William Boyle             1919 – 1952                CD 1954 p 318
1919                            Born Coatbridge 5 September
Glasgow University
1940 – 1946                Military Service
1946 – 1953                Scots College Rome
1952                            6 July ordained priest for Motherwell
by Luigi Traglia in the Lateran Basilica
1953                            Bellshill: Sacred Heart
1953                            Died Bellshill 23 August aged 34
Father William Boyle-23rd August, 1953
CD 1954 p 318
On Sunday morning, 23rd August, 1953, Father William Boyle, recently returned from Rome, died peacefully in his sleep in the presbytery of the Sacred Heart parish, Bellshill, to which he had been appointed as a curate but a fortnight previous.

Born on 5th September, 1919, he was educated at St. Patrick’s School, Coatbridge, St. Mary’s, Whifflet, and Our Lady’s High School, Motherwell. From there he proceeded to Glasgow University where he gained the degree of M.A.(Hons). He served in the army, both at home and abroad, from 1940-46 and came to the Scots College, Rome, at the time of its post-war re-opening in 1946. During his seven-year course there he gained the Licentiate in both Philosophy and Theology, and was ordained priest on 6th July, 1952.

To some, his untimely death at the outset of what would surely have been a fruitful mission, may seem strange. But the ways of God are not ours, and we need little reflection to realise that in the thirty-four years of his life, by his good humour and generosity and, even more, by his spirit of prayer, Father Willie became to all who knew him in school, in University, in the Forces or in the Seminary, a shining example. Despite ill health, especially in his Seminary years, he remained ever faithful to all his college duties, and we who knew him as a student in Rome have learned much from this very faithfulness and from his unbounded generosity and deep feeling for others, especially in times of bereavement and hardship.

Our deepest sympathy and the assurances of our prayers go, in the first place, to his father and sisters. But we, with them, feel greatly consoled by the tremendous truth that God allowed him a full year in His priesthood before his death. Surely this was a fitting reward for all his goodness—a priest for ever. “May he rest in peace.”