John Benedict Boyer was born on March 8, 1936, and left this world for a new life, on September 26th, at the age of 87. Beloved husband of 65 years to his high school sweetheart, Carroll Boyer. Loving father of Jan Boyer-Smith (Charlie) and Rebecca Remetich (Jim). Beloved “Poppa” to Ashley Megan Blackwell, Jeremy Freudenthal, Emma Remetich, Joshua Remetich and Noah Remetich. Also, a loving “Poppa” to his two great-grandchildren, Abel Blackwell and Gabriel Blackwell.
Son of the late Emma and Charles Boyer. Brother of Dorothy Ferrara, brother-in-law of Merlin Boyer and Hiram Torres. Predeceased by brothers, Eddie, Charles, Ray Paul, Sam, Richard, and sister, Theresa. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. As a passionate dog lover, he loved his fur babies, especially Sweetie, and now, Lady.
John was born and raised in Algiers, and moved to Gretna, where he has been a resident since 2002. He was a 1956 graduate of Martin Behrman High School, as a three-sport athlete in track, football, and basketball; and attended McNeese State University, continuing his track career. He always wore the number “8”, and the number became an important part of his everyday life. He started his career of civil service with the US Department of Agriculture (NFC), retiring in 1992. Around 1970, he began his true passion of coaching the Crescent City Striders, and volunteering in his sport of track and field.
John was a Lifetime Member of AAU Sports. For 11 years, he served as the National Meet Coordinator for the AAU Junior Olympic Games. During this time, he traveled through almost all of the eastern United States. He especially took pride in serving as the National Meet Director for the AAU Club Championship held at the Disney Wide World of Sports. He was certified as a USATF Master Official for 40+ years. He officiated at numerous levels; including, collegiate, high school, and youth. He was a distinguished volunteer for PelState Regional Cerebral Palsy Victory Games, Children’s Hospital, Cystic Fibrosis Organization, Special Olympics, and St. Michael’s. John was known for gathering volunteers and contributions “free for nothing.” His favorite volunteers were his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
John received four keys to the City of New Orleans, acknowledging his outstanding services. In 2003, he was recognized as Volunteer of the Year from the Disney Wide World of Sports. In 2014, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award for the AAU Jr. Olympic Games. John received a multitude of other recognitions and awards throughout his career.
John always looked forward to his weekly lunches with his “lunch krewe”, visiting many different restaurants in the city. As he was served his food, he was very eager to get his ‘take home’ box to deliver to Carroll the other half. He always spoke his mind, no matter what anyone thought. He was extremely giving, never met a stranger and was known for always sharing (especially t-shirts!). His newfound pastime was baking Dutch apple pies, and giving them away to friends and family.
Relatives and friends are invited to visitation on Sunday, October 1, from 6 to 10 pm and will continue on Monday, October 2, from 9 to 11 am, with Catholic Mass to follow. Services will be held at Mothe Funeral Home, 2100 Westbank Expy., Harvey, LA 70058. Interment will take place at St. Bartholomew Cemetery, 500 De Armas St., New Orleans, LA 70114.
In lieu of floral arrangements, please consider making a contribution to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Family and friends may view and sign the online guest book at www.mothefunerals.com.