“Crabs, Mitchell’s corn, and hopefully a Buick”: Clarence Cromwell Boyle Sr.

Clarence C. Boyle, Sr., long-time proprietor of Boyle Buick in Abingdon, Maryland, died on March 27, 2012.

A World War II veteran, avid pilot and talented baseball player who was scouted by the Brooklyn Dodgers, Mr. Boyle was well-known and widely esteemed in Harford County.

After working his way up from salesman to general manager of Lee Buick in Perryman, he purchased the franchise in 1968 and later moved the business to Abingdon, where the Boyle Buick GMC dealership continues to thrive.

He married Irene Kahoe, daughter of farmer Stephen Michael Kahoe, in 1948. ” ‘We courted in his plane,’ said his wife of 64 years . . . ‘He had a two-seater Stearman and he did stunt flying all over Harford County’ “(Baltimore Sun 2 April 2012).

The Boyle family became linked to the Koppelmans through the marriage of Lillian Betz Lynch’s son Donald Lynch Jr. to Clarence and Irene Boyle’s daughter Mary Sue.

The large Boyle clan has deep roots in Harford County. Their earliest identified paternal ancestor, Andrew Boyle (1823-1902), was farming in the Pylesville area by 1850.

Detail from Martenet’s 1878 map of Harford County, near Pennsylvania border, northeast of Pylesville. Andrew Boyle’s farm is roughly at center; the stream is Deep Run. The current Old Boyle Road may mark the environs of Andrew Boyle’s farm (Library of Congress Map Division).

Andrew Boyle was elected as Harford County’s representative to the Maryland House of Delegates in 1876.

He is buried at Tabernacle Cemetery, Hydes, Harford County, Maryland.

Clarence C. Boyle Sr. is buried at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Hickory, Harford County.

Watch a 2010 interview with Clarence and Irene Boyle, archived at the Harford County Library.

Read a Baltimore Sun story about the family business, Boyle Buick GMC.

Thanks to Thom Painter for his painstaking documentation of the graves in Tabernacle Cemetery, and to the Harford County Library.

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