Thomas Boyle

Dec. 29, 1950-Feb. 10, 2015
Thomas Boyle Dec. 29, 1950-Feb. 10, 2015

Thomas Patrick Boyle, a musician, songwriter, and nature photographer who worked at the Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton for 30 years, died on Feb. 10 at the home of two close friends, Fran and Frank (Bucky) Silipo, in Springs, where he had lived for the last five months. He was 64 and had cystic fibrosis his entire life.

A professional guitarist and singer, he played with local bands like Me and the Boys, the Frank Brothers Band, and TomKat Duo, and with the well-known band Hot Wax band during the 1980s and ’90s.

“He was an artist in every sense, known for his ability to share his love with others through his lens and the strings of his favorite guitars,” his family said in a statement. When he retired a few years ago because he was too ill to work, he discovered his eye for photography and went on to spend many days walking the trails and beaches with his dog, Molly, capturing the beauty of the East End. He displayed and sold his work as well.

Mr. Boyle was born on Dec. 29, 1950, in Bay Shore to James Francis Boyle and Helen Lee Boyle. He grew up there and graduated from Bay Shore High School.

He traveled throughout the country after graduating from Dowling College as an English major, until Montauk captured his heart in 1972. He later moved to Southampton, working at Rogers Memorial as the director of library computer operations and as a computer consultant.

“Tom was instrumental in the growth of the library from its original site on Job’s Lane to its present site on Cooper’s Farm Road,” his family said.

His marriage to Bonnie P. Boyle ended in divorce.

Surviving him are two brothers, Robert Boyle of Sebring, Fla., and James Michael Boyle of Hallowell, Me., and two sisters, Patricia Boyle of Inverness, Fla., and Nancy McLaughlin of Wading River. Two stepchildren, Wonda Miller of Center Moriches and Naomi Miller of Southampton, who were near and dear to his heart, his family said, also survive, as does a grandson.

A brother, Daniel Boyle, who also had cystic fibrosis, died in 1965 at the age of 12.

Mr. Boyle was cremated. A celebration of his life is being planned for the late spring. Memorial donations have been suggested to East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach 11978.