SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Hundreds of people filled Sacred Heart Church on Wednesday to say their final good-byes to retired Springfield District Court Judge William Boyle.
Retired Springfield District Court Judge William Boyle died last week at the age of 62. He lost his battle with ALS, a disease that attacks the nervous system.
Judges from across Massachusetts joined family, friends, court and law enforcement officers and elected officials. All paying tribute to the former prosecutor and Springfield City Council president.
Boyle, who had served as first justice of the Springfield District Court since 2006, retired last year due to his battle with the disease ALS. Ironically, Boyle had replaced Judge Robert Kumor, Jr., who also suffered from ALS.
Prior to becoming a judge, Boyle was active in local politics, having been elected multiple times to the Springfield City Council. He served as president of the council from 1993 to 1998.
Congressman Richard Neal told 22News, “Billy was a terrific person, he was noted jurist and a great neighbor, a great friend and a friend of unswearing loyalty. I take satisfaction from the fact, that the first race I ever had he was one of the four or five who helped put it together.”
Judge Boyle had a special relationship with law enforcement. Springfield Police officers and personnel from the Sheriff’s Department were part of the honor guard.
“Judge Boyle was a dear friend, I would say he was one of the strong arms of the bench,” Hampden County Sheriff, Nick Cocchi, told 22News. “He believed in helping people in public safety.”
Acting Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood added, “He was just a great guy. He was a friend to the police, he was fair, and he was always there for us.”
At the request of Judge Boyle’s family, a lone bagpiper concluded the service with Amazing Grace.