Brattleboro- Leon C. Boyd, Jr., 77 of Oak Grove Avenue, a lifelong resident of town died unexpectedly Monday morning, May 22, 2017 in the emergency department at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.
Leon was born in Brattleboro on May 27, 1939, the son of Leon Carroll and Mildred Mae (Houle) Boyd. He was raised and educated in Brattleboro graduating with the Class of 1957 from Brattleboro High School.
After his graduation from BHS he proudly served in the United States Marine Corps.
He worked his entire career as a truck driver employed for many years at Brattleboro Haulage where he was the recipient of a safe driver award after 30 years of driving without an accident. Previously he worked for Pepsi Cola Bottling of Brattleboro.
Active civically, he was a former member of Rescue Inc. and served as a board member at the high school for Windham Southeast Supervisory Union.
A devout Catholic, Leon was a lifelong communicant of Saint Michael's Roman Catholic Church and was a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus, Leo Council #917.
He enjoyed woodworking, music, playing the guitar and time shared with his family. He was a former CB radio operator known throughout the airways as the "Friendly Ghost."
On January 26, 1963 in Guilford he was married to the love of his life, Nancy Tanner.
Besides his faithful and devoted wife of 54 years he leaves three daughters, Kelly Gray and husband Castello of Brattleboro, Sandra Hamilton and husband Kevin also of Brattleboro, and Patricia Veaudry and her husband Jason of Vernon, one sister, Eleanor Powers and husband Howard of Summerfield, Florida, two brothers, Kenneth Boyd of Hinsdale and James Boyd and wife Brenda of Guilford.
Additionally he is survived by many grandchildren, three great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews.
Leon was predeceased by two sisters, Kathleen Powers and Linda Amidon and a granddaughter Bethany.
The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 11:00 A.M. at Saint Michael's Catholic Church with Fr. Justin Baker, pastor, celebrant. Committal Rites and burial with full military honors will follow in Tyler Cemetery in Vernon.
Friends are invited to call at the Atamaniuk Funeral Home Friday afternoon from 5 to 7 PM.
Memorial contributions in his name may be made to Rescue Inc., P.O. Box 593, Brattleboro, VT 05302.