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Fairport-E.Rochester Post
  • Loved ones gather to say goodbye to 'Mrs. Boyum'

  • She was bright, funny, and could make you feel like the most important person in the room.



    That's how many people will remember Heather Boyum.



    "She was a relationship maker, she was a connector, and she was someone you always looked forward to seeing," said friend Bonnie Venton.

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  • She was bright, funny, and could make you feel like the most important person in the room.
    That's how many people will remember Heather Boyum.
    "She was a relationship maker, she was a connector, and she was someone you always looked forward to seeing," said friend Bonnie Venton.
    Family, friends, students and others who knew her crowded St. John of Rochester Church on Thursday to remember a life cut short by tragedy after just 40 years.
    Raised in Dansville, NY, Boyum attended William Smith College to study pre-med and continue her swimming and diving career. She later earned her teaching degree from the University of Rochester.
    In 1999 she started teaching at Palmyra-Macedon High School. She took a teaching job at Fairport High School in 2002 — the same year she married her husband Eric. Together, they had two children, Frazer, now 7, and Paige, 4.
    A competitive runner and triathlete, Boyum stayed active and encouraged others to do the same. In fact, her energy and determination proved to be an inspiration to those around her.
    "Heather never seemed to sit still," said Venton. "She did more in a day than most of us could do in a week, and she did it all with a smile on her face."
    Childhood friend Robin Ioannidis shared memories of growing up with Boyum by her side.
    Her words to describe Boyum are simple: brave and beautiful.
    "We were always so close," she said, reciting a letter written for Boyum. "I always knew you were in my corner and had my back."
    She was first and foremost devoted to her family. Her students were like her children, and they described her not only as a great teacher, but a close friend.
    Tim Kenny had Boyum as a teacher for two science classes, and remembers the way she patiently helped him and others with difficult lab reports and get ready for upcoming exams.
    After getting off to a poor start in her AP biology class, he recalled the day Boyum sent him a Facebook message to tell him he scored a perfect 5.
    "I think she was more excited than I was," Kenny said.
    Boyum's sense of humor, in and out of the classroom, helped endear her to those around her.
    "She knew exactly what to say," said Kenny. "She really was the whole package."
    In his address to the crowd, Father Peter Clifford described Boyum as someone who was "maddeningly in love with life" in all its aspects. This was true whether she was looking under a microscope, going for a run, or holding her family close.
    "Life was her passion," he said.
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