COL (RET) NORMAN JOSHUA BOYDEN Jr.

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COL (RET) NORMAN JOSHUA BOYDEN JR. - SARASOTA, Fla./ BURLINGTON - Col. (RET) Norman Joshua Boyden Jr. of Sarasota, Fla., and Burlington, passed away peacefully July 14, 2013, at his home in Sarasota, Fla. He was a man of integrity and dignity. He was born in Burlington Aug. 30, 1920, the son of a typesetter, Norman Joshua Boyden, at the Burlington Free Press. Growing up on North Street in Burlington, his mother, Carrie Thornton Boyden, rented out rooms to medical students at her house. He and his younger brother, Edward, would eat meals with the graduate students. Graduating from Burlington High School in 1938, it was clear he would attend the University of Vermont for his college studies. At UVM, he studied business. He was a part of Sigma Nu Fraternity, and met the love of his life and future wife of 54 years, Ann Remington, a Tri Delt. They would go out to dances, and even danced to Glenn Miller's Orchestra as the band stopped by Burlington on their way to a concert at Dartmouth. His distinguished military career began in the Vermont National Guard, 1939 to 1940, and UVM ROTC. He graduated in 1942, commissioned 2LT Infantry, for service in World War II. Assigned to 2nd Infantry Division, he trained in Ireland for Normandy Invasion of Europe and was deep into what was Czechoslovakia went the war ended. Col. (RET) Boyden's medals include the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Upon returning to Burlington, he worked at Woods Sporting Goods store, Sears and Roebuck while it was on the corner of Church and Cherry Streets, and finally, for many years at Whiting Company, a brush and filament company on the corner of Pine and Howard Streets. A sportsman as well, he was a champion in the Burlington Bowling leagues in the fifties and sixties. A member of the Burlington Country Club for many years, he enjoyed many rounds of golf with good friends. He and Ann would also entertain friends at the home they built on Oakland Terrace in Burlington. In retirement, he and Ann would split their year in Burlington and Sarasota, Fla., driving to see friends and family along the way, enjoying friends in each place. His wife, Ann, died in 1996 from complications of leukemia. Since then, he enjoyed the warm climates of Sarasota year round. An avid Red Sox fan, he watched every game played and followed each player with a critical eye for skill and personality. He is survived by three of his four children, Norman J. Boyden III "Pat" and wife, Louise, of Williston, Barbara Boyden of Burlington, and Susie Boyden of Sarasota, Fla. He is also survived by multiple nieces and nephews; and his granddaughters, Karen Boyden Mendes and her husband, Mark Mendes of Essex Junction, Charlotte Boyden Churchill and her husband, Seth Churchill of Colombia, Md., Laura Boyden Fetterolf and her husband, Shawn Fetterolf of Grenoble, France, Kyler and Dan Ronner-Bland of Portland, Ore., Melissa Bland of Burlington and Jessica Bland in Suffield, Conn. His eight greatgrandchildren were also a joy to him: Oscar, Max, Emma, Sarah, True, Indy, Margaret and Nicholas. His youngest son, Peter Boyden, predeceased him in 2007. A Celebration of Life Ceremony at First Baptist Church, St. Paul Street, Burlington, will be held Saturday, July 27, 2013, at 10 a.m. followed by interment with Full Military Honors at Lakeview Cemetery, North Avenue, Burlington.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on July 17, 2013
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