After a 27-month battle with pancreatic cancer, Richard “Pappy” Dean Boynton I passed away on June 2.
Richard was born on June 5, 1942, in Palmer to Sylvia (Kowalczyk) Boynton and Herbert Boynton.
After graduating from Minnechaug Regional High School, Richard served for 42 years in the Army, National Guard and the Air Force.
Among his many occupations, he worked at Quaboag Transfer, Spec Pond in Wilbraham and Westover Air Reserve Base, where he retired in 2004.
Though he was born in Palmer, Richard spent much of his life in Wilbraham.
For many who knew him, Richard had an enthusiastic sense of humor and would tell jokes whenever he got the chance. He enjoyed working, going on his “round robins” and, more than anything else, his family.
He was predeceased by his mother Sylvia Boynton, wife Marlene Boynton, his son Richard Dean Boynton II, and his daughter-in-law Deanna Boynton.
Richard will be remembered and deeply missed by his three children Daniel Boynton of Bondsville, Deanne Sidur and son-in-law Todd Sidur of Ware, and Natasha Boynton and her partner Daniel McCall; his grandchildren Anne-Marie Teixeira and her husband Michael Teixeira, Richard Boynton, Kayla Forte and her husband Joseph Forte, Lauren Sidur, Abigayle Sidur, Megan Sidur, Melina Bourdeau, Majel Bourdeau and Seth Bourdeau; his great-grandsons Mason Teixeira and Brody Forte.
He also leaves behind many loved ones (especially those who call him “Grampy.”)
Richard’s Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, June 7 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Cecilia Church, 42 Main St. Wilbraham, followed by burial in St. Aloysius Cemetery, Springfield. Visitation will precede the Mass on Monday from 9-10 a.m. at Wilbraham Funeral Home, 2551 Boston Rd., Wilbraham. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wilbraham Senior Center, 45B Post Office Park Wilbraham, MA 01095.
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