Barbara Boyle Clement of Tewksbury

The world was suddenly less vibrant on the morning of Wednesday, June 17, 2020 when Barbara Boyle Clement peacefully passed away. She died at home in the arms of her daughter Jennifer Clement and son Jonathan Clement with her large and loving extended family by her side.

 

Barbara was predeceased by her beloved husband Richard “Sliver” Clement and her darling son Christopher Clement.

 

Born on November 30, 1934, in Lowell, MA, to Jean Bourk Boyle and Thomas E. Boyle Sr., Barbara was the eldest daughter of the Boyle clan.  She worked as a proofreader for The Courier Citizen, The Boston Globe and Sullivan Brothers. She later became an LPN.

 

A voracious reader, nothing captivated Barbara more than history and there was not a local historical event, large or small, that she couldn’t report on with dates, times and the most intricate of details. Her mind remained sharp, brilliant and curious until the very end.

 

Barbara was also a force; she was larger than life. A master storyteller, she was witty, clever and had a devilish sense of humor.  No one delivered a punchline with more gusto.  In a room of big personalities hers outshone them all.

 

She will be sorely missed by her sister Gail McDonald of Ipswich MA, her brothers Robert “Bobby” Boyle of Ft Lauderdale Florida, Gary (Edna) Boyle of Seabrook NH.  Barbara was predeceased by her brothers Edward Boyle, Thomas “Tommy” Boyle, Richard “Dickie” Boyle, her cousin Roger Bourk who was raised with the family as a brother as well as her beloved niece Laurie Boyle Bresnahan.

 

She has left behind many, deeply loved extended family members with whom she thought of as her own.

 

Barbara had many dear friends young and old, from all walks of life. Everywhere Barbara traveled, she had a friend or made a new one. Each day and every encounter was a chance to learn something new and gain knowledge about those around her. She was kind and generous and her friendship knew no bounds.

 

Relatives and friends are invited to her memorial funeral Mass on Saturday, June 27th at 9:00 am at St. Patrick’s church, 282 Suffolk St. Lowell, MA. Funeral arrangements will be handled by Dolan Funeral Home. The family encourages everyone to sign the guestbook and share a memory at www.dolanfuneralhome.com.  In light of COVID-19 restrictions, we ask that all attendees please wear a mask and practice social distancing while inside the church.

 

A private family celebration of Barbara’s life will be held at the family home. Stories will be shared—and those are plentiful. Laughter will be heard and her family will eat, drink and toast the vibrant, family grande dame Barbara was. Tears will be shed but wiped away quickly, as Barbara would want to be remembered with laughter instead of sorrow and as it was for her entire life, what Barbara wants, Barbara gets.

 

The family asks in lieu of flowers, donations to the Lowell Historical Society are made in Barbara’s memory www.lowellhistoricalsociety.org


37 Condolences for Barbara Boyle Clement of Tewksbury

    Maura McGilvery

    This is the most beautiful obituary for an even more beautiful person. I’m gonna miss hearing her refer to me as “Mau” or “Darling” with that Boston accent I adored. There was never a time that I was with Barbara that I wasn’t told a story about my parents. For me she filled a tremendous void. Jennifer & Jonathon, thank you for sharing your Mom. She loved you both so much.

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      Kevin Durkin

      Well said Maura, she was a beautiful women from a great Lowell Family! So sorry for your loss JC and Jennifer.

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    June OBrien

    I am so sorry for your loss, Jennifer, your mom sounds like she was an amazing lady. Hugs to you.

    Sincerely, June O’Brien

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    Arlene Maginn

    She seemed to definitely be a FORCE, the world has lost a special person. My condolences to Jennifer and her brother. May your fond memories help you through this difficult time,

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    Laurie Hogan

    She was one of a kind! Such a beautiful person inside and out. We went to LPN school together and I have many fond memories of fun times with her and Gail. May she rest in the sweetest peace. She’ll be forever missed. Laurie Hogan

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    Colleen Wallace

    I am heartbroken, a chapter of our lives has closed. I will miss her phone calls and wonderful, funny stories. A true gem of a woman, a loyal family friend, a one of a kind, Lowell will never have another Barbara!

