Lawrence Boland Jr.
Published in Courier-Post
on March 22, 2013
Boland Jr. most recently of Venice, FL passed away March 15, 2013. Born
February 18, 1931 Newark, NJ. Son of James Lawrence and Edith Hand Boland
of Worcester, MA. Raised in Newark and Kearney, NJ; graduated Woodbridge
High School 1948; inducted into the Woodbridge High School Athletic Hall
of Fame in 1995 as a triple varsity athlete.
James was recruited by the NEW YORK GIANTS minor league system as a starting
After his career in the minors and the Border League he entered the air
force and played for the Keesler Airforce Base (Biloxi, MS) Baseball Team.
In 1952 the Airforce transferred Jim to Keflavík Iceland where
he met his future bride, the former Hrafnhildur (Haddy) Sigurgisladottir
who preceded him in death August 22, 2007.
As a lifelong retailer and one of the very first Hallmark Card Store operators
Jim opened his first store, Jim's candy store on Dodd Street East Orange,
NJ in 1955. He and his young family of six lived in a 3 room apartment
behind the store. During the span of 53 years Jim owned many different
Hallmark, and party good stores: Colonial Cards and Gifts Perth Amboy,
NJ; Paper Parade Hazlet, NJ; Kristín's Hallmark South Plainfield
and Holmdel, NJ; Party Warehouse Marlton, NJ; plus many others. Jim sold
his last business in 2008 retiring to Venice FL.
Jim was an avid sports fan and an accomplished craps and poker player
however he graciously allowed the casinos in Atlantic City, Las Vegas,
and other locations to win from time to time.
Jim is survived
by his brother Robert Boland; Ylva S. Parsons, the love of his life and
his partner of 25 years; his four children, James, Glenn, Kristin and
Sean; nieces Patty, Bonnie, Karen and Nephew Robert; Ylva's two children,
Eric Parsons, Caren Harvey and twelve grandchildren.
service was held on March 20th at the Farley Funeral Home in Venice, Florida.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hurricane Sandy
New Jersey Relief Fund, P.O. Box 6200, Merrifield, VA 22116.