Gerald F. ‘Jerry’ Boland

March 26, 1936 – Dec. 12, 2019


Gerald F. “Jerry” Boland, 83, Gibsonia, formerly of Cresson, died Thursday at St. Margaret Hospital in Pittsburgh.

He was born in Cresson, son of the late Harold J. and Savilla A. (Sellers) Boland. On June 6, 1964, he married Mary Judith “Judy” Bishop at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Cresson.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years; two daughters: Bonnie and son-in-law, Rodney D. Mallory, of Raleigh, N.C., and Anne and son-in-law, John P. Harris III, of Gibsonia; six grandchildren: Mitchell, Allison, Megan and Luke Mallory, all of Raleigh, N.C., and John P. Harris IV and Hunter A. Harris, both of Gibsonia; a sister, Mary Ellen Kelly of Bethlehem; a sister-in-law, Rose Boland of Potomac, Md.; a sister-in-law, Debbie Bishop of Bedford; and a brother-in-law, Tim Bishop and wife, Joyce, of Greenville, N.C.

He was preceded in death by an infant brother, John Joseph; siblings: Robert (Geraldine), Virginia (Ira Bradley), Miriam (Dale Bartlebaugh), Betty (Thomas Link), J. Harold and first wife, Bernice, Donna Mae (Robert Delozier) and Clifton (Joyce); and brother-in-law, Jack Kelly.

Jerry was a 1954 graduate of Cresson Joint High School and a 1958 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor of science degree in music. He taught in the public school system for 46 years, which included marching band, chorus, and general classroom music at Penn Cambria School District. When the jointure was formed in 1966, Jerry composed the music for the Penn Cambria Alma Mater. He was known lovingly by his many students throughout these years as “Mr. B.” He served with the Pennsylvania National Guard and was a member of the 28th Division Band.

He was a lifelong member of the Catholic faith and was a church organist and choir director for many years.

A special thank you to Concordia Memory Care of Fox Chapel in Pittsburgh, St. Margaret Hospital in Pittsburgh and Good Samaritan Hospice for their help and comfort.

Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, at Anderson Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 233 Keystone Ave., Cresson. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, the Rev. Leo Arnone celebrant. Committal will be at the church cemetery.