While Mr. Ackroyd was highly regarded by the plumbing industry for his knowledge, his greatest achievements were his kind and gentle manner, his devotion to his wife and son and other family members and his generosity towards all with his time, talents and treasures. He did so much for so many people, he was always willing to lend a hand when someone needed help. We should all aspire to be so generous and giving.
Mr. Ackroyd had many hobbies and was very artistic and creative. He loved to garden; friends and neighbors would always kid him about how perfect the privet hedges surrounding his home were kept and how lovely he kept all of his gardens and yard. He also enjoyed woodworking and was a very talented finish carpenter. He loved to cook and was a great baker, he and his wife would make hundreds of cookies at Christmas time for friends and neighbors. Rand’s motto was “Life is short, eat dessert first!“ He was also known for his great love for anything chocolate. The Ackroyds loved to entertain and hosted wonderful cookouts, pool and Christmas parties at their home. Mr. Ackroyd taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and Youth Group for many years and was very involved with activities at his church.
He is survived by his devoted wife, Angie; his son, Cuyler, age 16; his mother, Ethyl, and father, Theodore of Dracut; his sister, Ellen and husband, Robert Greenwood of Methuen; his sister, Cherylle and husband, Walter (Skip) Hird of New Bern, N.C.; his nieces, Bethany, Amanda and Melissa Greenwood of Methuen; sister-in-law, Susan and her husband, George Boudreau of Newburyport; nephews, Patrick and William Boudreau of Newburyport; sisters-in-law, Georgia and Eleni Kacher of Newburyport; mother-in-law, Sonia Kacher of Andover; and father-in-law, William Kacher and his wife, Andrea Jones of Newburyport.
ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 21 at Marsh Corner Community Church in Methuen. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Cuyler W. Ackroyd Educational Fund, C/O Northmark Bank, P.O. Box 825, North Andover, MA 01845.