Ed Boyer, Veteran Yamaha Regional Manager, Passes Away

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Defined by his exceptional music talent, his memorable laugh and extraordinary generosity, Ed dedicated much of his professional life to building an enviable, 37-year career working for Yamaha

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“Ed was always a consummate professional who drove those of us who worked with him to be better. The loss is immeasurable, but we are grateful for all the memories we have of Ed,” said Garth Gilman, corporate vice president, Yamaha Corporation of America.

Edward James Boyer (Ed), a highly respected music products manager, passed away on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at his home in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He was 63.

Defined by his exceptional music talent, his memorable laugh and extraordinary generosity towards family, friends and business colleagues, Ed dedicated much of his professional life to building an enviable, 37-year career working for Yamaha, the world’s largest musical instrument manufacturer.

Born June 19, 1956, in Reading, Pennsylvania, Ed was the son of Edward James Boyer and Shirley Boyer, and the husband of 36 years to Kathleen Hassinger Boyer.

Ed attended West Chester University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Music Education. Upon graduation from college, he worked at Zapf’s music store in Philadelphia and, in 1983, was invited to join Yamaha as a district manager for the company’s then Band and Orchestral division.

For the past 20 years, he served as a Regional Sales Manager, and was consistently recognized by Yamaha for his significant contributions to his sales team, having been inducted into the company’s President’s Club in 2016 and 2019.

Over the span of his nearly four-decade career with Yamaha, Ed developed long-lasting partnerships with dealers while working with them to cultivate relationships with area school directors. “We take great pride in the dealers that we have,” Ed reflected in a NAMM Oral History video interview conducted in 2010. “It’s really important to us to have that relationship, and we value it.” To watch this video, please visit https://www.namm.org/library/oral-history/ed-boyer

“We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of Ed, and our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends, including the many people he worked with here at Yamaha,” said Garth Gilman, corporate vice president, Yamaha Corporation of America. “Ed was always a consummate professional who drove those of us who worked with him to be better. The loss is immeasurable, but we are grateful for all the memories we have of Ed.”

When he was off the road, Ed enjoyed playing the drums, and spending time with his family at the beach in Ocean City, Maryland.

In addition to his wife and parents, Ed is survived by a son Christopher Boyer, a daughter, Kathleen “Katie” Boyer and her fiancé Steven Clark.

Services and Internment will be private.        

To honor Ed’s memory, donations can be made to: The West Chester University Foundation c/o The West Chester University Foundation, 202 Carter Drive, West Chester PA, 19382. Please mark your donation “Wells School of Music in Memory of Ed Boyer.” For online donations please visit https://go.wcufoundation.org/donate/som-excellence

The Boyer family would like to extend its deepest appreciation to all their friends for their outpouring of love and support.

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About Yamaha
Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) is the largest subsidiary of Yamaha Corporation, Japan and offers a full line of award-winning musical instruments, sound reinforcement, commercial installation and home entertainment products to the U.S. market. Products include: Yamaha acoustic, digital and hybrid pianos, portable keyboards, guitars, acoustic and electronic drums, band and orchestral instruments, marching percussion products, synthesizers, professional digital and analog audio equipment, Steinberg recording products and NEXO commercial audio products, as well as AV receivers, amplifiers, MusicCast wireless multiroom audio systems, Blu-ray/CD players, earphones, headphones, home-theater-in-a-box systems, sound bars and its exclusive line of Digital Sound Projectors. YCA markets innovative, finely crafted technology and entertainment products and musical instruments targeted to the hobbyist, education, worship, music, professional audio installation and consumer markets.

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