansea, passed away on Friday, November 5, 2021 at HopeHealth Hulitar Hospice Center in Providence. He was the husband of Dale (Gardiner) Hoyle to whom he had been married close to 52 years.

Born in Fall River, he was the son of the late James H. Hoyle and Barbara (LaBossiere) Hoyle.

Jay worked as a History and Religion Teacher for St. John the Evangelist School in Attleboro for 50 years until his retirement.

A true family man, he was a baseball and softball coach to his children, he enjoyed gardening, yard work and day trips with his wife Dale. Jay especially enjoyed time spent with his beloved grandchildren. A gifted carpenter and former Eagle Scout, he was known to build a deck or two as well as a luxurious treehouse for his grandchildren to enjoy. An avid New England sports fan, he particularly loved watching the Red Sox and Patriots. Jay was a published author, having wrote the book ‘Mark’ a story about his late son who battled AIDS. He founded the ‘Mark Gardiner Hoyle Trust Fund’ in his honor, a foundation that gives scholarships to Joseph Case High School seniors.

Besides his devoted wife, Jay is survived by two children, Scott Hoyle and his wife Katherine and Kathy Hajder and her husband Garrett, all of Swansea; four grandchildren, Camden, Kaylin, Madelyn and Ryan; three siblings, Jayne Wilson, Jeff Hoyle and Jon Hoyle as well as several nieces and nephews. Jay was the father of the late Mark Hoyle and brother of the late Sharon Hoyle.

His Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 10:00 AM in Waring-Sullivan Home at Birchcrest, 189 Gardners Neck Rd, Swansea. Relatives and friends are invited. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 5:00-7:00 PM. Burial in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Swansea.


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, November 9, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, November 10, 2021

  • Burial

    Wednesday, November 10, 2021


James "Jay" F. Hoyle

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Margaret Birch

November 18, 2021

Mr.Holyoke was St.John best teacher!!!He was a great man.

Sharon Marchand

November 12, 2021

It was many years ago that I met Jay and his family on Halloween. That was the beginning of a 35 year friendship. Scott and Becky dressed like Pee Wee Herman and became "pen pals" , Mark video taping his dad and the dance recital. Friends of Mark, Jay letting me be the first to read his book, sharing in the joy and sorrow of Mark. 's life. Marks's positive attitude through all his hospital stays and a Dad who never gave up hope. You left this Earth too soon - the world is a better place because you were in it. RIP and hope that you are united with your son.
Love, Sharon

Chris Kelley

November 10, 2021

I was in 6th grade when Mr. Hoyle came to St John's. My brother, Ed was in his first 7th grade class. He looked so young, we thought he was a new student. I remember the copious notes we took in history class, the Friday afternoon softball games at Willett field, and his desk drawer where he kept all the yo-yos and other stuff he confiscated during class. I had three younger siblings who went through his class and we all have many "Hoyle" stories. He was a dedicated teacher and family man. My sincere condolences to Dale and family. We were lucky to have known him.

Chris Kelley
SJS "72"

Chris Sabourin

November 9, 2021

Condolences to the entire Hoyle Family. Mr. Hoyle was a great teacher, role model and all around amazing person. A kind heart who really cared about other people. His memory will live on in the many people he impacted over the years. He will surely be missed.

Chris Sabourin
SJE ‘87

Mark Houle

November 9, 2021

My prayers and thoughts are with the Hoyle family. Mr. Hoyle was an amazing teacher who inspired all of his students. I thank him for inspiring me during my middle school years. He was the best!

Mark Houle
SJE Class ‘86

Paul Stringham

November 9, 2021

I remember when Jay started at St John's I was in the 6th grade . He loved to teach and love to hit you with the demerits . He gave me a nickname of El Buffalo and made it easier to fit in and he discovered that I really loved history too. When I graduated in 1972 he lobbied to have me write class profercy and I did it. I still have it as a keepsake thanks to him. Later when I went to Feehan he heard that I had interest as carpenter. When my dad past away when I was a freshman he was there for me. When I graduated in 76 he checked up on me again. He made a difference in my life and his lessons and character traits lives on with me and countless number of students that came into his class room. God love you and your family , you were a a real treasure in my life.

Scot Comey

November 8, 2021

Mr. Hoyle was my teacher at St. John’s in the 70’s.
He was and still is the teacher who made the biggest impression on me especially when he gave out demerits (spelling?)!

Peter P Barry

November 8, 2021

Beginning as roommates at St. A's, Jay and our families have been friends for more than half a century. Jay leaves behind a legacy of a loving husband and father, grandfather and a teacher extraordinaire. He will forever be known as a wonderful family man and a committed and nurturing educator. Much like diamonds that are precious and few, so too was Jay's lifelong friendship. Goodbye, good friend. You will be forever missed but not forgotten, Pete and Pam Barry

Keith Custy

November 8, 2021

I am so deeply saddened by the news of Jay's passing. He was my 2nd year roommate at St. Anselm's and a true friend in the passing years. I will cherish the times we shared. He and his wonderful family will be in my prayers. Thanks Jay for showing me how to do life.

John Gautieri

November 8, 2021

Mr. Hoyle had a very large impact on my life as a teacher at Saint John’s . My love of history came from his passion of teaching it. Later on he made that same impact on my children. Even taking the time to help my son achieve the rank of Eagle Scout by working with him on three mandatory merit badges. He was truly one of those teacher you’ll never forget and to be thankful for all the life lessons he taught you even though back then you didn’t realize it.