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James J. Boyle III

James Boyle, 71, passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 17 at Abington Memorial Hospital surrounded by his loving family. 

Jim was raised in Levittown by his parents, James and Concetta Boyle, and quickly learned the value of family and the taste of a good, home-cooked meal. His size and stubbornness created the perfect combination for a defensive tackle, earning him a spot on Bishop Egan’s football squad. He went on to be an indispensable member of the team, helping the Egan Eagles earn City League and Catholic League championships in 1967 and 1969. 

Jim’s talents earned him multiple accolades, getting named a Pennsylvania All-Star by the Associated Press and UPI and MVP of the Philadelphia Catholic League. Jim was also selected to the All-Delaware Valley, All-Catholic and All-Bucks County teams in 1968 and 1969 and a National Football Hall of Fame Delaware Valley High School Scholar Athlete. Jim has been inducted twice into Conwell-Egan’s Sports Hall of Fame, individually in 2013 and again in 2023 as a member of the 1969 championship team.

After graduating from Bishop Egan in 1970, Jim went on to play college football at the University of Maryland, but an injury cut short his time on the gridiron. His focus shifted to courting Francine Hogan after meeting her at a New Year’s Eve Party in 1971, marrying her in May 1974 and starting a family in Levittown. They both worked multiple jobs to support their growing home, relying on the generosity of family to find babysitters and creativity in the kitchen to save money.

A job interview began Jim’s long career at Systems & Computer Technology, where he started out managing Temple University’s software systems. He soon started earning enough money to allow Francine to focus on managing the house and caring for the children. Jim’s intelligence and leadership helped him rise quickly through the company, becoming an important project manager for clients in a job his wife and kids never fully understood. By the mid-2000s Jim was a top executive for the company, tying his tie each morning while singing a favorite show tune.

His work frequently led to long hours at the office and months-long business trips around the country as he developed key relationships with clients. Despite the demands of his career, Jim kept his family the number one priority, attending as many football, softball, soccer and basketball games as he could. For a few years, Jim volunteered as a coach for the Warminster Pioneers football program. 

Jim made it a point to be on the sidelines as much as he could, either as a coach or a fan. If he couldn’t go to a game, he would be at practices encouraging his kids to hold their ground when the defense tried to tear their heads off or if a runner tried to steal second. Jim drilled into his kids the importance of boxing out for a rebound, running with your head up and your knees up and letting hard work speak for itself. Everything he taught on the field, he turned into a life lesson.

In 1978, Jim and Francine moved the family to a quiet neighborhood in Warminster and over the next 45 years made a home filled with love, joy and memories of Nerf battles, Christmas mornings and homemade pasta. 

Before there was Google, there was dad, who seemed to know the answer to every question, how to fix just about anything that broke and how to win almost any argument. Jim’s relentless sense of humor kept his family in hysterics their whole lives. Even in his most painful moments, Jim found ways to make everyone laugh.

When a computer needed to be fixed, a long road trip needed a driver and a trivia team needed a ringer, Jim answered the call. His devotion to his children carried through to their adult lives. When his youngest daughter needed help with her pet-grooming business, Jim supported her with words of encouragement and management expertise. If they ever felt like they did not know an answer, Jim helped his kids come up with a solution together.

He taught his kids to always put family first, not to take themselves too seriously and that the best way to overcome a crisis is to not panic and come up with a plan. He will always be remembered as a loving Husband, Dad, Pop-Pop, Great Pop-Pop, Brother, Uncle and Friend.

Jim is survived by his wife, Francine (Hogan), children Kelly Boyle, James (Kathleen) Boyle, Daniel (Dawn) Boyle, and Frances (Joseph) Cotellese, brother Michael, sisters Maureen and Nan, his 12 grandchildren, one great-grandson, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass in celebration of Jim will be held at Nativity of Our Lord Church, 605 West Street Road, Warminster, on Thursday May 25. Visitation will be held at 9:30 a.m., mass begins at 11 a.m., followed by a luncheon. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Conwell-Egan Football Team, 611 Wistar Road, Fairless Hills, 19030.

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Service/Memorial Information
  • Morning Visitation

    Thursday, May 25th, 2023
    9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

    Nativity of Our Lord Church
    605 West Street Road
    Warminster, PA 18974

  • Service

    Thursday, May 25th, 2023
    11:00 AM

    Nativity of Our Lord Church
    605 West Street Road
    Warminster, PA 18974

  • Interment

    Interment will be held privately

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