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William Stanley Ross Boyd passed away peacefully with family by his side, at the West Parry Sound Health Centre, on Friday, September 6th, 2019. Age 78 years.

Beloved husband of Margaret. Loving father of Ruth and her husband Jim Dryden; Sarah and her husband Eric Moreau; and the late Heather. Cherished Papa of Megan and Emily; Sam and Sadie; and Anna, Jacob, and Sophie. Predeceased by his parents Ross and Reta Boyd; and predeceased by Margaret’s parents, Donald and Jeanne Shuh. Dear brother of Louise McDonald (husband the late Keith), and the late Robert Boyd (wife Linda Boyd). Dearly remembered by Margaret’s siblings: Richard Shuh and Linda Woolley; Linda Boyd (husband the late Robert); Karen Couchie; Allan Shuh and Donna Campbell; Larry Shuh and Corinna Ritter-Shuh; and Elizabeth and Brian Feil. Bill will be lovingly remembered by his nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

Since graduating in Arts from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1968 and obtaining a Master of Divinity degree from Emmanuel College in 1971, Bill had a rich and rewarding career in ministry with the United Church of Canada. He served pastoral charges in Morriston/Aberfoyle as a student. After his ordination, he moved to Saskatchewan to serve parishes in Carrot River/Arborfield and at Calvary United Church in Prince Albert. He returned to Ontario in 1985 to St. James United Church in Parry Sound where he served until his retirement from full-time ministry in 2006. His retirement years were enriched by his ministry at Parry Sound Rural Pastoral Charge until January of this year.

Friends will be received at St. James United Church on Friday, September 13th, from 6:30 – 9:00 P.M. Service of Thanksgiving for the Life and Faith of Bill will take place at the Church on Saturday, September 14th at 1:00 P.M. Reception to follow.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to St. James United Church or Seguin Pioneer United Church would be appreciated by the family.


Margaret and family: I was so sorry to hear of Rev. Boyd passing - he was a wonderful man - he helped our family celebrate happy times and helped us through the sad times. He will always be remembered as a kind and generous person. We send our prayers and thoughts to you and your family at this time. Cathy and David Ley

-Cathy Ley (Federico)

R I P Bill. Now Heaven has gained a new angel. I will never forget you when I visited Orrville United Church. You will be missed.

-Joe Culp

Dear MARGIE and family. Jim and I, Paul and Janna and families want to extend our very deepest and sorrowful condolences to all of you on the passing of Bill. As you remember him and his place in your lives, may you glean much comfort from those who care about you all. Very sincerely, Sue and Jim Brushey and family

-Susan and Jim Brushey

We remember Bill well as he came to Seguin Pioneer Church in August when we were at my cottage.
Our thoughts are with Margaret and the family.
Joan and David Brownlow

-Joan and David Brownlow

so sorry to hear of his passing. i have many memories of him as i attended st james with my grandmother for many years. he also performed my christening as a baby. i can still hear his voice.

-Bobby Jo Farrow

We wish to send our deepest sympathies & condolences as we commiserate with Mrs. Margaret Boyd, sister of our dear colleague (Larry Shuh) at the University of Guelph, upon the loss of their beloved family member.

-BFPO - University of Guelph

On behalf of the Carrot River United Church (which now includes the former Arborfield United Church congregation), I would like to extend our condolences to Margie and the Boyd family. We all have very fond memories of Bill's time in the Carrot River Arborfield Pastoral Charge, as well as more than a few humorous moments. Bill was a great leader, guiding us all through the good times and the bad.

-Carrot River United Church

My heart felt condolences to the Boyd family. Bill was a wonderful and caring colleague. May memories of his living and his service to others bring comfort.

-Rev Merv Wilson

Helen Brook's sister Doris and family send our condolences to Rev. Boyd's family. A lovely man and terrific supporter of Seguin Pioneer United Church. A special connection to our family as it was built generations ago on what was Brook family land.

Our Aunt Lois and Uncle Alvin lived across the road from the church for many years so we have fond memories of our family visits - we met Rev Boyd a few times. Often Aunt Lois would be getting something ready for a church related event. Aunt Helen was sad to hear of his passing but he will always be lovingly remembered by Helen and her family.

-Helen Brook, Doris and family

Allan Shaw and I are both retired, but remember Bill “writ large” in generosity of spirit, in humour, and countless other ways. We remember bringing Jim Strathdee over to P.A. to hold a wonderful worship and song fest there. Bill was the perfect host and made sure everything ran smoothly. As a young minister I looked up to him for his leadership and competence. Allan and I wanted to send you the family the message that colleagues you may not know are holding you his loved ones in our hearts and prayers today and in coming days. Bill's ministry and personality has touched many of us. He was a good man, and a good ministerial colleague.
Rev Susan J Thompson (retired, Toronto,ON)
Rev Allan Shaw (retired, Nipawan, SK)

-Rev Susan J Thompson/Rev Allan Shaw

Dear Margie, Megan and Emily, and family: We were all so enriched by knowing Bill. He was a preacher's preacher and the Holy Spirit always quietly emanated from him. Who can doubt a benevolent God when God calls someone like Bill to proclaim His existence? You are all in my prayers. In faith and love, Dianne

-Rev. Dianne Everitt

Extending our condolences to your family at this most difficult time.

-Chris Basso