Gathering at Veterans Memorial Coliseum will remember local businesswoman's life and contributions.

PMG FILE PHOTO - The life of Columbia Sportswear's Gert Boyle will be celebrated Thursday, Dec. 5, at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.Portlanders will be able to celebrate businesswoman Gert Boyle's life Thursday, Dec. 5, at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Boyle died Nov. 3. She was 95.

Boyle was head of Washington County's Columbia Sportswear Co. for more than 40 years. The celebration of life begins at 10 a.m.

The global sports apparel company's matriarch led the board since 1970. She was considered a pioneer in a male-dominated industry, inspiring women around the world to persevere through hard times and difficult situations. A company statement said her humor and business savvy was something sought by many people.

The company has asked for donations to the Oregon Health & Science University Knight Cancer Institute in lieu of flowers.

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