Col. Tonya R. Boylan, Southeast Region inspector general and former Georgia Wing commander, died unexpectedly Wednesday. She was 56.
“Many of us served under Col. Boylan’s leadership, and we are saddened and shocked by her sudden passing,” Col. Richard J. Greenwood, who succeeded Boylan as Georgia Wing commander in April, said in announcing her passing. “Her love for the Civil Air Patrol is evidenced by the many years of unselfish service she gave her community, her squadron, and the entire state of Georgia.
“Our hearts go out to her husband, two sons and other family members in this difficult time. Our prayers are for them, and our thoughts are with them,” Greenwood said.
Added Col. Alvin Bedgood, Southeast Region commander, “Her departure is a great loss for us all, and most especially for her family and friends.”
Visitation and a memorial service are set for Tuesday at Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 2750 Shorter Ave., Rome, Ga. 30165. Visitation starts at 10 a.m., followed by the memorial service at 11 a.m.
The family has invited Civil Air Patrol members to attend, Bedgood said. Those who do so may wear the CAP uniform.
The Georgia Wing will provide an honor guard for the occasion.
She is succeeded by her husband, Maj. Philip Boylan, and two sons, Philip Boylan and Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Tommy Boylan, all of Silver Creek, Ga.; a sister Tami Bowen Litton of Lilburn, Ga.; and a brother, John Bowen of California, Md.
The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the college trust fund for Cadet Boylan. Cards and letters may be sent to the Boylan family at 3974 Old Rockmart Road, Silver Creek, Ga. 30173
Maj. Boylan and Cadet Boylan are members of the Rome Cadet Squadron. Maj. Boylan is the squadron’s commander; Col. Boylan previously held that position.
“Col. Boylan dedicated her life to serving her family, her community and the Civil Air Patrol, Bedgood said. “She was a leader, an inspiration and a trailblazer. With her passing it is time for us to pause and remember her and to honor her for we are all richer for having known her.
“May we each remember with fondness our time together."