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Rev. Robert J. Boyle

December 06, 1931 - April 13, 2021

Obituary For Rev. Robert J. Boyle

Age 89, on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 of Pittsburgh.

Reverend Robert J. Boyle was the son of the late Patrick J. and Agnes M. (Devlin) Boyle and is survived by one brother, Jim (Kathy) from Cary, NC. He was predeceased by 11 of his sisters and brothers: Agnes, Joe (Monnie), Bill, Paul, Jean Becker, Rocky (Shirley), Ray (Kit), Knute, Tom (Maureen), Hank (Ruth), and Margie Studnicki. Undoubtedly, they are shuffling decks of cards and shining up their golf clubs as they welcome him to the afterlife. Fr. Boyle was also the beloved uncle of 52 nieces and nephews and hundreds of great-nieces/nephews. They will always remember his Irish wit and also his guidance and comfort in times of need. A graduate of St. Basil’s Catholic Grade School and High School in Carrick, PA, Fr. Boyle attended Waynesburg University on a basketball scholarship for two years and then was drafted into the Army. After service to his country, he completed his priestly formation at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, PA. Fr. Boyle was ordained to the Priesthood on May 4, 1963 by Bishop John Wright. For 54 years he faithfully served the people and the Diocese of Pittsburgh at the following parishes: St. Teresa of Avila, North Hills; St. John the Baptist, Lawrenceville, serving as Headmaster of Lawrenceville Catholic School; St. James Society in Chimbote, Peru; St. Bernard, Mt. Lebanon; St. Bernadette, Monroeville; founding Pastor at Good Shepherd, Braddock; Church of the Assumption, Bellevue; St. Francis of Assisi, Finleyville, and St. Isaac Jogues, Jefferson Hills. He retired from the diocese in 2017. Fr. Boyle also served as the Spiritual Director for the Diocesan Ladies of Charity, was a member of the Clergy Personnel Board, an elected member of the Priest’s Benefit Plan Board, Dean of the Washington East Deanery, and Chaplain to various local hospitals. He served on the planning committee for the Chimbote Peru Annual Dinner and was a member of the Pittsburgh-Greensburg Fraternity of Priests. Second only to his devotion to the Lord, Fr. Boyle had a lifelong love of golf. From Oakmont to Pinehurst to Puerto Rico and all the way to Ireland, he enjoyed the pursuit of a perfect day on the links. He was happy to be on a golf course anytime with any companion, no matter their skill level. Fr. Boyle also loved his Pittsburgh sports teams, especially the Steelers. Funeral arrangements are as follows. Please understand that masks and social distancing guidelines must be adhered to. Friends will be received at the John F. Slater Funeral Home, Inc., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood 15227 on Sunday from 2-6 p.m. Visitation on Monday, 9-10 a.m. in St. Benedict the Abbot Catholic Church, McMurray, PA, followed by 10:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial. Interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. The Funeral Mass will be live-streamed and accessible at www.john23.org. If desired, please send memorial donations in his name to The Chimbote Foundation, 2900 Noblestown Road, Pittsburgh PA, 15205 (www.chimbotefoundation.org).

