LOWER GWYNEDD, PA -- John Boyle, a longtime industry veteran remembered for advocating tirelessly on its behalf, died on Oct. 6 following a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 67.
Boyle worked most recently for Elliot's Vending Co. (Huntingdon Valley, PA) as vice-president of sales and marketing. His vending career began in the early 1970s at Philadelphia's Macke Co. He moved quickly up the ranks to the position of vice-president of Macke North, where he managed the company's vending division and its five associated branches throughout the Delaware Valley, encompassing more than 115 routes and 30 manual food locations. In 1985, Boyle joined Canteen Corp. in Philadelphia as a vending district manager. From 1998 to 2006, he served with Covenco Inc. (Middletown, PA) as corporate operations manager.
Boyle's association involvement began when he served on the New Jersey Automatic Merchandising Council's board of directors between 1973 and 1976. During that time, NJAMC was successful in changing the method of sales tax computation, reducing the tax liability for New Jersey operators. In 1977, he joined the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Automatic Merchandising Council, and helped lead the fight for more equitable taxation. In 1980, the association's lobbying efforts led Pennsylvania lawmakers to change the way sales tax was computed, producing substantial operator refunds.
In 1989, Boyle received the National Automatic Merchandising Association's Legislative Award for leading a group of Philadelphia operators in a successful campaign to repeal a $100 per machine tax. Five years later, he led the effort that repealed a newly initiated sales tax on candy in Pennsylvania. NAMA honored Boyle with a second legislative award in 1998 for heading a PAMC taskforce that won sales tax exemptions for key products sold through vending machines.
Boyle was also a two-time winner of the Tri-State Automatic Merchandising Council's Harry Mowery Award, given to a person who demonstrates "passion, positive energy and intense love for the vending industry." Last October, Boyle retired from the Tri-State board of directors after 30 years and was honored in a special ceremony for his accomplishments, service and dedication.
The Tri-State Automatic Merchandising Council was formed in 2008 with the merger of the Pennsylvania Automatic Merchandising Council and the New Jersey Automatic Merchandising Council. It also represents operators from Delaware.
Boyle is survived by his wife, Margery, children Lori, Fred and Kristi, and nine grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations in Boyle's name made to Bacolod Boys Home, c/o Fr. Gregory Plata, OFM/St. Francis of Assisi Mission, 2613 Highway #82 East, Greenwood, MS 38930.
SERVICES: Viewings will be held Monday, Oct. 11, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Tuesday 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Emil J. Ciavarelli Family Funeral Homes (951 E. Butler Pike, Ambler, PA). A funeral mass for John Doyle will be held Tuesday, Oct. 12, at 10 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church (428 S. Main St., North Wales, PA).