Roy Abbey Boast
Roy Abbey Boast was born in Topeka, KS, on August 8, 1923. As a young boy, he was gifted in tap dancing, performing with a female partner as the opening act at a local theater. Roy became a real-estate appraiser after getting his college degree at Washburn University on the G.I. Bill, having served in the army during World War II. He worked for the Federal Housing Administration and the U.S. Corps of Engineers for over 30 years. Much of his life was spent in Topeka, with his then wife Maxine (McCarter) Boast, and their four children, Sharon Lee (Boast) Wirt, Steven Allan Boast, Jill Luana (Boast) Nelson, and Nancy Catherine Boast (who was his devoted primary caregiver for the last year of his life). He, his wife, and Nancy lived in Wichita and Shawnee Mission, KS, for a short time. Gardening, with stunning peace roses an especial joy, and nature were his lifelong passions. Later, after a divorce, he moved to New Mexico, where he met and married Helen Haring, the love of his life. Helen was a former jazz pianist who performed on the radio in Philadelphia and the mother of two, Debbie Gundel and Jeannie DeCanditis. Living in New Mexico for over 40 years, Roy wrote voluminous letters to the editor about politics, the environment, and the community. He was predeceased by his ex-wife and Helen. He died on June 25, 2017. Surviving him are all of his children, three grandchildren, and his stepdaughter Jeannie.