Leland John Boice died peacefully on September 14, 2018 in Lyons, New York.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday (September 28) at the Boeheim-Pusateri Funeral Home, 77 William Street, Lyons, New York 14489. Lee’s life will be celebrated at a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. on Saturday (September 29) at St. Michael’s Church, 3 Holley Street, Lyons, New York 14489. Burial will follow at the Lyons Rural Cemetery.
Memorials in Lee’s name can be made to St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 43 West Dezeng Street, Clyde, New York 14433; Wayne County Meals on Wheels, “Home Meal Service, Inc.”, 1519 Nye Road, Suite #400, Lyons, New York 14489 or Wayne County Nursing Home Foundation, 1529 Nye Road, Lyons New York 14489.
Lee was born on September 19, 1923 in Kingston, New York to Alvin and Ellen Boice. He was predeceased by his wife Mary, four brothers, and five sisters. On August 17, 1946, Lee married Mary Martha Collins. Lee was devoted to his wife of 71 years and together they raised eight children. Lee’s life was defined by his love for his family and his commitment to service to others. He was a graduate of Kingston (NY) High School and Ithaca College. Lee moved his family to Lyons in 1949 and taught physical education at Lyons Central School for 36 years. During his tenure he coached football, tennis, basketball, baseball, wrestling and his beloved golf. He also was Director of Physical Education and Athletics for 19 years, Secretary-Treasurer of Wayne Finger Lakes Football League, President of Wayne County Athletic Association, and Chairman of Wayne County Golf League. Lee served as Head Golf Professional at both Sodus Bay Heights Golf Club (26 years) and Newark Country Club (8 years). The PGA of America awarded him a Lifetime Membership. He loved teaching golf, and was an accomplished golfer himself. He played an integral part in the expansion of Sodus Bay Heights Golf Club from 9 to 18 holes.
Lee left an impressive legacy of public service. He served in the US Navy during World War IIon the aircraft carrier USS Randolph and received the American Theater Medal, Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal, and Asiatic Pacific Medal (3 stars). Some of his contributions to his community included volunteering for Meals on Wheels, St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, AFS, and Lyons Hall of Fame Committee member. The Chamber of Commerce named him Citizen of the Year in 1979. While living in the Wayne County Nursing Home he taught, from his wheelchair, an exercise class twice a week for the residents.
He is survived by his children John (Sylvia), David (Kathleen), Lewis Jeffrey, Jane Cardullias, Martha (John) Lyons, Rebecca (Dennis) Kaniecki, Alvin (Colleen), Leland (Kendra) and Noriko (Dan)Takaguchi; 19 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren were blessed to know him.