Donald Emerson Boyd
April 21, 1935 - April 14, 2017
Retired East Coast Aerotech Instructor
Donald Emerson Boyd died peacefully on April 14, 2017 at Maples Rehabilitation and Nursing Center after a long illness. He was born on April 21, 1935 in Hyde Park to the late Joseph Thomas and Virginia Ripley (Shaw) Boyd. He and his twin brother, Douglas, enjoyed their summers at "Camp Wildwood" in Hanson, created by his grandfather, the author Stanley Shaw, to help develop a sense of atmosphere while writing his wilderness novels.
Donald attended schools in Hyde Park and then chose Boston Technical High school, graduating in 1952. Following his love of aircraft, he attended and graduated from East Coast Aerotech School to study Aviation Mechanics. It was then off to South Korea in the Army Aviation Core, immediately following the end of the war there. He monitored the 38th Parallel and was a helicopter mechanic. Upon his return home in 1958, he went to work for Northeast Airlines as a Master Aviation Technician at Logan.
His family had moved to Dedham around this time and he fell in love with the girl next door, Pauline Dewitt. They were married on September 9, 1961 and recently marked their 55th Wedding Anniversary. The couple settled in Foxboro that same year, accompanied by their dog Cleo and later two children.
Northeast Airlines was bought by Delta around 1972, but the family chose to remain in Foxboro rather than taking a job in Georgia. The Foxboro Company hired Don and he worked his way up to being an Associate Engineer in Research and Development. He remained there until 1987. He then had a great opportunity to become an instructor at his Alma Mater, East Coast Aerotech where he remained until his retirement.
Don had many hobbies, one of which was building radio control scale model airplanes from scratch. Along with his friend Hank Gobin, he founded the Lazy Loopers, an R/C flying club that is still active in Wrentham. He has many wonderful friends he met through the club. Mr. Boyd also won a number of flying awards during various completions in and out of state. He and Hank then built a two man light Pietenpol aircraft (not a model) following paper plans. He also was a skilled painter and loved nature. He trained the backyard chipmunks to eat out of his hand.
Five years ago his health started to deteriorate. His family cared for him at home until December 2015 when he moved to Maples Rehabilitation and Nursing Home. He loved the staff there, who were so good to him. Recently he also received wonderful care from Beacon Hospice who performed a special veteran's pinning ceremony for Don.
Donald leaves behind his wife, Pauline of Foxboro, his son Joseph and fiancée Susan Nelson of Westport, MA, and his daughter, Susan of Foxboro. He has three grandsons, Michael Boyd of Foxboro, Steven Boyd and his fiancée Abigail Brown of Belmont, and Alexander Boyd of Brooklyn, NY.
Visiting hours will be at Roberts and Sons Funeral Home on Saturday 22nd from 10-11 am with a service at 11 am followed by interment at Rock Hill Cemetery in Foxborough.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Maple's Activity Fund, Maples Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 90 Taunton Street, Wrentham, MA 02093.
Visitation: Roberts and Sons Funeral Home
Service: Roberts and Sons Funeral Home