On June 20, 2022 James (Jim) William Boland died peacefully in Cleveland, Tennessee. He was 92 years old. Jim was born on November 18th, 1929 in New York City, New York. He graduated from Manhattan College in 1951 with a degree in Business Management. James was also a very strong Christian.
Jim met and married his wife Sheryl while living in Connecticut in 1977. Jim was an international airline pilot with Pan American World Airways and they traveled the world together. Jim loved the ocean since his days as a lifeguard in NY. After careers as a police officer and airline pilot he retired and spent many happy years in Florida pursing hobbies like photography, radio control airplanes, writing poetry, surf fishing, and enjoying sunsets with his dogs Avi and Benny.
He was preceded in death by parents James and Margaret Boland; brother Charles Boland and son Daniel Boland.
Jim is survived by his wife Sheryl Boland; his children, Ann Serrie, Jim Boland, Maura Minatra, Lisa Fetzner, Larry Tate and John Tate; his grandchildren Logan Fetzner, Christian Fetzner, Morgan Fetzner, Jenifer Minatra, Molly Smith, Daniel Miller, Dylan Miller; and Camille Tate; and sister Margaret Toal; and many nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to include one of his poems to share:
THE RUDDY YOUNG FACE IS NOW WRINKLED
THE CADET RAMROD STRAIGHT IS NOW BENT
AND THE EYES THAT LOOKED FORWARD TO THE FUTURE
LOOKS BACK ON A LIFE THAT WAS SPENT
NO MORE DOES HE FLY WITH THE EAGLES
UNTEATHERED AND FREE OF THE GROUND
GOD AND NATURE HAVE CONQUERED
EVERY BIRD THAT FLIES MUST COME DOWN
HIS FRIENDS THAT SIT IN A BARROOM
AND HE TELLS OF HIS GLORIOUS PAST
AT 3 AM HE GOES HOME TO HIS FLAT
AND THINKS ABOUT TROUBLES THAT LAST
BUT THERE IS A GOD IN THE HEAVENS
WHO LOOKS DOWN ON THIS SOUL WITH HIS LOVE
AND GIVES HIM THE FAITH AND THE FREEDOM
AND FAITHFULNESS FROM ABOVE
AND SOON HE WILL BE FLYING WITH THE ANGELS
A PLACE WHERE EAGLES DON’T DARE
AND SOON HE WILL ENTER GOD’S GARDEN
WITH NO MORE TROUBLES AND CARE
No funeral or memorial service is immediately planned. The family will notify loved ones in the future when a service is scheduled.