Obituary of Leif W. Melgaard
Leif W. Melgaard
Loving Husband, Father, and Pop Pop
Leif W. Melgaard, of Boonton and High Bar Harbor, NJ, suddenly passed away on Friday, September 7, 2018, in the place he loved on Long Beach Island.
Born in Randers, Denmark to Erik and Joan Melgaard, Leif came to the United States at the age of 11 along with his two brothers. The family settled in Boonton where they have lived for generations. He graduated from Boonton High School and proudly served in the US Navy as a submariner during the Vietnam War.
Leif met and married the love of his life, Barbara Joyce, in Boonton. They dated throughout his service and wedded while he was still in the Navy.
After the service he went to work in the family businesses, Joyce Molding and Troy Hills Manufacturing. He went on to own Troy Hills Manufacturing working alongside his family. He pretended to retire in 2013.
Time spent with family and friends in Boonton and at the Jersey Shore were some of his favorite memories, as well as projects around the shop, boats, cars, and fixing everyone’s homes.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years “the best years of MY life”, Barbara (Joyce); devoted children: Michael, Brian and his wife, Amy, Jeffrey and his wife, Rachel, his favorite daughter, Mary and her husband, Eric Boomhower; loving brothers, Paul and Jens “Chris”; cherished grandchildren, Benjamin, Caitlin, Grace, Penelope, Jolene, Rainer, Paige, and Fayette.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with the family at the Codey & Mackey Funeral Home, 107 Essex Avenue, Boonton, NJ on Tuesday, Sept. 11th from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel R.C. Church, 910 Birch St., Boonton on Wednesday, Sept. 12th at 10:00 am. The interment is private. To extend condolences or share a memory, please visit codeymackeyfh.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Leif’s memory to the Boonton Kiwanis First Aid Squad would be appreciated.
“Tell everyone, I had a great ride…” - Leif.
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