John Ernest Boyle, 87, quietly passed away in Victoria, BC on May 22, 2021 at The Saanich Peninsula Hospital.

John will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Rena Dulcie Bernice (Cabeldu) Boyle; his sons, John, Peter and Timothy and their spouses Linda, Lisa, and Susan; two grandchildren, Adam and Samuel.

Born June 4, 1933 in Stratford Upon Avon, England – John lived a rich, full, and eventful life. He was a character, possessing a big personality, a huge heart, and a keen sense of humour. He was a well-known and respected member of the Victoria business community. Many in Victoria might have known him through the Castaways Rugby Club, Union Club, George Pauline Travel & Lunds Auctioneers.

All who knew him will miss his quick wit and charm.  Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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  • Christopher Wall

    My heartfelt condolences to the Boyle family. To Mrs. Boyle, John Jr, Peter and Tim, For me, John Boyle Sr was a true character and personality, something rare and often missed. Particularly to you Tim, I will always have great memories of your Dad in full swing in the auction room, and at Swans on those famous Thursday evenings in the late 80s.
    Christopher Wall, Vancouver

  • Varzeliotis

    We are all saddened by the passing of John and remember him at the podium with his unique sense of humour.
    Tom, Helen and Lena Varzeliotis

  • Varzeliotis

    We are all saddened by the passing of John and remember him at the podium with his unique sense of humour.
    Tom, Helen and Lena VarzeliotisHelen

  • Ann and Hugh Porter

    Dear Didi and family:
    We were greatly saddened to read of “Mr. Boyle’s” passing.
    In addition to our enjoyable experiences at”Lunds”, the younger members of both families enjoyed activities together in earlier times.
    Our condolences to you and to John Jr., Peter, Tim and families.

  • Tony Beckett

    I’d been wondering about “Mr. Boyle” recently, and sorry to see his passing. I hope his “final furlong” of life was good for him and his family. His humour and enthusiasm and knowledge regarding auctioneering certainly allowed me to become a life-long fan of him and auctions during my past 40 years on the Island. My condolences and best wishes to the family.

  • Brenda Wilson

    Dear Didi and the sons
    I was sad to read about John’s death.
    So much energy was shown by John for his friends. Wick had lots of great stories so no one could call John boring!
    He did a number of value information estimates at our home and Elizabeth Wilson’s with a wide degree of skill .To be able to really trust John’s estimates is very valuable. His business skills were wide and he ran a good chance to buy and sell interesting pieces.
    Losing a family member is so very difficult. Hoping that your good memories makes this journey more tolerable.
    Thinking of you all
    Brenda Wilson

  • Elizabeth Everett

    Dear Peter, John and family:
    We were very sorry to hear of your fathers passing. He was a wonderful, entertaining Auctioneer and we have many wonderful memories of his witty, charming personality. The photo you chose is perfect; just like we remember him.
    With our sincere condolences,
    Liz & Peter Everett

  • Joe Burritt

    John, Didi, and family were a big part of my life while at Lund’s. He was a great man, and I thank you!
    Will cherish all the memories. Sending condolences to the family, from Joe, Ineke, and the girl’s. Cheer’s to the ol’ man.

  • Penny Farthing Antiques - Katholeen and Lloyd Barnes

    A talented, friendly and fun fellow.

  • Colin Ross

    My condolences to the Boyle Family.
    I was saddened to read that John passed away. He was indeed such a special character, and those of us who knew him since he was young and healthy and enjoying rugby, will cherish his wonderful sense of humour and consistent joie de vivre. He was one of the best!

  • Glen Myles

    My deep condolences to the Boyle family on the loss of John Sr.

  • Vicki Screech

    The picture of John in the paper was perfect – the auction was so much fun when he was the auctioneer.
    I was also reminded of the time John arranged Guy’s and my honeymoon to Barbados’s and sent us a bottle of champagne on the plane!! Those were the days!!
    He will be very much missed by all who knew him in Victoria and I send my sympathies to you Dede, John Jr. Peter and Tim! A hard act to follow!! Love from Vicki and Guy.

  • Joanna Hadfield

    Dear Didi and the Boyle Boys
    My best wishes to all of you. Living next door to the Boyles was a part of my memory bank and history – a part of my life that was never dull. There are quips that John made that I still remember and although I’ve lost touch with you all I do think of you and smile at some of the memories. Notice I say “some” of the memories? Remember when the Morris Minor almost came in our front door? Not saying who was involved. Maybe John never knew about that and probably that was good! Again, best wishes for dealing with the grief. Warmest regards, Jo

  • alun rees

    I was saddened to read this morning of John’s passing, and I would like to offer my condolences to his family.

    John and I played rugby in those early Castaway RFC days, and unfortunately John’s playing career was cut short due to a bad shoulder injury.

    However , as we all know, he had a wonderful sense of humor that was always in good taste, and it allowed him to move forward in style.

    He will be sadly missed by family and his many friends.

    Kindest regards,

    Alun Rees

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