I am very sad today to write that our Big_Red passed away recently. I loved following his threads about growing his veggies and canning them...canning alot. He loved it. Here is a post from September 15, 2007...I think he definitely showed many of us up.
[quote]"got my canning done for the season, gardens all wrapped up except for a few tomato plants for fresh tomatoes. Here's my final list.
I've also frozen several quart packages of broccoli and several quart packages of cut-up peppers. Going over to a local apple farm next week and buy a couple bushels of apples to freeze, then I'm done!
Big_Red, we will miss you and your posts. You inspired a lot of us to get off our tails and do more canning and freezing and enjoying the good earth that God gave us. We know you'll be planting a beautiful garden in Heaven. We'll see you when we get there...Until then, my friend...
Many prayers going out to his very large family as you can read below.
A note from his son: [quote]I am contacting you to report that my father AKA Big_Red of Bethelridge, KY (Zone 6A) will no longer be able to participate in your forum. My dad passed away on Feb 27, 2008.
My father loved all aspects of gardening; especially learning new ideas or techniques and sharing his experiences. It is clear to me after browsing some of the blogs and contributions that my father had made to the Dave's Garden forum that he was an active member of a very large gardening community. Thankyou for providing such a great place for individuals like my dad to share his experiences with others.
Published in the Commonwealth Journal (Somerset, KY) from 2/29/2008 - 3/2/2008:
[quote]Horace “Red” Boynton Jr., 69, of Bethelridge, Ky., died on Feb. 27, 2008, due to sudden illness. Red, as all his friends and family knew him, was born in New Hampton, N.H., on Oct. 1, 1938, and was pre-deceased by his mother, Virene Gilpatric; father, Horace Boynton Sr.; brothers, Raymond Boynton and Bernard Gilpatric; and his sister, Clara Fewtrell.Red is survived by his wife of 27 years, Denise LaCoste Boynton of Bethelridge; his sons, Russell Boynton of Gilmanton, N.H., Raymond Boynton of Raleigh, N.C., and Robert Boynton of Northfield, N.H.; his daughter, Mary Wright of New Hampton, N.H.; his stepson Daniel Beaupre of Belmont, N.H.; and his stepdaughters, Simone Roy of Chichester, N.H., and April Miller of Science Hill, Ky.; 15 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.Red is also survived by his brothers, Wesley Gilpatric of Tilton, N.H., and Keith Gilpatric of Somerset, Ky.; his sisters, Beverly Zulueta of Eubank, Ky., and Kathleen Kelley of Hill, N.H.; stepmother, Aida McDonald of New Hampton, N.H.; a brother, Robert Boynton of Sanbornton, N.H.; and sisters, Barbar Skeets of Briston, N.H., Ruth Clay of New Hampton, N.H., Vera Thuber of Hill, N.H., Priscilla Miller of Alexandria, N.H., and Becky Heath of Warren, N.H.Red worked many years at J.P. Stevens in Tilton, N.H., after which he worked for 5 to 6 years as a lead carpenter for Locke Waterville Estates in Campton, N.H. His crew, which at the time included his brother, Wesley, built a large number of beautiful estate homes. Red was a master of masonry and created a large number of field stone and brick fireplaces, created with such care and attention to detail that many were like pieces of art. Later Red began work with Community Action Program (CAP) and ultimately retired from CAP after working with the program for over 25 years. He retired as an assistant director. Red retired to Bethelridge, Ky., five years ago. While in Kentucky, Red continued to pursue his interest and love of organic gardening. Red was an avid and highly successful hunter and fisherman who enjoyed spending time with his friends and family on numerous outdoor expeditions. More recently, Red renewed his interests in music and the guitar, and has made several new friendships as a result of his activities in the “Pickin’ and Grinning” music group in Science Hill, Ky.A memorial service will be held today, Feb. 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Old Pisgah Historical Schoolhouse in Somerset, Ky. The school can be located from Rte. 27 South by making a right onto the 914 Bypass and then taking the next left turn into the compound.In lieu of flowers, a charitable donation may be made to Hospice in Red’s name. Hospice of Lake Cumberland, 100 Parkway Drive. Somerset, Ky., 42503.[/quote]
Kathy, I did not realize he was sick and or had died. This saddens me greatly! I recently sent him some seed and he had two very special tomatoes he shared with me this winter.
