Tribute: Robert Boyle (2)

A Humble Laborer

Mr. Boyle’s choice would have been, “Nothing needs to be said,” when referring to his own life and the work for the Lord in which he was involved for so many years.

In October 1956, my brother, who worked in Fort William (now Thunder Bay, Ontario), called me at home and suggested that I go and hear a preacher from Port Arthur, Ontario, who was speaking in Kenora, Ontario, at the Scout’s Building. Although I had listened to many clergymen, I could remember nothing like it before. During the mid- fifties and for the next fifty years, brother Boyle worked with many well-known brethren, including W. Warke, J. Norris, J. Ronald, Sr, as well as his brother-in-law, Robert Neill, who was a missionary in South Africa.

He and I often had gospel meetings together but never in large cities or large assemblies. Brother Boyle’s exercise seemed to be to go into small towns and villages to preach the gospel and to help and encourage small assemblies of the Lord’s people. We did a lot of house-to-house visiting, making contacts and inviting people to the meetings. He had a special ability to reach people who had been the subject of many prayers.

I was very impressed with Brother Boyle from the first time that I heard him speak and it was a pleasure and honor for me to share in any meetings which we had.

Brother Boyle never made great mention of himself or his labors. He stayed out of the limelight and didn’t make attempts to be popular. His life was spent studying the Bible. He was always well-prepared when he went to the platform, whether for ministry or gospel. I found it was a delight to listen to him and I was not alone in this. His earnest preaching, teaching, and godly life will long be remembered.