Captain Edward D. Boynton


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Gloucester - Captain Edward David Boynton, of the schooner Sugar Babe, and formerly of the Fishing Vessel Sissel B, passed away peacefully on June 7th, 2019. Captain Boynton was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts December 31, 1948. He was the son of Harold and Dorothy Boynton. He graduated Cum Laude from Springfield College in 1970 with a B.Sc. in physiology. Subsequently he served in the United States Army 187th Infantry Brigade. Boynton owned and operated the Fishing Vessel Sissel B for nearly 35 years. While he enjoyed a long career as a fisherman, he also branched out to other areas and ran a side business welding as well as pursued an interest in understanding the biology and food web of estuaries and fisheries. He applied for, amongst oceanographic institutions such as Woods Hole, University of Rhode Island and University of New Hampshire, and was awarded a prestigious academic grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program as a lead investigator for a study "Establishing the Food Web Links Between Estuaries and Nearshore Fisheries in New England" collaborating with Dr. Linda Deegan from the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA.
Following his fishing career, he purchased the schooner Sugar Babe. The "Babe" is a 40' gaff rigged schooner and could be seen sailing throughout the summers, and especially during the annual Schooner Festival in Gloucester, where her bright green hull could be clearly seen from the Gloucester Boulevard.
After an accident in 2007, Ed became paralyzed and wheelchair bound. This accident did not stop him from designing, welding and installing a crane and sling to get him aboard and continue sailing the schooner. After his rehabilitation from the accident, he volunteered regularly for the Greater Boston Chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association at Spaulding Hospital, where he mentored new patients and provided support during their rehabilitation and transition back into the community to live independently. He also created and operated a free-of-charge sailing program on his beloved schooner Sugar Babe for people with disabilities. He often mentioned one of his favorite quotes: "It's not what one goes through that counts, but how one goes through it."
Captain Boynton enjoyed sailing when the weather allowed. He had many other personal hobbies. He enjoyed oil painting, was an avid vegetable gardener and loved building and working in his barn. His paintings depicting various boats were often displayed outside of his home in Gloucester.
He was a father and grandfather and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his two children, Greta Boynton, MD of Glastonbury, CT, married to Mario Bruno, and Lars Boynton of Lye, Norway, as well as his ex-wife, Sissel Hansen of Rennesøy, Norway. His grandchildren include Isabella K. Bruno, Karina S. Bruno, Caleb Boynton, Angelina Kolstad Boynton, Aliana Kolstad Boynton. He is also survived by his siblings, Walter Boynton of Frederick MD, Beverly Boynton of Kelly, WY, Dorothy Rust of Thurmont MD, Peter Boynton of North Andover MA, and Rachel Knowlton of Boxford MA as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He had many fond memories with his siblings and parents as they enjoyed several years of activities at Camp Lawrence in Lake Winnipesaukee.
The family is grateful for all the support the Captain received by his long-time friend, Sherry Francis, as well as many others in the community.

Visiting hours will take place in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester on Thursday, June 13th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Burial service will follow at Ridgewood Cemetery, 177 Salem Street, North Andover, MA at 2:00 p.m.
Memorial donations in memory of Edward may be made to the Greater Boston Chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association, 2 Rehabilitation Way, Woburn, MA 01801. Fair winds and following seas, Captain Boynton.
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Kenya A
Jun 10, 2019
Greta I’m so sorry for you loss my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.