Obituary: Peter H. Boynton, 1948 - 2023

Nantucket Current •

Peter Hunt Boynton, 75, entered the world on January 30th, 1948, and left it too soon on December 30th, 2023. 

Born and raised in New Jersey, he graduated from Plainfield High School in 1966. While growing up, much time was spent with his family on Harvey Cedars, Long Beach Island, where he was first exposed to coastal living. When the beaches of Harvey Cedars became too crowded, the family discovered Nantucket island, a place where Peter developed a deep connection and would eventually call home. He attended Bucknell University, where he served as co-captain of the football team and belonged to the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, graduating in 1970 with a degree in Business. He developed friendships during his time at Bucknell that he maintained throughout his life.

After graduation, Peter joined Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), a domestic peace corps formed in 1965 to uplift communities out of poverty. Through his time in the program, he gained a deep appreciation for the importance of giving back to the community.

In 1975, Peter moved to Nantucket as a newlywed and aspiring home builder. He established Boynton Builders, a business he successfully ran for 40 years, constructing numerous homes on Nantucket and Tuckernuck until his retirement in 2015. He loved Nantucket and enjoyed many happy times on the island: cheering on his children in sports and teaching them (and anyone else interested) about the island's native wildflowers.

Peter was a devoted member of the First Congregational Church, dedicating significant time to helping the church community both inside and outside its walls. His generosity extended beyond the church, as he volunteered extensively with various organizations over the years. Notably, he contributed to the Tulgeywood Organization, making Nantucket accessible to those with disabilities, and lent his time and building skills with Habitat for Humanity. Peter served as Chairman on the Solid Waste Committee, which played a vital role in establishing the waste management practices (the dump!) that are still in operation on the island today.

Frequently found exploring the island's beaches, Peter loved walking out at low tide and using his feet to feel for clams. He had an appreciation for the beauty found in nature's treasures, whether it was the intricate pattern of a single scallop shell or the unique shape of driftwood. Peter was a collector, a fixer, and occasionally, a grump.

Peter leaves behind his wife, Cynthia P. Boynton of Mashpee, MA; his son, Matthew D. Boynton (Courtney) of Providence, RI; his daughter, Lauren A. Boynton of Mashpee, MA; his granddaughter, Elizabeth “Bizzy” Boynton; his brother John Boynton (Jane) of Salisbury, MA; his brother Andrew Boynton (Jane) of Chestnut Hill, MA and many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was predeceased by his mother, Mildred H. Boynton, and his father, John A. Boynton.

In lieu of flowers, his family would wish for you to find joy in the natural beauty of Nantucket Island or make a donation to a charity of your choice. A celebration of life is planned for June 2024 on Nantucket.

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