Mervyn Boston

Born: Sun., Jun. 27, 1943
Died: Tue., Apr. 28, 2020

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The family of Mervyn Haigh Boston announces, with deep sorrow, his passing on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Mervyn was born in Plaisance, Guyana, South America, on June 27, 1943, the fourth of five children born to Bertram and Christabel Boston. He was predeceased by his parents, his siblings Derrick Boston, Penelope Boston, Joy Grant, and Jem Mason, and Mercutio, his puppy. Mervyn attended Tutorial High School in Guyana and subsequently taught at Windsor Forest, West Coast Demarara and Plaisance Preparatory Schools. In 1967, he moved to Toronto, Ontario, Canada where he briefly attended The University of Toronto, majoring in Computer Technology.  He worked as a Research Assistant in the government laboratory, testing soil sample contaminants, rocks and minerals. Over the next decade, he transitioned away from the laboratory and developed an affinity for real estate.

He moved to Rochester, New York in 1983, and brought his enthusiasm for real estate developed in Toronto. He earned Real Estate Agent and Broker licenses and started Boston Properties, under the auspices of which he diligently worked to renovate homes in the city, and often generously donated his services free of charge to those clients who could not afford it. He was a versatile entrepreneur and seasoned investor.

In 2012, Mervyn moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Even within the last years of his life, he worked to obtain his Real Estate Agent license in Pittsburgh, successfully completing the coursework prior to falling ill and having long, recurring hospitalizations. Even while in the hospital following an emergent right leg amputation, he requested that his books be brought so he could study for the State Examination. Additionally, he decided he would write a children’s bible and do the illustrations himself, as he loved to draw.

Mervyn was a skillful driver, knowledgeable cook, an epicurean, really, and a lifelong student of religious studies. He was passionate in life, and generously shared that passion with the younger generation, whom he groomed for success. He was a self-styled “master” in chess, and taught anyone who would sit down to learn the life skills he equated with a good chess game. The younger generation described him as a problem solver, an expert storyteller, a funny, engaging and enthusiastic character, generous in spirit, and a creative entrepreneur.

He is remembered by many as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great- grandfather, uncle, friend, and counselor.  He will be sorely missed by his wife, Dr. Orlean Thompson (NY), and their children, Jonquil Michael (Ian) (PA), and Joshua Boston (PA), and his children, Charwyn Boston (ON), Guy Boston (Karie) (FL), Gaye Boston (Tim) (ON), Renagi Boston (ON); his grandchildren Annastasia Boston (ON), Fuschia Boston (ON), Guy Boston Jr. (FL), Kamysha Boston (FL), Zyrah Boston (FL), Marquos Boston (ON), JaHmylla Boston (ON), Malcolm Boston (ON), Michael Boston (ON), Truth Boston (ON), JèNai Boston (ON), Max Michael (PA) and Wes Michael (PA); his nieces and nephews, Derrick Boston Jr. (CA), Dr. Nicholas Boston (NY), Dr. Umar Boston (TN), Tomo Boston (Australia), Dana-Te Boston (Australia), Sarah-Penelope Grant (CA), Samantha Grant (CA), Gary Thompson (NY), and Sean Thompson (GA); his brother-in-law, John Keith Lloyd Mason (ON); his sisters-in-law Desiree Thompson (NY) and Angela Thompson (PA), and his cousins, Lennox Dowridge (NY), Annette Younge (FL), Gem Cameron (NY), Denver Dowridge (CA), Sundar Ramdial (NY), Nikki Cameron (FL), Tia Adams (NY), Deborah Telford (England), Barbara Telford (England), Allison Kowlessar (FL), Karen Kowlessar (VA), Grace King (NY), Wayne King (NY), Ingrid deRushe (Holland), Carl Scholl (Curacao), Marlene Scholl (Holland), Carol Scholl Lewis (TX), Marva Cummings (CT), Andrew Boyce (England), Michael Boyce (England), and Graham Boyce (ON).

The family would like to thank the aides, nurses, rehabilitation staff, social workers, staff and medical group at Transitions Healthcare of North Huntingdon, those at DCi Dialysis Clinic in Hempfield, and UPMC providers, social workers, and staff for assisting in his care. Funeral services for Mervyn will be private with his family at the Hart Funeral Home Inc., Murrysville, Pa.  Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery, Export, Pa.

If desired, memorials may be made in his honor to The National Kidney Foundation.

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