Perley “Tuffy” J. Boyea Jr. 84 a lifetime resident of Keene, NH. died on November 8, 2020, at the New England Home for the Deaf in Danvers, MA. He passed peacefully while sleeping after a period of declining health.
Perley was born the son of the late Perley J. and Katherine (Holbrook) Boyea Sr. on September 8, 1936, in Swanzey. At the age of 5, he began his schooling at the Austine School for the Deaf in Brattleboro VT. though grade 8. He returned to complete his education and graduated from Keene High School class of 1956.
On November 22, 1969, he exchanged vows with Doreen A. Desrosier at St. Margaret Mary’s Church in Keene. They were married with family and friends in attendance and have been married for almost fifty-one years.
Tuffy was employed by MPB of Keene as a machinist for forty-two years before his retirement in 1998.
He had many interests in life. Tuffy was a wonderful husband, brother, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed watching and playing sports, as a youth he was an accomplished ski jumper at Harris Hill in Brattleboro VT. Tuffy enjoyed bowling and he enjoyed watching ALL sports on T.V. He enjoyed giving freely of his time to the Loyal Order of Moose in Keene where he was a long-time member.
Mr. Boyea is survived by his wife, Doreen A. Boyea of Danvers, MA, his daughter, Christine Greenwood-Smart, and her husband, Jason of Surry. A sister, Elizabeth Beliveau, and her husband, Bruce of Keene. Two grandsons; Derek J. Greenwood and his fiancée Cassidy Knox-Cook, also great-grandson Wyatt R. Greenwood of Westmoreland and Dylan P. Greenwood and his fiancée, Taylor Allain of Keene. A sister-in-law, Irene Boyea of Keene. Tuffy is pre-deceased by his parents and his brother and best friend John “Jack” Boyea.
The family is at peace knowing that Tuffy is finally able to hear the birds sing, the leaves rustle on the trees, the waves crashing upon the shores and most of all finally hear the voices of all who love him after 84 years of silence.
In keeping with family wishes, there are no calling hours. A graveside service will be held later. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Perley J. Boyea Jr. to:
C/O New England Home for the Deaf
154 Water St. Danvers, MA. 01923.
All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com