Obituary for William F. Boothroyd
William F. “Bill” Boothroyd, 84, lifelong resident of Maynard, died on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 surrounded by his loving family at Life Care Center of Acton.
He leaves his former companion Linda; two sons, David Boothroyd of Melrose, Tim Boothroyd and his wife Anita of Hopkinton; his three daughters, Pam Corbett and her husband Jim of Townsend, Nicole Norton and her husband Jim of Apex, NC and Heather Rowe and her husband Damion of Londonderry, NH. He also leaves his 8 loving grandchildren, Luke and Mary Boothroyd of Hopkinton, Joe and Owen Corbett of Townsend, Mallory, Korin and Linus Norton of North Carolina, Emerson Rowe of Londonderry, NH; his two brothers, Paul and Donald Boothroyd, both of Maynard; his sister, Joan Hyden of Sudbury along with many nieces and nephews and their families. He was the brother of the late Joseph E., James H., Marion G., Patrick, Dorothy M. and Naomi M. Boothroyd.
Bill was born and raised in Maynard, son of the late Joseph and Margaret (Sullivan) Boothroyd. He attended local schools and was a 1951 graduate of Maynard High School. He served in the U.S. Army as a Veteran of the Korean War and later attended Northeastern University in Boston receiving his Associate’s Degree. He was a longtime engineer employed by the former Digital Equipment Corp. in Maynard for many years. He was a member of the Maynard Knights of Columbus, former Colonel of the Acton Minutemen and Assabet Village Minutemen and was a leader of the Middlesex County 4H Club. He was a longtime member of St. Bridget’s Parish in Maynard where he served as a CCD Instructor and Head Usher.
Bill had many interests throughout his life but especially enjoyed being outdoors around his home and gardening. He looked forward to summer trips to Cape Cod with family and friends. He truly enjoyed spending time with his family and was active in his children’s lives, volunteering as a coach when they were members of the Youth Baseball and Youth Soccer Programs. He cherished any opportunity to spend time with his grandchildren. He will be remembered for his love and kindness along with all the joy he brought to those who loved and knew him.
Visiting hours at the Acton Funeral Home, 470 Massachusetts Ave (Rt 111) Acton, MA 01720 will be held on Saturday, June 3rd from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, June 3rd at 10:30 a.m. in St. Bridget’s Church, 1 Percival St., Maynard, MA. Burial will follow in St. Bridget’s Cemetery, Maynard.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of William may be made to: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215, www.dana-farber.org.
Memorial page www.actonfuneralhome.com