Retired racing official Chester L. Boyle of Harwich, Mass., died Nov. 20, 2013, at age 86. Mr. Boyle was graduated dually from Weymouth (Mass.) High School and the Norfolk Agricultural School. He served in the US Navy during World War II.
After the war, he returned to Weymouth, to marry the late Alma (Belcher) Boyle and opened Boyles Fish Market in Rockland. Chet went on to become a Weymouth police officer and then served several terms as Weymouth's Park Commissioner. Later, he officiated as a presiding judge for the U.S. Trotting Association, working in the stand at The Red Mile, Louisville Downs, Wolverine Raceway, Northville Downs, Cahokia Downs, Fairmount Park, Balmoral Park, Scioto Downs, Foxboro, Raceway Park and Rockingham Park,
Once retired, Chester and Alma resided in Detroit, Maine, and Ocala, Fla., before finally settling in Harwich. While Mr. Boyle's main passion was his family, he also enjoyed golfing, reading, doing crossword puzzles, and traveling.
Predeceased by the love of his life of 63 years, Alma (Belcher) Boyle, and his son, John F.X. Boyle, he was the beloved father of Brenda Walsh and her husband Gerard and devoted "Papa" of Julie and Shayla Walsh. He is also survived by his sister, Audrey Butler, and his neices Nancy Taber and Ann Flahery.
Memorial donations may be made in Mr. Boyle's memory to the Wounded Warrior Project.