Obituary: Mr R. A. Boyce

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Mr Reginald Arthur Boyce, of Bottesford, has died at home. He was 91.

He was born on July 6, 1922 at Wood Walton, Huntingdonshire and he attended Huntingdon Grammar School.

On leaving school he commenced training as an electrician. At the age of 18 he was called up and was posted to Norwich Castle, where he joined the Royal Norfolk Regiment.

He later served as a paratrooper in North Africa, Sicily, Italy and Yogoslavia. He was awarded the 1939-45 Star, the Africa Star, the Italy Star, the 1939-45 War Medal and also the Peace Medal. After the Second World War he left the Army.

He met Eileen and they were later married.

Mr Boyce joined the Leicestershire and Rutland Constabulary and for over 31 years he moved around the constabulary boundaries, finishing his service in Bottesford, where he and Eileen settled and made their home. They had five children, Dean, Stephanie, Lesley, Shane and Ashley, later followed by eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

During his time in Bottesford, Mr Boyce was involved in various local associations and groups. He was chairman of Bottesford Parish Council; a member of the PCC of St Mary’s Church and churchwarden for 24 years; and a trustee of the Earl of Rutland and Fleming Trust.

Mr Boyce was a member of the Conservative Association and after retirement he was elected deputy mayor of Melton Mowbray and chairman of the Melton Mowbray branch of Parish Council Associates. He was also a member of the Deanery Synod. He was awarded the British Empire Medal during his early retirement and continued to lead a full and active life in the Bottesford community.

Mr Boyce was a lifelong supporter of Leicester City Football Club.

The Rev Dr Mark Smith and Judith Wells conducted the funeral service at St Mary’s Church, Bottesford. Burial followed in the churchyard.

Family mourners included: Eileen Boyce, Hazel and Dennis Boyce, Lesley and David Bentley, Stephanie and Emma Harpham, Russell, Cathy, Olivia, Isabelle and Alexander Harpham, Dean, Narima and Dexter Boyce and Emma Sullivan, Shane and Trevor Hallam, Leigh, Donya and Catherine Donger, Kerrie and Antony Longdon, Ashley, Sadie, Molly and Maggie Boyce, Charles and June Shred, David, Jackie, Victoria, Gareth and Samuel Yeomans, Robert, Diane, Amy and Ruth Shred, Elizabeth Shred, Myrle Allen, Jayne, Darren, Hannah and Daniel Sharman, Richard, Justine, Edward, Samuel and Felicity Allen, Barbara and Bev Creed, Stephen and Leonie Greenwell, Shaun Greenwell, Stepheny and Keith Neal, Brian and Nellie Bentley, David and Joan Newman, Geoff and Richard Donger, Rod Harpham, Gill and Nick Smith, Judith Wells and Marion Roberts.

Other mourners included: R. and F. Pritchett, Alan Morris, Derek White, Julie Jones, W. Dyer, Marion Cole, Frances Stapleton, Philippa Stubbs, Pippa Ryan, Irene Hotchin, Pauline Tapperell, Tonya Pacey, Ernie Abraham (Bottesford Church Choir), Mary and Malcolm Owen, John Stapleton, Nora Parkin, Peter and Peggy Topps (Bottesford Local History Society), John Topps, John and Jean Hammond, Laura Marsh, Glenda Gibson, Liz Mills, Christine and Mike Saunders, Barbara Taylor, Donald and Sylvia Smart, Jean and Arthur Gamble, Kay Carne, Bob and Carol Hulse, John Harris, Robert Thorpe, Kev Collier, Mr and Mrs A. Vose (PC Melton), Don Clements (NARPO, Rutland), Kathleen Panter, Charles Smith, Edna Taylor, Beryl Martin, Mrs B. M. Fentem, Pru Chandler (Rutland and Melton Conservatives), Barbara B. Hart, David Taylor, Martin Irvine, Derek and Sheila Collett, Richard Robinson, Ian Norris, Gerald and June Pedge, Gwyneth Tivey (Muston Church), Frieda Woll, Neil Fortey (Bottesford Local History Society), Helen McElroy, Shelley Wilson, Ivey McElroy, Peter and Diane Reed, Valerie Marriott, J. B. Reed, Mary Faircloth, Roy Banbury, John Mousley, Mr and Mrs B. Bentley, Fay Matthews, Shaun Greenwell, Leahnie Bennett, Elaine Holmes, Pam Baguley, (Bill), Jill, Nick, Paul, Martin, Mr and Mrs R. Bowery, and Alison Wakefield.

Funeral arrangements were by William Roberts and Sons, Devon Lane, Bottesford.

Donations were received for St Mary’s Church, Bottesford.