Loving husband and father of two, Brad passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 4, 2024, at his home in London, Ontario. Brad was the best. There is simply no other way to put it. He was smart, compassionate, generous, had a great sense of humour and had a big call for adventure. There was very little in life that he took for granted and none less so than his family. He really made the best of life.
Brad is survived by his wife of 30 years, Margaret “Maggie” Rhijnsburger; his children, Adam Boyle (Amanda Graham) and Erin Boyle; his siblings, Jennifer Boyle, Tim Boyle, Doug (Heather) Boyle, Randy (Sheila) Hughes, Bret Hughes, Susan (Julien) Gagne; brothers-in-law Jim Rhijnsburger and Avery Rhijnsburger (Steve Davis); his step-mother, Carolyn Caine Vander Stoel; his mother-in-law Cornelia “Corry” Rhijnsburger; aunts and uncles; and numerous nieces and nephews. Brad is predeceased by his parents, Ron Boyle and Louise Hughes; his step-father, Ralph Hughes; and his father-in-law Jan Rhijnsburger.
Brad was born July 26, 1961 in Toronto, Ontario but spent his youth growing up in London, Ontario. His family and friends would share a plethora of stories from his early years, of which the good ones usually involved pranks and general mischief, all in good fun. A few notably infamous ones were done with his sister Jenni, and his childhood friends. The escapades and stories illustrated how active, fun-loving, and imaginative he was as a child.
Brad was also inquisitive and sharp. After High School he studied physics and then went on to obtain his Bachelor of Law degree, as well as a Master of Business Administration degree, all from the University of Western Ontario. After graduation Brad landed a job at The Consumers’ Gas Company Ltd. in Toronto (later to become Enbridge Gas) as a Financial Analyst. His dedication, people skills, and quick mind soon propelled his career forward and he was promoted to positions of increasing responsibility at Enbridge Gas in Toronto and later, at Enbridge Inc. head office in Calgary, Alberta where he finished his career as Assistant Treasurer for the Company.
It was actually early on in his career at Consumers’ Gas, where he met his wife, Maggie. They married in September 1993 and moved to Calgary in 1995 as part of a decision to raise a family out West. Calgary held a very special place in Brad’s heart. In 2012, the family moved back to London. Calgary was a place Brad truly felt was his home and he often voiced his wish to move back there.
Those who know Brad also know he loved sports. He had an affinity for most sports, but loved hockey, baseball, golf, football, tennis and squash. Living in Calgary was not enough to change the fact that Brad was a diehard Toronto sports fan. He always remained loyal to the Blue Jays and Maple Leafs throughout the years. Brad was an avid golf player and played on many coveted golf courses all over the world.
Outside of the world of sports, Brad had a passion for card games, but none more so than bridge. Brad was a world class Bridge player in his younger days. He represented Canada at the Bridge World Championships in Miami (1986) and Geneva (1990). While still in university, he represented Canada in the intercollegiate championships internationally in Tokyo (1983 & 1985). Participating in many of these events was considered a privilege in the bridge world - one that was earned by succeeding through many levels of top competition. In fact, in some of those events he represented the North American Bridge League (ACBL), which encompasses all of Canada, the United States and Bermuda.
Out of all the achievements and successes in life, Brad believed that his greatest achievement were his children. Some of his all-time favourite memories were family vacations. His family was his pride and joy, and Brad was equally treasured by them.
Brad did not wish to have a formal service, however, there will be a private Celebration of Life in the summer around his birthday in July. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Parkinson’s Society, the M. J. Fox Foundation, or a charity of your choice, would be appreciated by the family.
If anyone would like to share memories or photos of Brad, you may do so on Brad’s Tribute page on the Woodland Cemetery Website (woodlandcemetery.ca).