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View a eulogy for John Hamilton Boyd, USMA '66, who passed away on February 13, 2012.

John Hamilton Boyd

West Point, 1966

Be Thou At Peace

Posted by Kathleen Boyd on February 16, 2014:

It has been 2 years now and I think I can finally do this...

John was a gift. I had been widowed for about 10 years when I met him. I didn't think I'd ever have anyone in my life again. He appeared and changed my world.

He was truly a decent and kind person with a firmly intact set of values that had been refined by his years at West Point. His loyalty and love encompassed me, his children, his grandchildren, West Point and his country. The order changed as needed. His children and grandchildren came to include mine.

We had only a short time together, but it was full! We shared many happy hours and many roads. We did not wait to do things we had always thought about. The fun, the thrills, the happiness we shared were what got us through his last months.

As a cancer survivor I just never imagined it would be John to go first. He did not deserve the awful, painful death he had. But, he handled it with dignity and grace. His final look of painless peace is a balm for the ache I feel without him.

Rest in peace, John.

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