ASHLAND – Alton F. Boyce, 73, died unexpectedly Sept. 20, 2010, at a Presque Isle hospital. He was born Jan. 5, 1937, the oldest son of Mack and Edna (Brasslett) Boyce. He attended Frenchville and Ashland schools until the eighth grade when he left school to help his father in the woods and to help raise the family. He took pride when he received his GED at age 56. He was very proud of his French heritage and loved speaking it with anyone who could. He loved racing cars in his earlier years in the south. Later, he sponsored young racers, some who are still running today. He ran large furniture and appliance stores in Connecticut. He had a very successful transmission shop in the Burlington, Vt., area and was known for his ability to troubleshoot problems through the phone. He eventually returned to his beloved Ashland where he and his wife ran Hilltop Market, Frenchville, for more than five years. There he reconnected with family and old friends he hadn’t seen in many years. He will be remembered for his hard working ethics. He loved to reminisce with both old and young with a memory so sharp that he took many back to the “good old days” as he jogged their memories too. Everyone cherished his tales, as their “old storyteller” would remind them of so many different times. He is survived by his best friend and wife, Candace A. (St. George) Boyce of Ashland; two sons, Thomas “TJ” of Irving, Calif., and Kevin of Vergennes, Vt.; two daughters, Gina of Crown Point, N.Y., and Debby of Bangor; two sisters, Annice Boyles and friend, Richard Dubay, of Ashland, and Glenice St. Peter and husband, Maurice, of Naples; three brothers, Elden and wife, Bea, of Bridgton, Vernon and wife, Enola, of Presque Isle, and Merlin and wife, Sue, of Olive Branch, Miss.; many cousins, nieces, nephews and grandchildren, and many, many friends. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Eunice Cloukey; and a brother, Galen. In the immortal words of Alton Francis Boyce, “Alas, he rests.” At Al’s request, there will be a graveside service 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, at Our Lady of the Snows Cemetery, the Frenchville section of Ashland, with the Rev. Lucy Lovley officiating. Friends and family are invited to come share his life and memories. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may contribute in his memory to assist his wife with expenses, in care of Candy A. Boyce, P.O. Box 118, Ashland, ME 04732. Arrangements are a service of Stimson-Ouellette Funeral Home, 114 Exchange St., Ashland. To leave online condolences, please visit www.ouellettefuneralhome.com.