Donald Freedom Boynton, 78, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 26th at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital.
Born in Skowhegan, Maine, son of the late Robert and Doris (Nightingale) Boynton; survived by his sons Wade Boynton, Lance Boynton and his wife Heather (Sulkowski), daughter Jessica (Boynton) Rainville and her husband Scott Rainville, grandchildren Evelette and Logan Rainville, his siblings and extended family. Donald was affectionately known as everyone’s favorite Uncle.
He served in the U.S. Army in the 4th Battalion, 37th Armor Division at Fort Knox, KY. While with the 37th, he attended and graduated from the United States Army Aviation School at Fort Rucker, AL; where he was part of the first aviation maintenance crew to mount SAM missiles to helicopters. Upon graduation he was assigned to the 8th Army, Special Troops, 301st Communication Reconnaissance Battalion stationed in Korea.
Upon his honorable discharge, he moved to Connecticut and worked for Pratt and Whitney Aircraft. As the Unit Lead, for the Assembly & Test Division in Manufacturing Operations, he received many honors and awards in his 43-year tenure with the company. As the Assembly Floor Lead, he was part of the original team that implemented the “Achieving Competitive Excellence” (ACE) Program that has now become the industry standard.
He was a devoted father always willing to hit ground balls and play catch for hours. He consistently volunteered his time, as a baseball, basketball and softball coach. He also took leadership roles in Cub, Boy and Explorer Scouts. Additionally, Donald and his Ex-Wife Anne-Lee (Martin) Boynton compassionately opened their home to numerous foster children providing love and stability to those in need.
A memorial wake will be held at the Phalen Funeral Home (285 Migeon Ave, Torrington, CT 06790) on Saturday, November 7th from 12-2PM.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his name can be made to: Alzheimer’s and Dementia Association (www.alz.org) or US Department of Veterans Affairs (www.va.gov)
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