He sought no public accolades and carried himself with deep humility, though made an exception when it came to discussing his six children and fifteen grandchildren, upon whom he regularly lavished private and public praise (whether deserved or not!). The love and moral support he gave his children, grandchildren and extended family never wavered. Of the many gifts he gave and lessons he taught them, the greatest was his example.
His greatest earthly love was his wife of more than 56 years, Grace, whom he was blessed to meet within months of arriving in Massachusetts from Europe. He remained devoted and deeply in love with her until the end of his days.
In addition to his wife, Grace, Boelie is survived by his six children, their spouses, and fifteen grandchildren: daughter, Ruth H. (Tymann) Ford and grandchildren, Christian J. Ford, Jennifer G. Ford, and Daniel R. Ford, of North Hampton, NH; son, Daniel B. Tymann and his wife, Andrea (Anthony) Tymann, and granddaughter, Sarah J. (Tymann) Welch and her husband, Christopher J. Welch, of Newbury, MA; son, Jonathan R. Tymann and his wife, Carlene (Clancy) Tymann, and grandchildren, Jordan R. Tymann, Joshua D. Tymann, Jamieson L. Tymann, Courtney C. Tymann and Cassandra L. Tymann, of Stratham, NH; daughter, Anne Catherina Tymann of Durham, NC; son, Nathan J. Tymann and his wife, Linda (Cabarcas) Tymann, and grandchildren, Isaac N. Tymann and Naomi A. Tymann, of Carrboro, NC; and son, Benjamin B. Tymann and his wife, Jennifer (Guay) Tymann, and grandchildren, Hannah H. Tymann, Grace A. Tymann, Oliver L. Tymann and Tristan B. Tymann, of Wenham, MA.
Boelie is also survived by his brother, Willem (“Pim”) Tijmann of Sun City, AZ; his sister, Lide (“Lieke”) B. (Tijmann) Penney of New Port Richey, FL; and his half-brother, Bill Tijmann of the Netherlands. He was predeceased by his parents, Alida C. (Deijlius) Tijmann and Johann H. Tijmann.