Boland retired from the board in 2010 after working in several positions analyzing budgets and the financial impact of legislation. After he retired, he came back to work as a consultant. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Westchester Medical Center.
The Board of Legislators hired Boland as a budget analyst in 1990 as part of an overhaul of the budget review process a few months after County Executive Andy O’Rourke proposed a 27 percent tax increase.
Former Legislator Richard Wishnie, who was chairman of the Budget Committee for 10 years, said Boland was a kind person and perfect gentleman but also a stickler for getting the numbers right.
“He was only interested in what was right, very accurate,” he said. Wishnie said he trusted no one more with the numbers.
Olivia Rhodes, the current director of fiscal affairs, saw his attention to detail while working for the administration of County Executive Andy Spano.
“You had to make sure that Bob understood what you were doing and why you were doing it because the legislators really did rely on him heavily,” she said.
Before joining the board staff, Boland worked as a financial professional in private industry, including nearly 30 years with Empire Mutual Insurance Company. He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War, going to the Army’s finance school and graduating first in his class, according to his daughter Donna Boland.
Donna Boland said though he loved his work, it didn’t take away from his time with his family.
“As a dad it seemed like he was always there for us, for everything,” she said. “He had five kids whose interests ranged from writing to masonry and yet he always seemed to be there.”
Boland was born in Manhattan on Oct. 15, 1928 to Elizabeth Lynch and Thomas Boland. He married Eleanor Boland on May 11, 1957 and she died last year. He was a parishioner at Sacred Heart Church in Hartsdale and served as president of the Parish Council.
Boland is survived by his children, Robert, Martin, Neil, Donna and Geraldine and four grandchildren.
Visiting hours are Wednesday and Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. The funeral will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 10 Lawton Ave., Hartsdale. Interment will be at Gate of Heaven cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer at www.lustgarten.org or by mail to The Lustgarten Foundation, 1111 Stewart Ave. Bethpage, NY 11714.