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Richard A. Boice
May 13, 1944 ~ October 16, 2023 (age 79) 79 Years Old
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Richard A. Boice, born in Binghamton, NY, passed away October 16, 2023 at the age of 79 in Woodbridge, VA. He beat the atypical form of Parkinson’s disease that he had by maintaining his wit, charisma, stubbornness, and gentle spirit all the way to the end of his days on Earth. Richard was the son of the late George Boice and Jean Donahue. He is survived by his loving wife Carole A. Boice, who was by his side for 58 years. He is also survived by his only son Randy L. Boice, PE and wife Michelle A. Boice of Manassas, VA, his brother Doug Boice and wife Kitty Boice of Bainbridge, PA, and his grandchildren: Rebecca Sudberry and husband Jakob Sudberry of Woodbridge, VA and Matthew Boice of Stafford, VA.
Richard graduated from Binghamton North High School in 1962 where he met, and eventually married, the love of his life, Carole. Through diligent determination while working and having a young child around, Richard obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from SUNY Brockport in 1976. Richard and Carole enjoyed living for many years in Norwich, NY at their 55-acre home where they raised Randy. They then began a nomadic trek in the early 2000’s through the mid-Atlantic and mid-west regions with stops in Cincinnati, OH, Greensboro and Reidsville, NC, Rockville, MD, and Monroe, NJ. They eventually returned to their roots in Binghamton, NY until March 2023, when they moved to be closer to their children and grandchildren in Lake Ridge, VA.
Richard began his career as a chemist and rose through the ranks to become a Quality Assurance Auditor with Proctor and Gamble. His quality assurance procedures and policies are still in place at Proctor and Gamble as well as the firms where he worked toward the end of his career. He enjoyed volunteering for the American Red Cross in Disaster Relief and Recovery efforts. He also enjoyed volunteering as a counselor for the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) to assist the beginning and growth of small and new businesses. Richard held family in the highest regard and was in “his happy place” whenever family gatherings happened. He was famous for his understated and dry humor and his not so tricky card tricks. He loved gold prospecting and traveled to many areas throughout the United States to find gold and gems in the wild, sometimes taking his grandchildren with him to operate the shovels. He also loved bowling, woodworking, going to auctions to find yet another tool he already had, gardening, doing multi-thousand-piece puzzles, target shooting, and helping anyone who asked him for advice or assistance.
We will be celebrating Richard’s life with family and friends through two memorial services: one in Lake Ridge, VA and the other in Binghamton, NY. The first celebration of life will be on Friday, November 3rd , 2023 at 7:00 pm in the chapel at Westminster at Lake Ridge, 12191 Clipper Drive, Lake Ridge, VA. A fellowship gathering with refreshments will immediately follow this service.
The second celebration of life will be Saturday, November 11th , 2023 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at Thomas J. Shea Funeral Home, 137 Robinson Street, Binghamton, NY.
Please consider memorial contributions in Richard’s name to the American Red Cross.