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    Jim and Sally Moynihan

    So sorry to hear that Barbara passed away. That was surely a wonderful obituary, and so true.She will be missed. May she RIP.

    Sincerely Jim and Sally Moynihan

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    Michelle Geoffroy Piper

    This is truly a loss… i’ve known Barbara since I was four years old what the obituary says about her is very true she was one of a kind. When I was a little girl to me she was larger than life funny exciting sometimes a little scary when she told her stories… I was lucky enough to spend some time with her a couple of years ago and she brought me right back to my childhood with the way she spoke to me and her funny and loving way she remembered the old days.. when me her daughter Jennifer her niece Laurie and my sister Suzan played like wild Indians with our ponies. She had an incredible memory and could tell stories about you that you had forgotten .. I loved her and I was well.

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    Jimmy Byrne

    Jonathan and Jennifer and the Boyle family, I am so sad to hear of Barbara passing.She will be missed by all who knew her.The stories will live on forever. R.I.P. Barbara. ❤❤

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    Joanne Botos

    Every day I told Barbara I golfed, she’d always say “Honey, did you get a hole in one?” And I’d always say, “Barbara, when I get a hole in one, you’ll be the first person I call.” My next ace will be dedicated to you, my friend. Now I don’t know who to call first. I’ll miss our chats.😢❤

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      Cynthia Lees

      I met a wonderful lady through my girlfriend Greer,Barb was a delight to be around we had so many laughs together.I remember we all went to dinner at this church one evening with Greer my dad we had so much fun she was the life of the party that night.Shes gonna be missed

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    Lisa Rosenthal

    Jen, your mom was always a shining light and will remain so for you always. A beautiful soul. She has instilled so much beauty in her daughter. She was kind, funny, honest and above all it was obvious to all how much she loved her daughter. You were blessed to have her in your life and she was to have you. Love you and sending thoughts and prayers

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    Maryann Dowling-Abcunas

    awwwww Jennifer……beautiful obituary for your Mom !!! Her spirit will live on forever and as it always does….will shine through you!! Sending most sincere thoughts of sympathy for your entire family as you grieve. Prayers after shedding tears…..you will continue to smile, laugh and speak of her everyday !!!

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    Patrick Kelley

    My sincerest condolences go out to all of her family and friends. May your loving memories help carry you through this most difficult time. God blessed you all with such an amazing woman. Her legacy will live on through you all.

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    Billy Zounes

    My sweet & beautiful school mate who everybody adored including me. I’m still in total disbelief. May she rest in peace as she will be dearly missed.

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    Leslie Martin Liakos

    Such a beautiful tribute to your fabulous Mother, Barbara! My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. May the wonderful Barbara, Rest in Peace. Leslie Martin Liakos

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    Kathleen Souza

    Jonathon I’m so sorry to hear of your mum’s passing, I knew her through your eyes and they lit up every time you spoke of her. I know you and your family are heart broken right now, try to think of her vibrant personality and how she would want you to be smiling as you think of her, she loved her family more than anything in this world…”Smile though your heart is breaking”

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    Elaine Lawler

    Meadowstone park has lost a great friend,Neighboro,and the person that always made you feel like you made a difference in her life. We all loved Barbara RIP my dear friend

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    Kevin M. McCarron

    I remember well how Barbara was so good to my parents, especially to my Mom (who had grown up in Oklahoma City, as a daughter of Hispanic immigrants). My sisters, brothers, and I will never forget her kindness towards my parents and towards us, as well. Thank you.

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    ELIZABETH SHEEHY

    A beautiful tribute to a wonderful lady. Barbara was truly one of the kindest and funniest people I ever met. Thinking of you all.

