Richard B. Boyer
Richard B. Boyer, a three-time All-American goalie, dedicated community servant and local business owner passed away on June 11, 2016, after the 58-year Lake Placid resident lost his battle with long term medical complications.
Richard was born in Albany on Nov. 21, 1950, the second twin to arrive to his parents Fletcher and Ruth Boyer. During the summer of 1957 Richard moved to Lake Placid with his older twin Robert A. Boyer and oldest brother Clark F. Boyer. This move to a new community started Richard on a path of fellowship and new friends.
Graduation from Lake Placid High School started him on a career path at his parent’s Ford dealership, Mountain Motors, followed by a long time career with the village of Lake Placid Highway Department. While at the Highway Department, Richard was elevated to highway superintendent after many years of performing highway maintenance tasks from paving to street cleaning.
During this same time period, the Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department became near and dear to him. His 30-plus years of active participation included working as the race team driver, part-time apparatus driver, and then climbing the officer ranks culminating with the honor of department chief. Richard represented the fire department and the community as president of Northern New York Firemen’s Association and department representative to the New York State Firemen’s Association.
After retirement from the village Highway Department, Richard turned his attention to his part time business and brought it forward to a successful community service. Operating Boyer’s Septic Service, Richard provide a necessary service with Port-a-Johns and septic system service. As he always said, “We are number one in the number two business.”
A lover of outdoor sports, Richard enjoyed his time at hunting camp with his friends, watching his grandchildren participate in organized sports plus being a longtime fan of Mark Martin driving his NASCAR number 6.
Richard is survived by his wife Catherine (Beattie) Boyer; daughter Jennifer (Jeremy) Mihill, grandchildren Jocelyn and Jarrett Mihill, brothers Robert (Ronna) Boyer of Naples, Fla., and children Michelle Dole, children Rachel and Ryan of Springfield, Missouri and Mark Boyer of Atlanta, Georgia, older brother Clark Boyer of Averill Park and children Kathleen (Jeffery) Adams of Nevada City, California and David Boyer of Bend, Oregon.
Richard was predeceased by his parents Fletcher T. and Ruth A. (Alger) Boyer, who would have celebrated their 100th birthdays in 2017.
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 14 with a Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at the M. B. Clark Inc. Funeral Home in Lake Placid. Cremation will follow. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 17 at St. Eustace Episcopal Church in Lake Placid with the Rev. David Ousley officiating.
The family suggests in lieu of flowers donations be made to Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 569, Lake Placid, NY 12946 or Volunteer Firemen’s home of State of New York, 125 Harry Howard Ave., Hudson, NY 12534.
Relatives and friends are invited to share a memory, order flowers, upload a photo or leave condolences at www.mbclarkfuneralhome.com.