SO LONG FRIEND: Pat Boyle will be remembered as a character who lived by his wits.
SO LONG FRIEND: Pat Boyle will be remembered as a character who lived by his wits. Toni Somes

FAREWELL: Wife, friends say goodbye to true 'character'

PAT Boyle was a character and a man true to his word.

Born Vincent Thomas Boyle in 1928, the well-known Killarney personality passed away on Sunday evening after a long illness.

He started work at the tender age of 14 in the timber industry, building his profile as a businessman throughout this lifetime as he eventually cleared enough land to create prime grazing patches for cattle.

Married to his wife Ann for 55 years, he was community-minded and shared his love of cricket with the young.

He played in the Killarney cricket team

and donned the hat as captain.

Mrs Boyle said there could be as many as 16-18 children at their house at any given time playing his beloved sport.

"Pat helped a lot of kids, we had no children ourselves but he helped rear his nephews and helped mine,” she said.

"He loved to see kids play sport, it wasn't all about himself.

"He didn't like to have kids on the street, that's why he wanted them to play here.”

Mrs Boyle said her husband should be remembered as a friend who enjoyed getting people together.

"Pat loved a party and a sing-song, he just loved being around people. He liked to see people happy,” she said.

Friend Keith Murphy, who Mr Boyle called 'Buggery' for reasons unknown to him, summed up Pat as a great mate.

"It's hard to classify the calibre of a man that Pat was, there was no one like him before and never will be another,” he said.

"He loved life, good friends, he liked to work and really could work hard.

"The mountains above Killarney will stand as a credit to Pat forever.”

Mr Murphy said Mr Boyle loved to dance.

"He loved country and western music and has a wonderful collection of the same,” he said.

"He loved his wife, a woman of great stamina.”

Peter Wickham said he was a man who lived on his wits.

Mr Wickham will never forget when Mr Boyle first "came up the mountain” and bought the first bulldozer in the area, a brand new HD9 Brown and Hurley from Kyogle.

Mr Boyle also took a lot of cattle to the Warwick Rodeo and Mr Wickham said he was a strong supporter of local businesses.

The pair made many good memories at the pub on Friday evenings.

"He always had a smile and a yarn, and he could laugh at himself,” Mr Wickham said.

"I'll always remember him as someone you could go and have a good yarn to.”

A funeral will be held at 11am this Friday at Holy Cross Catholic Parish, Tecoma St, Killarney, followed by a wake at Killarney Recreation Club.



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