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Obituary: Former Freehold Mayor Bill Boyle Dies at 88

Visiting hours will be held on Monday, April 30 at the Higgins Memorial Home from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.

Judge James William ( Bill ) Boyle, 88 died on April 26 at . He was surrounded by his three children, six grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.

He graduated and class of 1942, where he was a class officer all four years, a member of the boy’s varsity basketball team and the track and field team.

When he graduated he worked as a mail clerk for the FBI in Washingotn D.C., for one year, while attending night school at George Washington University.

During WWII, he entered the U.S. Air Force. He was assigned to the North Atlantic Unit Division Air Transport Command as a Sergeant. He received the American Service Medal, the European-African Middle Eastern Service Medal, and the WWII Victory Medal.

After the war, he married Gloria DeSarno of Asbury Park, and graduated from Rutgers University and Rutgers Law School. He became a Special Agent of the F.B.I. and served in the Chicago, Cleveland, Memphis, and NYC offices for four years. He passed the D.C. and N.J. Bar Exams and began practicing law in Freehold with attorneys Jerry Sokol and Alexander Levchuk in 1954.

In 1955, he became Magistrate Judge of Allentown and Upper Freehold Township Municipal Court; then Magistrate of . He was the Municipal Attorney for Freehold and Manalapan Township.

Boyle was Mayor of Freehold for nine years and Monmouth County Surrogate for five years. He was a Judge of State Workers Compensation for thirteen years until his retirement in 2000.

Boyle was also a member of the former Freehold and Freehold Township Lions Clubs; A member of the Freehold Regional Board of Education; ; St. Rose of Lima Knights of Columbus  Fourth Degree, American Legion, Veterans  of Foreign Wars; Monmouth County Bar Association, N.J.  Bar Association, and President of Freehold Borough Republican Club.

Judge Boyle was a member of the Deal Golf and Country Club, where he served on several committees, and the Battleground Country Club.

Judge Boyle was married for sixty-four years to Gloria DeSarno. He was predeceased by his parents Joseph and Nellie Boyle of Freehold, his three sisters, Loretta Wilson, Helen Heiser, and Mary Patricia ( Patti ) Dorey, his two brothers, Joseph ( Gene ) and George Boyle, and his loving wife, Gloria.

He is survived by his sons, William Joseph and his wife, Gail, of Basking Ridge, Patrick James and his wife, Joanne, of Freehold; a  daughter Kathleen Diane Palkovic and husband, Ivan, of Maryland; grandchildren, Ivan Palkovic, Patrick Palkovic, Joseph Palkovic, Marie  Boyle, Shannon Boyle, and Caroline Boyle, great grandchildren, Rose Palkovic,  Perla Palkovic, Eleanor Palkovic, Seth Palkoic, and Nico Palkovic.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday, April 30 at the from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, May 1 at 10:00 a.m. at .    

Memorial donation to the would be appreciated.

Click here to leave condolences on the Higgins Memorial Web site.

Share your favorite memory of this imporant Freehold figure in the comments section below on this page.

Marc LeVine April 30, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Thank you for your service to our town. Your memory will live on as part of Freehold Borough's long and rich history. Rest in peace.
Mike April 30, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Some of my first childhood memories of Freehold politics was from Mayor Boyle. I remember cocktail parties at his home, he was always the life of the party! A gentleman and a wonderful example of a political leader. Mayor Boyle left a mark on Freehold and we should all remember him and Thank him for his years of service! My father and Mayor Boyle had a wonderful relationship and I always looked up to him! Thank You for all you did, Freehold will miss you! God Bless your family.
Chuck Ward July 07, 2012 at 03:57 AM
To Bills family: Please forgive me for not extending condolences sooner. I just found out about this. May God give you peace and comfort during this time. Bill was Mayor when I was hired in Freehold Borough in 1980. He served the Borough and the Courts very well and is missed by everyone. God Bless you, Chuck Ward St. Augustine, Fl.
Arthur W. Burns December 02, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Forgive me. I just learned of his death. I had a drapery shop below his office at 12 w, main street. He at that time rode his bike to work from his home everyday! We became friends, what a great guy!!! What a great and gental guy. I loved him like a father. I can't say enough about him. God bless Bill, that he was in my life.Thank you Bill for being in my life, you made a differance in mine! Thank you! Arthur W. Burns

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