Hugh John Cameron Boyd
Hugh was born on September 1, 1933 in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Hugh died of cancer on October 27, 2008. He was the eldest of four children born to Hughie Boyd and Swava Tobiasdottir. Hugh took all of his schooling in Yorkton, spent a year at Royal Roads Military College, decided the military wasn’t for him, drove milk wagon for a year (hated horses ever since), and in 1955 he joined the Bank of Montreal. In the eighteen years he worked for the Bank of Montreal, Hugh served in twelve branches in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Northern Ontario. On July 5, 1958 Hugh married Donna Cathcart of Neepawa, Manitoba. They had three children: Kathy, Jamie, and Patti-Jo. In 1972, Hugh quit the bank and took his family to the home of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Regina where he worked for the Saskatchewan government. Their last move was to Ponoka, Alberta where Hugh was employed by the Alberta government. When Hugh retired in 1991, he worked full time as a volunteer for the Legion and the Air Cadets. He is a past president for the Ponoka Legion and the past chairman of the Alberta Air Cadets League. When Hugh was well he curled and played golf. From Hugh’s Icelandic mother, he inherited a love of reading and politics. His mother and he never saw eye to eye in politics and there were some wild arguments at the Boyd house. Hugh’s specialty was military history and airplanes. The kids were never able to beat their dad at Trivial Pursuit. Hugh is survived by his wife of 50 years, Donna, his son Jamie of Ponoka, his daughter Patti (Gordon) Bligh of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, his semi-son Murray Bax (Barb Sondermann) of Calgary, his son-in-law Tim Nicholson of Ponoka, his sisters Pat (Cliff) Schneider of Kitchener, Ontario, and Ruth Boyd of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, mother-in-law Ruby Cathcart of Plumas, Manitoba, grandchildren Michael Nicholson (Brittany Taylor) of Cold Lake, Alberta, Jillian Nicholson (James Roy) and Jennifer Nicholson of Calgary, Alberta, and Douglas, Neil, Siobhan, Rolanda, and Shania Bligh of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. Hugh was predeceased by his parents, his daughter Kathy Nicholson, his sister Beverly Boyd and his granddaughter Kaitlin Bligh. A special thank you goes to Donna’s sister, Sandra Pow who flew from Wales to help. Donations are gratefully accepted to the Ponoka Family and Community Support Services Box 4004, Ponoka, Alberta T4J 1R5 or to any charity of the donor’s choice. A Service of Remembrance will be held on November 1, 2008 at the St. Mary’s Anglican Church, 5120 49th Avenue, Ponoka.
Cremation and Funeral Arrangements Entrusted To
Ponoka Funeral Home
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