Eugene Jack Boland was born on September 19, 1936 and passed away on February 8, 2024.
From outside tackle at North Tonawanda High School in 1953 to a Navy meteorologist serving on the USS Greenwich and the USS America and retiring as a Senior Chief Petty Officer. He was an ROTC instructor, a science teacher, a teacher at UNCW and Cape Fear College and finally a Science Coordinator for North Carolina public schools. He obtained his Master’s degree in education at Old Dominion University. He was an artist, a poet, a writer and a lover of all things scientific. He had a love of old cars, old rocks and beautiful things. A large man with a booming voice, Gene was a teddy bear at heart and loved deeply. He sailed the world and lived life to its fullest in his 87 years.
He was preceded in death by his first wife Grace and mother of his only child, a daughter, Cheri (Boland) Rafalko (Scott) of Pittsburgh, PA. His beloved beautiful granddaughters Crystal and Jodi Rafalko and great-granddaughter Jaylynn Mary also in Pennsylvania still love him dearly. His last love, wife Janie (Bumgarner) Boland also preceded his death. His stepsons Patrick and Matthew Baldwin live on. He lost his brother Robert and his wife Roberta of Easily, SC too soon.
He is also survived by his sister Paula (Hardy) Brosius and her sons Jeff, Sean and Jason of Alabama; his niece Tami (Boland) Brady and her daughter Deanna of Easely, SC (named for Gene’s late niece Deanna Boland) and Beverly (Boland) Slowe and her daughter Tabitha Capps (Russ) of Easily, SC.
He will be with his wife Janie at Mountlawn Memorial Park in North Wilkesboro North Carolina.