John T. “Jack” Boland, 84, of Andover, N.J., died peacefully at home on Thursday, November 3, 2011, surrounded by his large and loving family.
He was the devoted husband of Corrine A. Boland for more than 63 years, until her death just three weeks ago.
Together they raised 12 children and shared the joy of a long and happy life, taking particular pleasure in spending time with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren in recent decades.
Jack was born in Clinton, Mass., on July 14, 1927, the youngest child of John M. and Mary Boland.
He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Dorothy Boland and Theresa Grover.
Jack is survived by his sister, Barbara Baldwin.
He grew up in Newark, N.J., graduating from Central High School in Newark, N.J., and attended Seton Hall University in South Orange.
He and Corrine A. Ganny were married July 11, 1948, at St. Rose of Lima Church, Newark, N.J., and raised their family in New Jersey, living over the years in Newark, Denville, Mendham, Blairstown and Andover. They loved the Jersey Shore and for many years they owned a second home in Ocean City.
Jack had a long management career with Mars Inc., most notably many years as director of personnel. He started at the original M & M Candies Factory, Newark, N.J., and moved with the company to the new M & M/Mars Hackettstown plant.
He was part of the team that expanded to a new manufacturing facility in Cleveland, Tenn., in the 1980s, and also traveled throughout Europe to Mars facilities.
Jack retired in 1989 after more than 40 years of employment with the company.
He served as president of the Frelinhuysen Township Board of Education in the 1970s, was a lifetime member of the Green Township Historical Society, and a craftsman who loved all DIY projects, from building furniture to repairing a roof.
Jack had a lifelong love of athletics, lettering in multiple scholastic sports, playing a year of semiprofessional football, and participating over the years in amateur basketball, softball, bowling, and ice hockey leagues.
In his later years he turned to competitive Scrabble.
In addition to his sister, Barbara, he is survived by his 12 children, John L. Boland (James Carroll), Stephen Boland and wife Barbara, Jeffrey Boland and wife Patricia, Rebecca Carlbon (Lawrence), Elizabeth Sullivan and husband Paul, William Boland and wife Teresa, Mary Ann Davidson and husband Wayne, James Boland and wife Gena, Clare Baier, Joan Matusiak and husband Ronald, Thomas Boland and wife Suzanne, and Kevin Boland and wife Elizabeth; 42 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Natural burial services will be held Saturday, beginning with a funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. in the Good Shepherd Church, Andover, and burial at Maryrest Cemetery, Mahwah. There will be no viewing.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to your favorite charity in remembrance of Jack.