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Boylan, John A. May 30, 1941 - June 7, 2024

     John A. Boylan, Jr, age 83, of Edinboro passed away on Friday, June 7, 2024, at Meadville Medical Center after a period of declining health. John was born in Cambridge Springs on May 30, 1941, son of the late John A. Boylan and Helen L. Perry Boylan. John graduated from Cambridge Springs High School with the class of 1959, and on October 16, 1968, he married the former Judith Louise Wilkins, who preceded him in death on April 24, 2013. Graduating from Clarion University and Kent State University with a masters in speech pathology, he taught at Edinboro University for over twenty-five years, retiring in 1995. John was a member of the Cambridge Springs Covenant Lodge, 473 and the Millers Station United Methodist Church. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, camping and was a camp host for numerous Pennsylvania state parks.

In addition to his wife Judy Boylan, John was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Stacy Renee Boylan.

Survivors include daughter, Trisha Yates and her husband, Bruce of Edinboro; daughter, Vini Smith and her husband, David of New Castle; ten grandchildren; four great grandchildren; sister, JoAnn Knoedler of Venango; brother Bruce Boylan of Portland, Oregon; brother, Jim Boylan and his wife Kathy of Portland, Oregon; and sister, Mary Graul of Westchester, Pa.

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    Roy Shinn says

    I had the good fortune to have been both a student and a colleague of John’s. He had a passion for how children developed language skills and how to help children with under-developed skills and their families. John was a pioneer in teaching how to use cutting-edge technology (AAC) to help children with severe communication problems. He loved to work with students at Edinboro, often opening his home for group meals as a way to make them feel more comfortable and appreciated. John played a vital role in starting and advancing the graduate program in speech-language pathology at Edinboro, but did so with little fanfare. He was very proud of his family and I offer my sincere condolences to you on his passing.

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