Com­mu­nity cel­e­brates John Boyn­ton

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Stanstead Town­ship Thank You John!

John was born in Ge­orgeville in 1922 a de­scen­dant of Capt. John Boyn­ton, who came from New Hamp­shire and set­tled in Wind­sor in 1805. John grew up and still lives in one of Ge­orgeville’s old­est houses.

Af­ter school­ing in Ge­orgeville, John served over­seas with the RCAF dur­ing the Sec­ond World War as a radar tech­ni­cian. Af­ter the war, he grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of New Brunswick and went on to a forestry ca­reer in N.B.

In 1979 he re­turned to Ge­orgeville, and has been in­ti­mately in­volved in the life of the com­mu­nity ever since – as a long-time sec­re­tary of the Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion of Ge­orgeville, a found­ing di­rec­tor of the Ge­orgeville His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, a stal­wart of GNS and served as its Pres­i­dent for a num­ber of years.

Sec­re­tary of the McPher­son and Vil­lage Ceme­tery As­so­ci­a­tions, con­duc­tor of na­ture walks, his­tory walks and ceme­tery tours, it is un­der­stand­able that John’s re­search into Ge­orgeville’s his­tory be­gan with trawl­ing through no­tar­ial deeds and old is­sues of the Stanstead Jour­nal to put to­gether the story of his fam­ily and Ge­orgeville’s churches. In John’s case count­less hours spent in the Reg­istry Of­fice in Stanstead and scour­ing the Jour­nalled to the pub­li­ca­tion, be­tween 1987 and 1995, of five vol­umes of a se­ries ti­tled Heart of a Vil­lage. These de­tail the his­tory of many of Ge­orgeville’s older houses, mostly writ­ten by him.

In his 90th year he is still ac­tive in both GNS and the Ge­orgeville His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, pro­vid­ing na­ture-themed cen­tre­pieces for the an­nual Bar­bara Clift Ski Day din­ner of GNS, and de­sign­ing orig­i­nal and eye­catch­ing floats for GHS for the Ge­orgeville Canada Day Pa­rade

His house is a reg­u­lar port of call for in­nu­mer­able vis­i­tors in search of in­for­ma­tion about their an­ces­tors in the area.

Long­time Ge­orgeville res­i­dent, John Boyn­ton, was hon­oured dur­ing a Wine and Cheese for vol­un­teers of the com­mu­nity on May 18th.

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