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Former Merrimack Defenseman Brian Boulay Dies at 34

Some really sad news to share today … former Merrimack defenseman Brian Boulay died on Saturday at his home in Ireland after suffering an acute asthma attack; he was just 34 years old and he leaves behind a young daughter, Maeve.

“Brian’s ultimate joy came from his little princess, Maeve,” his obituary read. “They shared so many memorable outings together. Maeve was his whole world and he was the most amazing and devoted Daddy to her.”

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Maeve Boulay Family Fund c/o Saver’s Bank, 38 Auburn Street, Auburn, MA 01501. 

Boulay played at Merrimack from 2002-07, spending the 2003-04 in the USHL with the Des Moines Buccaneers. After graduating, he played professional for four seasons with the Reading Royals (ECHL), Fort Wayne Komets (IHL), Bloomington Thunder (IHL) and Cape Cod Barons (FHL).

Boulay’s obituary is below. Visiting hours are Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at Britton-Wallace Funeral Home in Auburn, Mass. His funeral will be Monday at Our Lady of the Angels in Worcester.

Brian Boulay, 34, of Dublin, Ireland formerly from Auburn, MA passed away unexpectedly Saturday, June 9th at his home of an acute asthma attack.

Brian leaves behind his precious 3-year-old daughter, Maeve of Ireland, his loving parents, Rahn and Joan (Hardy) Boulay of Auburn, his beloved sister, Kelly and her husband Brendan Kach of Worcester and his former wife, Adriana O’Connor of Ireland. Brian also leaves behind aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Brian was raised in Auburn, graduated from St. John’s High School in 2002 and Merrimack College in 2007. Following college, Brain played professional hockey for the Reading Royals, the Fort Wayne Komets and Blooming Thunder. After his retirement from hockey, Brian worked for PTC in Needham and most recently for Oracle in Dublin in software sales.

Brian enjoyed spending time with his family and friends in America and vacationing at the family home in Falmouth, Cape Cod. Brian’s ultimate joy came from his little princess, Maeve. They shared so many memorable outings together. Maeve was his whole world and he was the most amazing and devoted Daddy to her.

Brian will always be remembered for his huge smile, his quick wit and his kind and generous heart. He had a deep love and concern for his family and friends. Brian’s memory will live on in the hearts of everyone who knew him.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Brian’s family on Sunday June 17, 2018 from 2-5 PM at BRITTON-WALLACE FUNERAL HOME, 91 Central St, Auburn. His funeral will be on Monday June 18, 2018 with a funeral Mass celebrated at 10:00 AM at Our Lady of the Angels, 1222 Main St, Worcester. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery, Auburn. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Maeve Boulay Family Fund c/o Saver’s Bank, 38 Auburn Street, Auburn, MA 01501.

Mike McMahon is in his 12th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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