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No place like home: Family remembers Tom Boylan, thanks Montrose

Posted: Saturday, November 7, 2009 12:00 am

My name is Jeanne Boylan, one of six children born to Tom and Jean Boylan of Montrose. My parents eloped from New York City in 1947 order to marry and raise a family in what was then a small and hidden western town. With great pride, they purchased their first home together in the late 40s. Over a span of 13 years, all six children were bundled up in cotton and driven home from Montrose Memorial Hospital, just two blocks away, and carried up the concrete steps of the house we'd all live in through high school graduation. It remains our family home to this day.

Over the years, my father became a Montrose volunteer fireman who loved driving the mascot fire truck in the Main Street parades. He was part of the summer softball teams behind the high school, a beaming father as his kids played sports, or swam competitively, and rode in the county rodeos on the arthritic horse he bought for us all.  We could outrun that horse, but he'd chosen it specifically for us so that we would be sure to be safe.

"Tom" as he was affectionately called about town, wanted a to make a life for my mother and us that he'd never had growing up on the rough streets of the Bronx and Manhattan as they existed back then. His love of Colorado grew so deep and enduring that from age19 to 82, he never went east again. The only NY trace left in him was a glimpse now and then in his 'tough guy' humor or mannerisms.

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  • anonymous posted at 4:36 am on Mon, Nov 9, 2009.

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    I loved all of Tom’s stories about his lifetime of adventures. I admired his devotion to his faith, his strong opinions, his since of humor, and his compassion for others. I’m a better person today because of his friendship. I know how much he loved his family, and I’m truly sorry for your loss, and the brutal last two weeks. I’m so relieved he has been found. Now we can celebrate the legacy Tom has left.

  • anonymous posted at 10:48 am on Sun, Nov 8, 2009.

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    Having known the Boylan family since 1966, My heart and and prayers go out to each of you. I have a lot of fond memories of this family along with all of the wonderful memories of growing up in this wonderful community. It's respectable people like the Boylans that make Montrose a quality community, a place I call home. God Bless You All.

  • anonymous posted at 11:48 am on Sat, Nov 7, 2009.

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    I remember "the horse", it was Pokey. He was the best kid's horse. He lifted his foot & held it suspended in the air after I handed the belly strap to Catherine while holding his reigns. oops, I'm a city cousin from New England.... It was 1967 your family made so many strong impressions in my memories, I will always cherish.

  • anonymous posted at 8:37 am on Sat, Nov 7, 2009.

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    Rest in Peace, Dad. I love you

  • anonymous posted at 3:18 am on Sat, Nov 7, 2009.

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    May God bless your family for all you have endured. Tom was indeed, a"friend" to all. He is truly the man men should aspire to be. Thank you for sharing him with Montrose.

  • gwd351 posted at 3:06 am on Sat, Nov 7, 2009.

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    our deepest sympathies for your father,he was a GREAT GREAT Man he will be sorley missed by all

  • anonymous posted at 1:23 am on Sat, Nov 7, 2009.

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    My prayers for you and your family. We all held hopes that he would have been found safely. My very best in your healing.His memory is your keepsakeFrom which It willl never partGod has him in his keepingYou have him always in your heart.Cynthia CaronExecutive Director-FounderLostNMissing, Inc


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