GLOUCESTER — Charles V. "Buddy" Boyson, 90, formerly of Beverly, husband of the late Alice (Theriault) Boyson, died Thursday, July 15, 2010 at his home, surrounded by his family, following a long illness.
Born in Beverly, son of the late Alexander V and Sarah W. (Smith) Boyson, he grew up in Goat Hill, attended St. Mary's School and graduated from Beverly High School.
In August of 1942, Buddy joined the United States Navy as an Apprentice Seaman. During his service in the Navy he was awarded an Operation and Engagement Star for his service on the U.S.S. Alaska, while participating in Raids on enemy ships off the coast of Bodo, Norway, while on that ship he also earned the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, and Operation Star for Iwo Jima, and crossed the 180th Meridian with permission of the Golden Dragon, and authorized to wear the Asiatic-Pacific Area Service Ribbon. Buddy was also stationed aboard the U.S.S. Tuscaloosa where is was entitled to wear the American Area Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, also the Northwest Africa Clasp and the Bronze Star for Algeria-Morocco Occupation on European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal. Buddy also crossed the Arctic Circle.
After being honorably discharged from duty on Nov. 8. 1945, he joined the Merchant Marines and traveled the world including a trip to Vietnam to deliver cargo. Buddy retired from the Merchant Marines after 20 years of service. He was a member of the VFW Post in Salem, Ward 2 Social Club, worked for the Salem Power Plant. Buddy was an avid fisherman and clammer, and loved being around the water.
He is survived by his daughter, Carol Bedard and her husband Peter with whom he resided of Gloucester; his son, John Tkachuk and his wife Rose of Lakeland, Fla.; his grandchildren, Edward Richards and his wife Cheryl of Salem, Christine St. Germaine and her husband Steve of Haverhill, Cynthia Eleftheriou of Derry, N.H., Alyse Bedard of Gloucester, Amy Brackman and her husband Greg of Swampscott and Amy Nesvecil of Lakeland; many great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Elizabeth Cann.
ARRANGEMENTS: At the request of the family, the funeral service will be held privately. Visiting hours will be at the Campbell-Lee, Moody Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot St., Beverly (North Beverly location), Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. to which relatives and friends are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Buddy's name to VNA Care Hospice Network, 8 Angle St., Gloucester, MA 01930. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.