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Jamie Boland, 73, passed away peacefully at home in Machias, WA on October 19, 2009 after a courageous battle with bladder cancer. Jamie was born in Sherman, SD on May 17, 1936 to Leonard and Florence Boland.
The family moved to the Everett area during World War II while his father was enlisted in the Navy. He attended schools in Mukilteo and Everett. In 1952 he enlisted in the US Army. He went to basic training at Fort Jackson, SC then onto jump school at Fort Benning, GA. He joined the 187th Regimental Combat Team as a replacement out of jump school, then was deployed to Japan and then onto Korea.
After the Korean War ended he went back to Fort Benning as a jump instructor. After his tour of duty, Jamie came back to Everett and started working on the tug boats (Crowley & Foss).
In the 1960's he started working as a longshoreman with ILWU Local 19 in Seattle and then transferred to Local 32 in Everett, where he stayed until his retirement in October 1999. After his retirement, he decided to become active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2100 in Everett, he was Commander from 2000 – 2007.
All can attest that Jamie was a
man that never met a stranger. He enjoyed riding his Harley, golfing,
hunting and fishing. He really enjoyed his yearly fishing trips to
Craig, AK. He also enjoyed calf team roping at local rodeos.
He is survived by his loving wife J'Nene; daughters, Teresa Boland-Snow (Steve) and Cheryl Kidder; sister Phyllis Sansavor (Les); brother, Les Boland (Shelia); and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members too many to name.
Per Jamie's request there will be no funeral. There will be a potluck celebration of his life at 2:00p.m. on Saturday, November 14, 2009 at the VFW Post 2100, 2711 Oakes Ave., Everett.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Providence Cancer Partnership in Everett, Dr. Ival Salyer from the Snohomish Family Medical Center and especially Suzanne Knaus from Evergreen Hospice. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity in Jamie's memory.