Donald W. Boyce
1/3/1932 - 9/9/2016
Donald W. Boyce, Retired Chief Fire Inspector, City of Malden
and a lifelong resident of Malden passed away at his
daughter’s home, in Malden after a lengthy illness, with his
family at his bedside. He was 84. Don was born in Stoneham, on
January 3, 1932 the son of the late Rendall & Sarah Louise
He was educated in the Malden school system, and left high
school early to help fight with the US Army during the Korean
Conflict. He enlisted in January of 1949 and served his country
with the Army for the next three years. He was discharged
January 11, 1952 as a Private First Class and received the Army
Occupation Medal and the Korean Service Medal with 1 Bronze
On March 15, 1952 he married his sweetheart, Joan A. MacCuish.
The couple settled in Malden and started a family. They added
four loving children to their family: Joan, Donald, Donna, and
Thomas. The couple spent the next 64 years together.
On February 14, 1960 Donald was appointed to the Malden Fire
Department, as a permanent man and was assigned to District 3.
He also served with Districts 1 and 2 and in 1972 was assigned
as aid to the Deputy Chief.
On December 7, 1981, Firefighter Boyce was assigned to the Fire
Prevention Division as Inspector. On July 1, 1988, Inspector
Boyce was designated as Chief Inspector.
He was officially commended for his rescue of a person from a
fire at 83 Pleasant St., Malden on December 2, 1979. He also
received several commendations from the Middlesex County
District Attorney’s office in connection with the fire and arson
Malden Fire Chief Frank Fitzgerald, Assistant Chief for
Personnel Paul R. Hirtle and Malden Fire Commissioner, Edward J.
Casey commended Boyce for his thirty three years, two months and
seventeen days of service to the Malden Fire Department and the
City of Malden.
He enjoyed his vacations and later in his retirement days spent
winters in Orlando & Punta Gorda, FL with his loving wife Joan
and other family and friends. He had a love for golf and would
play often. He enjoyed following Boston sports teams and
spending time with his grandchildren & great-grandchildren. He
worked as a bartender at the Moose for many years.
Donald was the beloved husband of Joan A. (MacCuish) Boyce.
Loving father of Joan Allder and husband Larry of Punta Gorda,
FL, Donald Boyce and wife Linda of Peabody, Donna Freni and
husband Robert of Malden and Thomas Boyce and wife Maureen of
Loving brother of Carolyn Snow and husband George of Reading,
Myrtle Bellemore and husband Al of Salem, NH. Cherished
grandfather of nine grandchildren, including his late
granddaughter Khristina Boyce and six great-grandchildren.
Donald was also survived by many loving nieces & nephews.
Funeral services will be held in the Weir –MacCuish Golden Rule
Funeral Home, 114 Salem St., Malden, on Tues., Sept. 13,
2016 at 10AM, followed by interment in Forest Dale
Cemetery, Malden. Friends and relatives may call at the funeral
home on Monday, September 12, 2016 from 4-8 PM.
In lieu of flowers contributions in Donald’s memory may be made
to the Malden Fire Department Relief Association, C/O Malden
Fire Dept. 1 Sprague St., Malden, MA 02148 or a charity of one’s