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Gert Boyle was the former president and chairwoman of Columbia Sportswear, who built the company from a small business to the largest outerwear company in the U.S. and starred in its commercials.

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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on Nov. 7, 2019.
MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
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April 13, 2020
So sorry for your loss and you have my sincere sympathy. Mrs Boyel was a unique and strong woman. May blessings of calm come from above to the family!
April 4, 2020
My condolences to the family, truly an industrial person. May the God of Comfort, continue to comfort the family.
December 16, 2019
Gert has left us with a great legacy of taking care of Oregonians as a major employer and philanthropist. Gerts Greatest gift may be leaving us the fantastic Boyle family with the same values and interests as their beloved Matriarch . Big Hug to the entire Boyle Family .
Ron Sauer
Friend
December 4, 2019
When I worked for Columbia Sportswear, I felt that I worked for a family and not a corporation. Mother Gert Boyle always made everyone feel as if they were part of a Columbia Sportswear family.
My deepest sympathy to you,Tim and Joe, for the passing of such a dynamic, powerful and fun-loving mother/grandmother. I am grateful to have known her.
Linda Karafotias
November 25, 2019
God is a God of all Comfort and he will Comfort the family's...My condolence...
November 25, 2019
Sorry to hear of Mom's passing. Brings back great memories of our commitment to Columbia in the early years when she took over the business. My sincere condolences. Ted Kuller, Minnesota Knitting Mills
Ted Kuller
Friend
November 24, 2019
We are saddened for the loss of your dearly beloved Mother. We know that you all are so very proud of her accomplishments and the wonderful legacy she left. She was truly a great business woman indeed!

BNM, Dallas, TX
November 22, 2019
I heard of the death of Mrs. Boyle and wish you all strength in these sad days.

I recall a songtext which says :

If I die don't cry for me
For I am not really dead you see
It is only a body which I have left behind
But I've only died if you've forgotten me.

Sincerely,

Roland Meijer
Senior Salesperson
Bever Rotterdam
Netherlands
Roland Meijer
November 21, 2019
Rick and Gert at Poster signing at Paragon NYC
My father Henry Landman and his friend Johnny Englander were good friends of Gertrude Lammfromm Boyle when they lived in Augsburg, Germany. Dad used to laugh when we saw her commercials. One day she was signing posters at Paragon in Manhattan, and I went to get one for my dad. When she saw in line, she asked me to come up front because I was wearing the Bugaboo, which was her first jacket. I still have it. Then I told her that I was Henry Landman's son. She called him up and they schmoozed. When I was leaving I saw the Englander family on line. She must of appreciated seeing 2 Augsburger families coming to see her. Now Henry, Johnny, and Gert are all back together again, where ever you go after this life is over.
Rick Landman
November 19, 2019
I REALLY ENJOYED WHEN EVER I WAS AROUND GERT SHE WAS THE VERY BEST!!!!! AND A GREAT COMPANY TO WORK FOR AND STILL IS TO THIS DAY.
ROBBIE LOPEZ
Coworker
November 15, 2019
My condolences Boyle family. Gerts skills spoke volumes about her. She was very talented . May God give you the comfort needed to cope as you grieve.
Janet
November 14, 2019
Sincere condolences to the family of Ms. Boyles. She is resting in Gods memory.
JE Sowell
November 14, 2019
My condolences to the family of Gert Boyle for the loss of your dead loved one.
November 12, 2019
I met her checking me out at a new silver sands outlet mall columbia sportswear store in Destin Florida. The shirt I was purchasing had a seam that wasn't perfect. She stopped the line, went back and got a new one and finished checking me out. While waiting for her to return I noticed her book and placed it on the counter. When she returned, I asked her to autograph the book . She did and the inscription said "only the best will do for your customers". My wife and I have been very blessed in business and I never ever forgot her words. Godspeed you are the business person we strive to be.
Top Erwin
November 12, 2019
Top Erwin
November 12, 2019
GO GET,EM GERT,SHOW THEM HOW TOO TO SEW IN HEAVEN,
November 12, 2019
Mrs. Boyle always had a smile and a friendly word for me whenever I visited Columbia Sportswear. We also enjoyed dinner together a time or two. Columbia Sportswear was the launching pad for our personal success. We will always be grateful for our relationship. Thank you,Mrs. Boyle.
Dave Clark
Friend
November 12, 2019
Boyle Family,
My sincere condolences to you on the loss of your loved one. May the God of all comfort provide you all the strength to cope with your loss
November 12, 2019
I am Doug Hoschek and I had the honor to work with Gert for many decades developing outdoor fabrics.
Most of the time I called her Mom. This for sure is a very special passage for Tim and all her family members. Always saying you are working for not just me but my family.
Columbia Sportswear forever will be known as Mom's business. Probably there will not be another Mom business as time passes for the family members and especially for Tim her beloved son. For sure in outerwear and sportswear there will never be another Gert Boyle.
She is a mold that will never be broken and the greatest inspiration for us all who enjoy being part of outdoor recreation apparel. Warmth and comfort will follow Gert into her new journey.
Doug Hoschek
Acquaintance
November 11, 2019
Our deepest condolences to the family. We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort you all during this difficult period.
November 11, 2019
Always enjoyed sitting behind you at the share holders meeting. Enjoyed all the commercials you and Tim were in. You had a life well lived. I
BJ Harrington
November 11, 2019
I am very sorry for the loss of your mother, she was one tough cookie may the God of comfort be with all of you as you mourn her loss.
Karen
November 9, 2019
VALENDA NEWELL
November 9, 2019
I was lucky enough to spend a week with Mrs.Boyle..in New Zealand ..one great lady.
RIP
Steve Weiss



November 9, 2019
My deepest sympathy to the Boyle family. May the God of Comfort wrap his arms around you to help you endure your loss.
November 9, 2019
My condolences to the Boyle family, so very sorry for your loss, praying that God be with you.
November 9, 2019
Condolences to the Boyle Family. May God grant you strength and comfort during this time of sorrow.
November 8, 2019
Condolences to the family of Gert Boyle,

Find some comfort from her indispensable wisdom she acquired throughout her life that she has left you. For strength to endure the days ahead please go to the Hearer of Prayers and pour out your hearts because He cares for you.
Lillie Lin
November 8, 2019
My deepest condolences to the Boyle family, truly sorry for your loss, my God be with you at this most difficult time
November 7, 2019
Gert was a great friend of mine. She will be deeply missed. My heart goes out to you Sally. Your family will be in my prayers. Your friend Ralph
Ralph Giannini
Friend
November 7, 2019
One of Portland's most remarkable women, her manner and generosity will not quickly be forgotten
L. Mitchell
Wilsonville, Oregon
Laurie Mitchell
November 7, 2019
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
V M
Neighbor
November 7, 2019
Rest in Peace
Scott Chamberland
November 7, 2019
Ann Stokman
November 7, 2019
Condolences to the Boyle Family, May God bless you with comfort and peace during this very difficult time. May the arm of God strengthen you mightily.
BRY
November 7, 2019
Where theres a will, theres a way. Boyle with her son made it work. Much respect for them both. One tough Mother.
My condolences to the family and may you all find great comfort in the hope our Heavenly Father provides.
November 7, 2019
My deepest condolences to family and friends. May the God of all comfort grant you peace during this difficult time.
November 7, 2019
Condolences to the family along with friends.
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