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As everyone will tell you, Father Boyle was a pure joy. He brought so much life and a sense of ease to St. Isaac. I remember everyone smiling more. Such a truly pleasant and calming individual to be around. His homilies were captivating to me even at such a young age, and I always felt spiritually rejuvenated afterwards. Father Boyle impacted so many lives with his genuine kindness and regard for those around him. I'm honored to be one of his altar servers and part of his parish. I'm glad all of heaven gets to experience his welcoming smile. Although I, and many, may not be able to give our final (Irish) farewell. Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
- Madison Myers
Father Boyle was the priest who I received my first holy communion he made me mass so special and always so welcoming outside after I was honored to be an altar boy for him . He showed me the how special mass was and made me love it to this day. God Bless you Father you will always be thought of as the person that started me on my catholic faith journey
- Timothy Esposito
As my sister, Carolyn Havey Waleko, stated, my mother and Fr. Bob were first cousins. Fr. Bob married me, baptized my children, and the majority of my grandchildren. He always had a smile on his face, and he enjoyed guessing which one of the Havey clan I was. I hate to see you go because you will be truly missed by many. So many of the Boyle/Devlin/Havey family members that have gone before you are waiting to welcome you home. God Speed Fr. Bob. Until we meet again.
- Peggy Havey Matthis
Father Bob married my husband Chris and I 23 years ago at Assumption. Wonderful man. Our condolences to his family especially the Rocky Boyle family, Shirley and Colleen and Jan. With heartfelt condolences, Karen (Rittle) and Chris Leigh.
- Karen Leigh
"Well done good and faithful servant: Enter". Father Boyle was by far the most wonderful priest, pastor and person I have encountered in my lifetime! His sermons always had meaning and better ways to love and serve the Lord and to help you to be a better person it's amazing how I remember the things he told me in confessions or just in talking to him. He was always upbeat and friendly. He has taught me so much and I thank the Lord and Blessed Mother for guiding us to St. Francis ofAssisi Parish (the best Parish we ever belonged too and it was mainly due to his teaching and hard work. It was funny, he never could remember my first name but when he started to call me Mary I didn't mind at all. I know his family and everyone whose heart he touched will miss him terribly. May God's love and peace with his family and friends. Our loss is Heaven's gain! Janet M. Nyga
- Janet M Nyga
I vividly remember when I met Father Boyle, it was early March 2003. Lou Merolli and I had just married in Lockport, IL and moved back to Finleyville, PA and St. Francis of Assisi parish. The first Sunday while Lou parked the car I walked into the church foyer and peeked into the vestry where Father Boyle was peeking back at me. He came out so we introduced ourselves and I got to see those twinkling blue blue eyes close up. Lou and I loved him and he was such a joy. When he retired we missed him so much and I still cherish the picture of us with him at his retirement party. My Lou passed over 2 years ago and I know he is glad to see Father Boyle again and they shared a big hug. Rest In Peace Father and keep Lou in line okay! Berta Adler Merolli
Father Boyle was very special to our family as our daughters grew up in St. Isaac Jogues Parish. He was such a beautiful, happy soul and always made each of us feel special and eager to serve the Lord and our parish. When the Lord came to his seashore, he no doubt left everything behind and followed. We have and will miss him and hope those heavenly courses offer only "eagles" for this great man. Mike & Do Sabol & Family
- Michael Sabol
May you Rest In Peace Dear Uncle Father Bob. If you know Fr. Bob, you know he came from a huge Irish Catholic family. All of his nieces and nephews called him Uncle Father Bob. I remember being so very proud to be his niece whenever I would meet people who knew him. Undoubtedly, everyone loved him dearly and everyone has a story. At our family reunions, Uncle Father Bob would gather us all late in the afternoon and perform an outdoor mass for us all ending with, "And That's your Sunday obligation!" I once asked him how he came up with his Sunday homilies every week and where he got his passion and energy. He said without hesitation, "When you have the Holy Spirit in you, it's easy!" Thank you so much for all the great memories and for meeting my Dad at The Chapel over the years. Meant the world!!! 🙏💔🙏
- Maureen Boyle Fox
Eternal memory and peaceful repose, Father Boyle, and peace to your family; you'll be missed here, and most certainly welcomed in God's kingdom. From our whole family, we extend condolences to Father Boyle's family as we pray for the Holy Spirit to bring them comfort. Diane, Kevin, Bethany, Rhiannon, and Kiersten Lewis And a note from myself: Little did I know when I first met you, Father Boyle, that your quiet influence would lead me to follow God's call to Diaconate formation, something for which I'll always be grateful. Your memory is always with me in the "extra" Liturgy of the Hours book set of yours that you gave to me when you retired; your kind manner and sense of humor will guide me forever, especially should I be ordained into the Permanent Diaconate. Kevin
- Diane & Kevin Lewis
Father Bob and my mother, Patricia Devlin Havey were first cousins and shared a lifelong love and friendship. Although my mother has been gone for 20 years, Father Bob always remained a connection to her and the greater Boyle/Devlin family. I am saddened by your leaving but know the Devlin sisters your mother Agnus, Aunts Nelle and Margaret are rejoicing at this reunion. Until we meet again. Carolyn Havey Waleko
- Carolyn Waleko
Father Boyle was our pastor at St. Bernadette's when we were children, and a great friend of our family. He went on to marry Jill and her husband Andy while at Assumption and also to serve as their child's Godfather. Father Boyle also handled Janet's marriage preparation when at St. Francis. His humor and wit made him a joy to be around. He was a true blessing to our family and the many others whose lives he positively impacted. Jill Jarecki and Janet (Jarecki) Ferguson.
- Jill Jarecki