I will remember him when I germinate these very special varieties and make a special effort to tag them as coming from him!
He will certainly be remembered!
I too was so very surprised to see that Red had passed away. It wasn't more than a few weeks ago that he sent me seeds for Indiana Red and Linnie's Oxheart when he sent me his SASE for a recent seed offer I made elsewhere. And he requested the full number of varieties (5) so it was only about a month ago that he was planning to garden this summer.
RIP Red, and look down and see how we're doing with your tomato seeds. ( smile)
I was very shocked and sad to hear this news. Red helped me a lot back when I was trying to learn to grow tomato plants from seed. He was very patient and also very generous sharing his seeds and knowledge with me.
I posted this elsewhere, but this is one of my most loved pictures, Red, me, JustmeLisa and Horseshoe over on Lake Barkley one October at a DG Roundup.
Red loved the earth and all living things. He took pure delight in something as simple as a fresh picked tomato, and loved preserving his harvest to share with others. He shared his harvest, his seeds and his knowledge.
He leaves a loving legacy of growing things... Dave's Garden among them.
He and i had great canning talks. I learned alot from him. He had a great sense of humor.
RIP Big_Red. when the stars are extra bright shining over our gardens . We shall look up and you shall be our brightest star.The one that looks like a tomato. :)
Blessings to his family
Seeing that pic of Red and us at the RoundUp only seems like such a short time ago. What a big loss to have him move on at such an early age. It doesn't seem fair he only got to enjoy his retirement for such a little while.
I think I'll be growing out his Uncle Walt's cranberry beans this year, just to have a bit of Big Red in my garden.
I would very much like to read the note which he included in with his seeds. I cannot even begin to describe to all the DGers that have written tributes to my Dad how great it is to see that he shared his seeds, knowledge and love of gardening and canning with so many people from all over the US. It is a great comfort knowing that his seeds will be carried forward and handed out to new generations of gardeners. I know that Dad has seeds still available, and once everything is settled, I can try and see if I can acquire them so that I may offer them to other members of this community.
Thank you again to all for the blessings and great wishes for our family and for our Dad. It is really truly great to see this here.
Good heavens - you gave me quite a start when I saw your posting!!!
I am not putting my hands on the note I am looking for, but I will forward a copy when I find it. I am also searching through my e-mails to find a very sweet note your Dad sent to me. It was very early on in my gardening experience. I had just grown my very first tomatoes from seeds and I was raving about some mudane hybrid and someone poo-pooed the hybrids. Your Dad sent me a personal note telling me that whatever tomato a person likes is a good tomato. A few days later I went to the mailbox and was so surprised to see an envelope from him. I was delighted to find seeds for several heirloom varieites - seeds, descriptions, a picture of each varieity, and even histories on a few of them! I was so astounded by his unsolicited generosity. I'm afraid he was instrumental in leading me down the path of obsessive compulsive gardening and seed collecting - an afliction affectionately known as "OSeedD"!
Thank you for taking the time to send us a note. I know I speak for all of us when I say that really means alot! Nice to know that Big_Red grew some terrific sons as well!
I'm deeply saddened by the news of Red's death. He was a member of DG from almost the very beginning and was one of the people who inspired me to get into heirloom vegetables. Many of the varieties that I still grow today came from him. He was so generous with his time, knowledge and seeds, constantly offering seeds to people and asking nothing in return. We have lost a very valuable friend.
Red used to tell me that we needed to retire to Kentucky, out of the cold. I told him that was somthing to think about when we're old. I didn't get to meet him in person, but felt like I knew him. He is missed.
I grew Linnie's Oxheart and Indiana Red last year and am doing a repeat this season. Some of us received Big Red Pepper Seed to grow and honor him. this year. I tried germinating them but they didn't survive,
Yes, We all feel the sadness and loss. Our gardening sites are basically extended family and community and when something happens to one of us we all are affected. He was our friend, our confident, our inspiration and he gave encouragement when needed. Indeed, he was our friend and we shall miss him each season of our lives!
Every blade of grass, each leaf, each separate floret and petal, is an inscription of hope ...
Richard Jefferies -- June 1883