Curtis E. Boyd


Curtis E. Boyd of Edgartown died on December 18, 2012, at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. He was 81.

Curtis was the son Ralph and Emma (Wood) Boyd. Born in Oak Bluffs, he growing up in Edgartown, where he attended the Edgartown School. Upon graduation from Edgartown High School, he attended Norwich University.

He married Margaret E. Teller on December 29, 1951, prior to joining the Army. He joined the Army in January 1952. He served in Korea with the 7th Recon Co, 7th Inf Division. He was discharged with the rank of Sergeant.

He worked for many years at Edgartown Hardware, where he started a very successful Plumbing and Heating department. He also worked as executive director of the Edgartown Boys’ Club, where his father had also been director. Many remember the dances that were open to all Island teenagers. One of his fondest memories as director was the formation of the Drum and Bugle Corps. He always said this was the one thing the Club could give back to the town and its supporters. He was forever grateful to the American Legion Post 186 for sponsoring this effort.

In 1965 he and Walter Smith joined forces, to become Boyd & Smith Plumbing and Heating. Some years later, the partnership dissolved. Then came Boyd & Sons Plumbing and Heating, with both sons working in the trade along with their father.

Curtis retired from plumbing in 1990. He then worked alongside his wife in the craft business. He said he never worked so hard. He did the woodwork, and she did the painting. They traveled doing shows all over New England, plus New York, New Jersey, and even Maryland.

He leaves his wife, Margaret, and his sons, Richard and Michael. He leaves one daughter, Patricia. All of his children reside on the Vineyard. He leaves grandchildren Heather and Scott Boyd of Oregon, Melissa and Emma Boyd of Edgartown, and Kayla Boyd and Riley Jackson of Florida, and great-grandchildren Zachary Fullin and Kayleigh Boyd, both of Martha’s Vineyard. He also leaves nephews James and Terry Boyd and their families.

Donations may be made in his memory to the Boys and Girls Club, PO Box 654, Edgartown, MA 02539 or Vineyard Nursing Assoc., PO Box 399, or to Hope Health, PO Box 4188, both in Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.