Father Boyle was a great man he talked to me many of times at saint francis and our son was a alter boy for him many of times God Bless
- Chris Blednick
"Well done good and faithful servant." Thank you for all you did to serve Assumption Parish during your time as pastor. We will always remember you fondly with gratitude. Condolences to all dear family and friends. Fr. Boyle, pray for us!
- Abby & Scott
My Dad was another classmate of Father Boyle's at St. Basil's and they remained part of that stalwart group of friends until my father passed away a few years ago. Father Boyle spoke at his visitation in Carrick. and it meant so much to us that he was able to offer words of comfort. Please accept the sincerest sympathies of the entire family of Gerard T. Przybylek. God bless Father Bob. May he rest in peace.
- Leslie A. Przybylek
I attended St. Teresa of Avila grade school. I remember Father Boyle as a shining light. Father Boyle officiated at our wedding at Assumption. I have many fond memories of his service to his parishioners.
- Michele Smith
Fr. Boyle was our pastor at St. Bernadette's We were truly blessed to have him as he had great homilies and a great sense of humor. He was ordained a priest the same day my husband and I were married, so it was easy to remember the date of his ordination. We missed him terribly when he left our parish. He was much loved. RIP in the arms of our Lord Fr. Boyle. Jan and Jim Lilly and family
- Jan Lilly
What a wonderful man. Fr. Boyle came back to St. Bernadette's to marry us 36 years ago. He had moved on to Braddock but Fr. Soban was requested by the Bishop to preform another event that day so Fr. Boyle came back to marry us. We ended up with the best of both world because I knew Fr. Soban from growing up at St. Johns. Fr. Soban preformed our rehearsal and Fr. Boyle our wedding. They both attended our reception.. God Bless him.
- Cindi Drop Werner
I was blessed to have him as an uncle. Father Bob was the glue to a big, beautiful, Irish Catholic family. He was always available for a prayer and the ever present smile. Many wonderful memories of him at family baptisms and weddings. Father Bob was my dad's best buddy....I know they are together and smiling down on us now. We know he is in a better place, but we will miss him so very much.
- Kathleen Boyle Cooke
Father Boyle was awesome. He was our Pastor at Good Shepherd, in Braddock. Father Boyle was a kindred spirit, and embraced the faith. He made you embrace that same faith. His homilies always left you with the spirit to tackle your week ahead. He came to see my Mom when she was dying. We had a wonderful friendship with him. Father Boyle and I shared Christmas and Easter cards through the years. My Sister often reminds me of a homily he gave that I never forgot - "What if I invited everyone in the congregation to bring a basket to the altar containing their challenges and hardships and you take your seat. After everyone has placed their basket, you are invited back to the altar one-by-one to pick any basket you want. How many of us would choose our own?! We never know what is on someone's heart." Father Boyle lived his heart with the Lord. He gave that inspiration to us all. Thank you for everything. I will miss receiving your cards.
- Linda Young-Graham
My condolences to Father Boyle's family, fellow clergy, former parishioners and friends. Father Boyle was my son's family's parish priest and though we didn't attend the parish, every time my late husband and I did attend, Father Boyle always remembered who we were and greeted us as though we were part of his flock. I'll always remember being at Mass on a Steeler Sunday and Father Boyle ending the Mass with "3 Hail Marys for the Steelers"! He was kind and always had a good word for everyone. He especially had kind words for the children of the parish - and they adored him. Rest In Peace. May his memory be eternal. Phyllis Lewis
- Phyllis Lewis
Father Boyle was a classmate of my dad's at St. Basil's in Carrick. He said mass for my parents' 25th wedding anniversary at our home and then presided over my wedding at St. Bernard in Mt. Lebanon. He gave my dad last rights in October of 2019, and my dad just lit up when he came to see him. Our loss is truly heaven's gain. Rest In Peace, Father Bob!
- Amy Fitz Keim
Our thoughts and prayers are with Boyle family. My husband and I went to school at St. Basil's in Carrick with Father and then after many years he became our Pastor at St. Francis. He never changed from then till now. We know he is at peace and happy to be with his family. He is the one person who made our day come at St. Francis when he built our Church. We are truly grateful for his path crossing ours in this lifetime. Jack and Carol Schneider
- Jack and Carol Schneider
Fr. Boyle was a very, very dear friend to our family. He was our pastor at St. Bernadette's and then my mom's pastor at Good Shepherd. The day Mom passed away she was expected at a church function. When she didn't show up or answer her phone Father went to her house. It was a duplex so he gained access by climbing out on the shared roof. He found her body and would not let the police take her to the morgue but stayed with her until a family member could be contacted. He has and will always hold a special place in my heart. Eileen Valisko Karpuszka
- Eileen Karpuszka
Father Boyle was always an awesome person and Priest to our Family. He would go out of his way to ask how we were doing and if one of us were in the hospital he would show up smiling and offering words of encouragement. I never got to play Golf with him I wish I had but I know he enjoyed playing a lot. Something tells me he has already got a foursome together in his next life and is probably taking their money. May he Rest inn God's Arms and May Eternal Peace Shine down upon him. Michael & Lois Obringer
- Michael Obringer
My mother and I loved Father Boyle. Never complaining, he was always a ray of sunshine when he made communion visits to my elderly mother. We both looked forward to his monthly visits and missed him terribly when he had to retire and move on. My heritage from my father's side of the family is Irish so I forever think of him as a kindred spirit. When I read of his passing, my first thought was of the old Irish saying: "May you be in heaven an hour before the devil knows you are dead." I am sure that was true for dear Father Boyle. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️❤️❤️
- Barbara E. and Vera Garry

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