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    Allistair Former

    Wishing you both my very best in such a tough time. I will forever miss the times I was fortunate to spend with your mum.

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    Greer shea

    Barbara there is not a day that goes by that I won’t think of you! I love you with all my heart! No words could express the love I have for you! You are my second mother! I will miss all the times being with you in Florida every year!my heart is broken that you are not with me that I can call you in a second!but I no that now your in heaven with sliver and Christopher you will be looking down upon me!someday Barbara we will be together again!

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    Lisa Lavallee

    R.I.P Barbara you be deeply missed We had some fun times lots of belly laughs to the
    Point of crying Amazing Beautiful soul Larger than life personality we are gonna miss your stories and fun times we shared. Prayers to your family. Lisa Mike Lavalle

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    George Koumantzelis

    Dearest Barbara,

    Wherever you are, I hope you are smiling and laughing – just like you always did in this life!

    Thank you for being my great Sagittarian friend – from TATSIOS restaurant on Dummer Street in the Acre of Lowell where we all grew up to AEOLIA: WHOLE FOODS, my health food store in Gil Campbell’s realty building on Church Street across from ZAYRES.

    You, and your brother, “Dicky” and his buddy, Frank, were always tried and true, regular, loyal customers – and we all laughed and joked together whenever you came by!

    You were one of the most charming and charismatic ladies I have ever met in my life!

    “HAPPY TRAILS!” to you – now, and forever, my beloved friend, Barbara Boyle!

    Most Sincerely,

    George Nicholas Koumantzelis 👍🌵🌅🌲😇

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    The Daigles

    You lived life like no other! Strong, funny, smart and apparently a huge Ted Williams fan! Keep them laughing up there, Barb. You will be greatly missed down here!!!
    Your friends at Meadowstone,
    Michelle & Mark Daigle

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    Justine Blake

    Barbara is the reason I started doing pageants and one of my biggest supporters. She never failed to lift my spirits and boost my confidence. And she will be the reason I continue my path of pageantry. I’m going to win another pageant, for you Barbara❤️

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    Joan Kenney

    I met Barbara 8 years ago when I moved to Meadowstone. She always had a story or a joke for everyone…she’d knock on my door, look at me and say, “Wait till you hear THIS….” I definitely miss her ‘sassiness’…she will keep those “angels” up above on their toes!

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    Donna Donnelly

    Guess What I miss you and always will. Jeff will miss getting his papers too. The park will never be the same without you and your pushcart. I know you are an angel now with blonde hair and looking down on us all.We will see you on the side soon.i will always love you.

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    Joanna Fiorino

    I don’t think Barbara ever realized the impact she had on people she met. There will never be another Barbara – unique, smart, hilarious and always anxious to share a funny story or joke. I can still hear her welcome of “hello darling”. She will forever be missed by her friends at Meadowstone Park. RIP Barbara!

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    Geoff MacPike

    June 26, 2020
    I LOVE YOU BARB. I remember the times when we would come to see you at 6903 Cypress Rd. My heart is broken that we can’t come see you there anymore. We laughed our a____ off. You were a witty one by God. I remember going to all the thrift stores and the ones off the beaten path. They were the best of times. I know in my heart how much you loved life. Jesus said “My fathers house has many rooms, I am going there to prepare a place for you” ) (And you are there). I Celebrate your life!!! I will see you again one day and it wil be Glorious! I was glad when they said unto me “Let us go into the house of the LORD.
    Geoff MacPike
    Family

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    Claudine Langlois

    I was so sorry to hear about Barbara. I knew her through mutual friends and when I moved to Seabrook for the summer, she was the first person to drop by and welcome me. She told me about her health and she was matter of fact about it. I so admired her attitude. I will miss her in Seabrook and I think many others will too.
    All my sympathy to her family.
    Claudine Langlois

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    Joan F Ryan

    Always a story to tell and ready to GO wherever we were going While in Florida we shopped and tried all the local eateries She was a great friend and I will miss her

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