BETHELRIDGE, Ky. — Horace (Red) Boynton Jr. died on Feb 27, 2008, due to sudden illness.
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Red, as all his friends and family knew him, was born in New Hampton, N.H., on Oct 1, 1938, and was pre-deceased by his mother, Virene Gilpatric, his father, Horace Boynton Sr., brothers Raymond Boynton and Bernard Gilpatric, and his sister, Clara Fewtrell.
Red leaves his wife of 27 years, Denise LaCoste Boynton of Bethelridge; sons Russell Boynton of Gilmanton, N.H., Raymond Boynton of Raleigh, N.C., and Robert Boynton of Northfield, N.H.; daughter Mary Wright of New Hampton, N.H.; stepson Daniel Beaupre of Belmont, N.H.; stepdaughters Simone Roy of Chichester, N.H., and April Miller of Science Hill, K.Y.; 15 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers Wesley Gilpatric of Tilton, N.H., Keith Gilpatric of Somerset, Ky, and Robert Boynton of Sanbornton, N.H.; sisters Beverly Zulueta of Eubank, Ky., Kathleen Kelley of Hill, N.H., Barbara Skeets (Bristol, N.H., Ruth Clay, New Hampton, N.H., Vera Thuber, Hill, N.H., Priscilla Miller, Alexandria, N.H., and Becky Heath, Warren, N.H.; many neices and nephews; and his stepmother, Aida McDonald of New Hampton, N.H.
Red worked many years at J.P. Stevens Company in Tilton, N.H., after which he worked for five to six years as a lead carpenter for Locke Waterville Estates in Campton, N.H. His crew — which at the time included his brother, Wesley — built a large number of beautiful estate homes. Red was a master of masonry and created a large number of field stone and brick fireplaces, created with such care and attention to detail that many were like pieces of art.
Later Red began work with Community Action Program (CAP) and ultimately retired from CAP after working with the program for more than 25 years; he retired as an assistant director.
Red retired to Bethelridge five years ago. While in Kentucky, Red continued to pursue his interest and love of organic gardening. Red was an avid and highly successful hunter and fisherman who enjoyed spending time with his friends and family on numerous outdoor expeditions. More recently, Red renewed his interests in music and the guitar and has made several new friendships as a result of his activities in the "Pickin and Grinning" music group in Science Hill, Ky.
There will be a memorial service on Friday, Feb. 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Old Pisgah Historical 2Rm Schoolhouse in Somerset, Ky. The school can be located from Route 27 South by making a right onto the 914 By-Pass and then taking the next left turn into the compound (app. ¼ mile).
In lieu of flowers, a charitable donation may be made to Hospice in Red's name: Hospice of Lake Cumberland, 100 Parkway Drive, Somerset KY 42503.>
Published in Citizen from Feb. 29 to Mar. 1, 2008