Kenneth Angus Boyd, 95, One of Founders of Bradford Ski Tow

Kenneth Angus Boyd, 95, of Hampton, N.H., formerly of Haverhill, and Irving, Texas, passed away in his sleep Thursday, April 16, surrounded by his loved ones at the Epsom Health Care Center in Epsom, N.H.

He was on hospice care through the VNA and Veterans services. Boyd was born December 5, 1919 in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada. He was raised in Haverhill, by his mother Lima V. Boyd. He graduated in the Class of 1937 from Haverhill High School and went on to work for the telephone company until World War II broke out. He served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a lead pilot for the 491st Bombardment Group, second Air Division of the “Mighty 8th” Air Force in WWII. Stationed in England, Boyd piloted a B-24 Liberator Bomber, surviving 35 missions over Germany in 1944 and 1945.

He returned home and married his lovely bride, Jean Pearsall whom he had met when stationed at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virg. They were married in 1945 and remained together until her passing in 1994. He was an entrepreneur. He bought one of the first Dairy Queen Ice-Cream shops with food attached in the early 1950s. He along with Hugh Pearson started the Bradford Ski Tow around the same time, owned and operated a Kitchen Cabinet Business in Dallas, Texas, and owned and operated Ye Colonial Inn and Restaurant in Hampton Beach until his retirement in 1985 after 20+ years in the hospitality business. After retirement Boyd enjoyed traveling in his motor home to Nova Scotia each year back to his roots and then to Florida where he had many friends. At the age of 90, his granddaughter, Heather and her son, Logan traveled to Nova Scotia with Boyd driving all the way there and back.

He is survived by his sister, June Boyd Walsh of Haverhill, and Rye, N.H.; sons Cameron P. Boyd and wife Judy of Derry. N.H.. and Gregory Angus Boyd who lived and cared for him in Hampton, N.H.;  four grandchildren, Keith Boyd and wife Sarah of Covington, WA, Kevin Boyd of Poughkeepsie, N.Y, Heather Boyd of Rochester, N.H., and Bradley Boyd of Haverhill; three great grandchildren, Logan Boyd, Kenny and Gracie Boyd; niece, Debra Walsh Crapo and her family of Rye, N.H.; and nephews Tyler and Erik Walsh. He also leaves a large extended family and friends in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. He was pre-deceased by his wife, Jean P. Boyd, his mother, Lima V. Boyd, and father, Dougald Boyd, and his nephews Boyd and Bruce Walsh.

The family requests family flowers only. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his calling hours Wednesday, April 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 106 Summer St., Haverhill. In lieu of flowers contributions in Kenneth Boyd’s name may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, 150 Cambridge Park Dr., Suite 202, Cambridge, MA 02140, or Community Caregivers of Greater Derry, 18 Common Dr. #10, Londonderry, NH, 03053, or a veteran’s charity of the donor’s choice.