Harry was born on May 16, 1928, the son of Harrison and Edith (Eno) Boyce of Malone, NY. He is survived by his wife Barbara (Sawyer); daughters, Alicia “Liz” Boyce and Debbie Richardson, both of Union, OH; and his stepchildren William Sawyer of Fulton, NY; Daniel (Jackie) Sawyer of Bradenton, FL; Constance (Brian) Simpson of Seneca Falls, NY; and Kelly Sawyer of Oswego, NY; along with their children.
Harry joined the Air Force at the tender age of 22 when he was assigned to the Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, VA. He continued his devotion to protect our country for 20 years, while stationed in Sculthorpe, England; Lowry AFB, Colorado; and Westover, Massachusetts. During his tenure, he served honorably in the Korean War and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal for his bravery and commitment to the United States. Harry retired from the Air Force in 1971, he continued to work for another 25 years as an accountant at the Office of the New York State Comptroller and Oswego County Opportunities.
Harry spent his twilight years with Barb wintering in Florida and traveling. He seemed to know every back road in every small town in New York’s north country where they enjoyed collecting antiques. He also enjoyed visiting with friends, playing poker and watching Syracuse sports.
Harry’s longtime friends Mark Prairie, Don Masterson, John Wilson, and Dick Bateman paid this tribute to him: “His quick wit and ability to get in the last word was appreciated by all of his friends. His intellect was evidenced by his early admission to Clarkson University at the age of 16 and that intellect remained with him for the rest of his life. Harry possessed the ability to help his friends when others could not, and he was a beloved friend of Bill W. for many years. His spirit will remain with us forever.”
At Harry’s request, there will be no funeral services. Interment will be in the Boyce family plot at the Bellmont Center Cemetery, Brainardsville Road, Bellmont, NY, at the convenience of family. Those who so desire may make memorial donations in memory of Harry to Serenity Hall, 198 West First Street, Oswego, NY 13126.