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John W Boyce Jr.
In Loving Memory
John “Jack” William Boyce, Jr, of Stamford, CT, and formerly of Jacksonville, FL, and Carmel, NY, passed away on October 16, 2021, surrounded by his family at Nathaniel Witherell in Greenwich, CT. He was 88 years old. In addition to his beloved wife Geraldine of 63 years, he is survived by his daughters Lori Klipstein (Ty) and Kelly Boyce Himebaugh (Lyle), as well as his son John W. Boyce III (Cara). Jack was the proud “Papa” of seven grandchildren: Alison Moughty (Sean), Taylor and Emma Klipstein, Lilly and Helen Himebaugh, and Jack (John William IV) and Katelyn Boyce, as well as a great-grandfather to two: Declan and Reagan Moughty.
Jack was born on December 22, 1932, in Staten Island, NY, to John Boyce, Sr and Loretta Delaney and was one of three children. He was the last surviving brother of the late Patricia Reichert and Francis Boyce. In 1951, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and honorably served until 1955. Shortly after, he met his wife, Gerry, and was married. For most of his adult life, he served as Vice President of Manufacturing at the Ward Leonard Electric Company in Mt. Vernon, NY. He finished his working career at BOCES in adult education before retiring to Fleming Island, Florida in 1998.
Jack was an avid and accomplished sportsman and loved fishing and hunting. He was a fantastic storyteller – and that didn’t just include stories of the size of the fish that he caught. He enjoyed telling stories in order to teach and to pass on his lifetime worth of knowledge. He would spend hours explaining to his grandchildren the different types of birds in the backyard...and then how to draw them. His wit and humor made him a terrific joke teller – traits that would make him magnetic to those around him – especially with a martini glass in hand during happy hour. A day of fishing…roasting oysters on the grill…tearing recipes out of magazines…watching a sunset. These were the simple things that Jack enjoyed the most.
A selfless volunteer, Jack was a contributor to every community that he lived in throughout his life. While living in New York, he was a member of the Carmel High School Board of Education, Chairman of the Westchester Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, and involved in the Business Council of Westchester, NY.
After retiring to Florida, Jack became a proud and active member of the Elks Lodge #1892, where he spent almost every weekend both volunteering and cooking for his fellow members. You could also find him protecting his neighbors driving his golf cart around as part of the Eagle Harbor Neighborhood Watch and during the holidays at a local storefront ringing his bell for the Salvation Army. As a resident of the nearby Jacksonville Naval Air Station, he was a proud supporter of all Veterans and specifically the Wounded Warrior Project.
There are too many things to list that we will miss now that our dedicated patriarch is gone. Nothing will be as “terrific” as it was in his presence, but we will always find comfort knowing “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere” and he will always, and forever be toasting us.
Calling hours will be held Thursday, October 21, 2021, from 4pm to 8 pm at the Pelham Funeral Home located at 64 Lincoln Avenue, Pelham, NY. A prayer service and military tribute will begin at 7:00 pm in his honor. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to The Wounded Warrior Project.
What wonderful memories I have of Jack. I don"t think I was ever in his company that I was not laughing. May you find comfort in your fondest memories. I hope he meets up with Bill and picks up right where they left off.
Pat Cahill and Family Oct 23 2021 10:49 AM
Our sincere sympathy to your entire family. May Jack rest in peace and all your wonderful memories of him be with and cheer you forever. Mike, Kathy and Chris King
Kathy King Oct 22 2021 4:21 PM
John our deepest sympathies to you and your entire family during this painful time. RIP Mr. Boyce. Wounded Warrior in memory.
James & Maureen McAloon Oct 21 2021 12:25 PM
Wonderful memories of Jack while he lived with his beautiful wife Geri on Fair Street. I will drink a Vodka Gimlet (that he introduced me to) in his honor. May his memory remain eternal.
George Amentas Oct 20 2021 8:28 PM
Kelly sincerest condolences and prayers for the soul of your father Jack. You, Lily, Helen, Lyle and the Boyce family are also in our prayers. Stay Strong.
Seema and Conrad Saldanha Oct 20 2021 8:02 PM
Dear Geraldine and family,
My mom (Rose Raio) worked for Jack at Ward Leonard for a number of years, and I worked there for a few years as well. My mom adored Jack and I have fond memories of him as well. He used to always make me laugh with his sense of humor. My mom passed away back in 2002, so I wanted to send you my condolences for the both of us. May he Rest In Peace
Gina Raio Monte Oct 20 2021 12:11 PM
A candle was lit in memory of John Boyce Jr.
Carlos Ramos Oct 20 2021 9:07 AM
Know that our entire family is sending love your way.
Louis & Barbara Furlo Oct 20 2021 7:53 AM
A candle was lit in memory of John Boyce Jr.
The Madigan Family Oct 19 2021 10:59 PM
Loved you as a brother, Jack.
Pfeiffer Herbert Oct 19 2021 9:08 PM