Thomas L. BoyesThomas L. Boyes, Sr. of 3618 West Ave, Interlaken, passed away at Cayuga Medical Center on Friday, December 03, 2010, at the age of 89.


Born in Phelps, New York on October 5, 1921, Tom was the son of Leonard and Doris Sutterby Boyes.
Athletics were an important part of Tom’s life, beginning with childhood pick-up games of baseball and football. In high school Tom developed his pitching arm, giving the baseball team a clear edge in many games. Entering the US Army on August 6, 1942, he faithfully served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre and continued his passion for baseball while pitching for an Army team. With the rank of Staff Sergeant, Tom received an Honorable Discharge on January 1, 1946. In the mid-40’s, Tom helped form the NY Empire State Baseball League, where he played on Interlaken’s team. He completed league play in the mid-50’s while pitching for a team in the Ithaca City League. Tom’s enthusiasm for sports was later fueled by the support and encouragement given to his children and grandchildren in their pursuit of athletics. He became a devoted college football fan, rooting strongly for the Ithaca Bombers when his son Jerry played, and later coached there. When Jerry accepted a football coaching position with Buffalo State, Tom eagerly developed a new allegiance to the Bengals, where he shared his “second-to-none” zeal for cheering and tailgating.


In 1979, following a 30-year career with the Seneca Army Depot, Tom continued to devote energy and time to his community. This dedication was evidenced by membership in the Interlaken American Legion Post #462, the Seneca Falls Elks Club, Interlaken Historical Society, Interlaken and South Seneca Sportsman Clubs, former membership and Past Master of the Farmerville-Union Lodge #183 F&AM, and service on the Interlaken School Board. Leisure time was most enjoyed with family, especially when they were a part of a backyard barbeque, hunting or fishing excursion or a round of golf. Many precious memories were also created while travelling with Ginny, his devoted wife and friend for 63 years.


In addition to his wife, Virginia Fowler Boyes, Tom is survived by two sons, Tom Jr of Interlaken and Jerry (Susan) of Buffalo; two daughters, Phyllis (Bill) Georgen of Double Oak, TX and Debby (Dave) Koehler of Ovid; seven grandchildren, Kevin, Eric and Maxwell Koehler, Kaitlyn, Kristopher and Zachary Boyes, and Michael Georgen; three step-grandchildren, Judy Flynn, Bill Georgen and Lynn Marshall; two great-grandchildren, Joey and Deanna Georgen; six step-great-grandchildren, Cassandra, Jerod and Scott Marshall, and Vincent, Tyler and John Flynn; two brothers, William of Scottsdale, AZ and Richard (Shirley) of Interlaken; one sister, Betty Egan of Interlaken and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.


The family will be present to receive friends on Friday, December 10th from 6-8 pm at the Ness-Sibley Funeral Home, 23 South St, Trumansburg.


Services will begin at 1:00 pm on Saturday, December 11th at the Interlaken Reformed Church with the Rev. Dr. John Kotun officiating. A Military Honors Tribute will be performed at the conclusion of the church services. A reception will follow in the church hall.