Oliver Porter Boyer Jr., longtime banker

February 25, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Oliver Porter Boyer Jr., a longtime Harford County banker and avid Chesapeake Bay sailor, died Feb. 15 of pulmonary fibrosis at his Bel Air home. He was 81.

Mr. Boyer, the son of farmers, was born on Chilberry Farm in Perryman, overlooking the Bush River.

"He loved the river and was a member of the Bush River Yacht Club for many years," said his wife of 52 years, the former Jeanette Mathis Quinn.

After graduating from Aberdeen High School in 1946, he earned a bachelor's degree four years later in business from the University of Maryland, College Park.

He joined the Army after college and served in counterintelligence; he was stationed in Okinawa and other parts of Japan.

When he was discharged from the Army in 1954, he began working as a savings and loan examiner for the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corp.

In 1966, Mr. Boyer joined Jarrettsville Federal Savings and Loan, where he was the director and executive vice president for 40 years until retiring in 2006.

Mr. Boyer and his family enjoyed crabbing and exploring the bay aboard The White Cap, a custom-made 44-foot Morton Johnson that was powered by three engines.

"It had been a former gambling boat that had been anchored in the Potomac River below Washington, where men came to play poker," Mrs. Boyer said.

He was a member and secretary of the Jarrettsville Lions Club for 40 years and had been a director at FACETS, a Fallston home for at-risk boys.

In recognition of his community work, an annual business scholarship for North Harford High School students was established in his name.

A memorial service was held Saturday at Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air.

In addition to his wife, surviving are a son, Patrick Boyer of Baltimore; three daughters, Lynda Manning of Fawn Grove, Pa., Carol Stiebel of Troy, Mich., and Susanna Gross of Marblehead, Mass.; and seven grandchildren.

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