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Paul Boland

Birth Date: May 7, 1926
Death Date: October 20, 2016

Paul Boland May 7, 1926 – October 20, 2016 San Diego Captain Paul Boland USN (Ret.) died at his San Diego home from Multiple System Atrophy, a rare neurodegenerative disorder, on October 20, 2016, at the age of 90, surrounded by his loving family.Paul was born on May 7, 1926 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Harry and Clara Boland. He received his commission as Ensign, USNR at Columbia University in 1945. He then served aboard the USS H.F. Bauer, USS Osprey, USS Peregrine and USS Murray. Upon his completion of U.S. Navy Postgraduate School studying command communications he was assigned to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations as a communications planner. This was followed by a sea tour as Staff Communications Officer for COMGRUDIV Four.He then attended the Armed Forces Staff College after which he returned to destroyers serving as the Executive Officer of USS Somers and then as Commanding Officer of the USS Bridget. Following this he served with the National Military Command System at Ft. Ritchie, MD. He was awarded the Joint Services Commendation Medal following his assignment with the National Military Command System.Returning again to destroyers, Paul assumed command of the guided missile destroyer, USS Robinson. He commanded Robinson while assigned to the U.S. Seventh Fleet in support of U.S efforts in Vietnam. For this service he was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal with combat “V.”Completing his tour in USS Robinison, Paul attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C. He was then assigned as the head of the Military Assistance Program on the staff of Commander U.S. Military Assistance Command Thailand. Returning to sea duty, Paul commanded the guided missile frigate, USS Fox and received the Bronze Star. Paul retired from the U.S. Navy in 1971 following a final tour of duty with the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, D.C.Following his 27 years in the U.S. Navy, Paul started employment with the County of San Diego in 1972 with the Department of Public Welfare. He then transferred to the Tax Collector’s Office and served as Chief of the Administrative Division. He was appointed Chief Deputy Tax Collector in March 1983. On January 5, 1987, Paul was sworn in as County Treasurer-Tax Collector and re-elected in 1990 and 1994.Paul attended the University of Dayton, Notre Dame University and holds a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University. Paul was involved in many community organizations such as the Home of Guiding Hands, and was very active is his local parish. His hobbies included golf and crossword puzzles.Paul is survived by his wife of 66 years, Joan; children, Judith, Paul Andrew of Northridge, CA, Stephen, and Charles; his brother Robert, and sister-in-law, Cleo, of New Smyrna Beach, FL, and his grandchildren, Mia, Paul William, Madison, and Morgan. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Mary B. Wilson, and brothers, Harry, and Albert of Cincinnati, Ohio.Funeral services will be held at St. Mary Magdalene Church, 1945 Illion St., San Diego. Rosary is scheduled for 7 PM on November 9 and the Funeral Mass is scheduled for 10 AM on November 10, with a reception to follow at church hall. Inurnment will be at Miramar National Cemetery at 2:30 PM on November 10. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Paul’s life. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Multiple System Atrophy Coalition at 9935-D Rea Road, #212, Charlotte, NC 28277. The family would like to thank Sonata Hospice and Wesley Palms for their care and dedication.

November 9, 2016
7:00 pm
St. Mary Magdalene Church
1945 Illion Street San Diego, CA 92110
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Committal Service
November 10, 2016
2:30 pm
Miramar National Cemetery
5795 Nobel Drive San Diego, CA 92122, CA
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Funeral Mass
November 10, 2016
10:00 am
St. Mary Magdalene Church
1945 Illion Street San Diego, CA 92110
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