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Garry Lee Boyce Sr.
Born in Middletown, NY, Garry enjoyed much of his retirement spending time between Key Largo, Fl and his home in Charleston, SC. Returning to New York, Garry resided in Ferndale, NY until his passing.
Garry Lee Boyce Sr. died at his home in Ferndale, NY on 6/29/23 at the age of 74 after fighting a brave battle with metastatic lung cancer.
He was born on 1/26/49 in Middletown, NY to Marie Elizabeth (Betty) and John James (Jack) Boyce.
He was one of 6 children.
Garry was a Middletown High school graduate, class of 1967 then proceeded to proudly serve his country as a Boiler Tender and Shore Patrolman in the United States Navy aboard the USS Little Rock.
Continuing his dedication to serve, he was a volunteer of the Howells Fire Company and holds the honor of being a past chief from 1981 to 1983.
Carrying on the legacy of the family business, Garry became the 3rd generation owner of Boyce Excavating Co., Inc. until passing the torch in 2005 to Garry Jr. His dedication to the company, as well as his wealth of knowledge about “Moving the Earth” has impacted most all of Orange County and the surrounding areas.
He was a member of the Middletown Elk’s Lodge #1097 and an asset to the Mount Hope Planning Board during his time served there. Many know Garry from his younger days, riding his Artic Cat snowmobile and heading upstate to Boonville. You could also catch him cheering on his children and grandchildren pursuing their passions on a track, on a field, or during concerts. He loved his caring for his lawn, as well as the numerous animals that had the luck to land in their home. All this and so much more, while still waking up before dawn and working late into the evening, 7 days a week. Snowplowing season, you could catch him out there, all hours of the night, even on holidays, always willing to lend a hand and help plow a driveway to anyone in need.
Aside from work, Garry was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He prided himself in working hard and teaching his children the same. He adored his grandchildren, who will forever look up to their Pop Pop.
Rarely was “Bugsy” seen without his Boyce Excavating hat (crooked of course), pants falling down and his beloved pipe. He has left an impact on all who’ve had the pleasure meeting him.
He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Martha Jean Sadler Boyce, his adoring daughters; Tracy Lynn Galasso (Patrick) of North Charleston, SC and Brandi Boyce Aquino (Thomas) of Westtown, NY, his admiring daughter-in-law Erin Boyce, his loving grandchildren; Brandon, Chelsea, Christopher, Tyler, Madison, Logan and Riley, devoted siblings; Michael Boyce, Neil Boyce, Michele Boyce, Lisa Eager and John Boyce as well as many adored aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his father John James (Jack) Boyce,his mother Marie Elizabeth (Betty) Boyce, as well as the untimely passing of his cherished son Garry Lee Boyce Jr., and niece Kathleen Elizabeth (Kate) Horan.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to be made to the Veterans Association of America.
Visitation will be held at Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home on Monday, July 3, 2023 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM
Arrangements are under the direction of Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, 130 Highland Avenue, Middletown, NY 10940
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130 Highland Ave.
Middletown, NY 10940