Jeffrey Hoyland

Obituary of Jeffrey Scott Cornelius Hoyland

Jeffrey Scott Cornelius Hoyland of Bedford passed away peacefully on Sunday July 19th, 2020 after an eleven-year fight with cancer. The son of a Coast Guard rescue pilot and a teacher, Jeff was born July 1st, 1961 and spent his childhood moving around the country. He graduated from Bedford High School in 1979 where he played football and participated in musicals. He attended the University of Florida and Northeastern University, graduating with a degree in small business entrepreneurship. In 1984, he met Randi Debra (Goldman) Hoyland and they married in 1994, settling in Bedford the same year. Jeff believed in the power of community. He was an active member of the Community Preservation Committee and the Disability Council, a popular speaker at Business Network International, and a regular face at public events in town. Jeff became a flagship member of Bedford’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life, read Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins annually in Davis School, coached intramural soccer and Destination Imagination, and championed the ice cream of Bedford Farms. Between bouts of cancer treatment, Jeff volunteered to walk the dogs of other Bedford citizens bedridden due to illness. His attitude and fortitude were indefatigable. When cancer took his throat, he wrote a cookbook for the eating- and swallowing-impaired, 100 Meals Pureed, releasing it for free on his blog and Facebook page. He started Team Good Morning to share little acts of kindness. When cancer took his voice, he turned to photography, starting the Bedford Snapshots Facebook page to showcase the “best little town” in America. Jeff was a perennial attendant at every sports game and performance he could make it to. His pictures frequently were featured in the Bedford Citizen and Bedford Minuteman and always onto his Facebook page. His photography focused on students trying their hardest, celebrating effort and attitude. He wanted every child to be seen and to be recognized for their accomplishments, especially if their family was unable to make it to the event. For his selfless dedication to his community, Jeff was lauded by the Bedford Chamber of Commerce, was named Citizen of the Year for 2019, and was celebrated by the people of Bedford at-large, who gifted him an expensive zoom lens for his camera for his communitarian efforts. Out of all the towns that Jeff had lived in, he chose Bedford to be his home, and gave so much to make our community stronger. He is survived by his wife Randi, his son Alec, and his daughter Sienna; his parents Peggy and Bernie; his siblings, Karen, Michelle, Aimee, Mike, Rob, and Rich; and predeceased by his brother Alan. He will be remembered by the bonds of friendship and community that he fostered in the “best little town” in America. The Hoyland family is establishing a “Dollars for Scholars” memorial scholarship fund to be awarded annually to Bedford High School students of disadvantaged backgrounds who exemplify Jeff’s ideals. To donate to this fund: please write checks payable to CSF of Bedford, PO Box 585, Bedford, MA 01730 with "Jeff Hoyland Scholarship" on the memo line. Online donations can also be made through the CSF website: http://www.bedfordma.dollarsforscholars.org by clicking “Donate Now” and indicating "Jeff Hoyland Scholarship" in the "Tribute or Memorial" field.
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