Obituary of Claude Leslie Boyd
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Leslie Claude Boyd who made his transition from earth to Heaven on May 6, 2022.
Left behind, awaiting that glad reunion, are: Children: daughter Claudette (Gerald Coombs); sons Bill (Dianne Fost), Barry (Donna Emery); Grandchildren: Susan (Dean Crawford), Geoff (Natasha), Chris (Robyn), Karissa (Adam Robertshaw), Tyler (Tawnya), Chantal (Lance Crawley), Joanne (Shaun Wilson); Great Grandchildren Zachary, Kendell, Emma, Sterling, Serenity, Elijah, Margot, Dillon and Samantha;
The Poole, Essery, and Ball families; and, Lifetime friends who became relatives when Claude married Flora, including: Ern & Betty Wheeler, Carl & Marjorie Moore, and almost countless nieces, nephews, relatives and friends, for whom Claude prayed every night!
Claude is the youngest of three children of Effie Maud Farr, Carter’s Cove and Hubert Boyd, Muddy Hole, Tizzard’s Harbour. He is predeceased by his wife Flora, parents, sisters Vera (Reginald Poole) and Pauline (Jim Essery); son Byron Geoffery Boyd; and step-grandson Stephen Coombs.
Claude was born in 1933 at Tizzard’s Harbour and moved with his family to Windsor when he was four. There his life became filled with church, family, exciting jobs, an ever-expanding collection of close friends and acquaintenances, and plenty of social activities. Although he worked hard, he had no problem finding time to take his family to Goodyear’s Pit for a skate, Leeche’s Brook for a picnic and swim; or off to Laurenceton for a weekend in the “B Hive”.
Claude was quite an entrepreneur and he started his own business at 15, using his new bicycle to deliver mail and pay-cheques throughout the twin towns for Royal Store’s employees. He bought a shiny new Chev pick-up truck and began making deliveries from the train station to local business. His job experiences expanded to mechanic at the Exploit’s Valley Garage; Department of Highways staff; Brookfield Ice Cream Regional Milk Man; Owner / Operator of his ‘big rig’; retiring from CR Bell as Officer Manager for their Grand Falls Warehouse- Distribution Site.
Claude met Windsor Pentecostal School’s new teacher, Flora Ball, in 1951. After an exciting courtship, they married the first of January 1955, had four children and became entrenched in the community until their move to St John’s in November 2013. From their first date to the present, their real escape and peaceful “home” was always Laurenceton, Mom’s birthplace.
To Flora, her students, and his children, Claude was a ‘talented artist’ who brightened Flora’s classrooms with ‘larger-than-life’ wall posters of every Snoopy character and seasonal theme; and taught his children to appreciate the art of drawing. He further explored his interest by completing art courses in pencil drawings.
Claude was always known, by his large circle of close friends, for his humour! Whether it was joking with friends, or putting on a solo (or group) performance in front of large audiences; or, creating fun with his children, grandchildren; great grandchildren; nieces, nephews or anybody’s children; Claude was able to use any random prop to enthrall an audience and create an atmosphere of fun with an impromptu performance! His animated recital of “One Man Went to Mow” met with Canada-wide acclaim as he performed for family and friends visiting “from away”.
Claude enlisted with the Canadian Army - Militia completing training during 1963 and 1964 as a soldier and a military radio operator. He took his decision and training seriously. Later as a civilian, he completed his license as an amateur (HAM) radio operator VO1CLB, and promoted the value of adequate communications in time of war, disaster and loss of electricity.
It was in Claude’s nature to help anyone he saw in need of a helping hand – neighbours, friends, strangers, it made no difference. He was also blessed with wonderful neighbours on their Richmond Street home where friendship and kindness were reciprocated; and, in St John’s where Grace and Leo became like family to them.
Even in the past decade, Claude found new ways to share his life’s blessings, by supporting community programs through Lions Clubs; Choices For Youth; Canadian Red Cross, Teen Challenge; the Janeway; and other community, Church, and health-oriented organizations; all evidence of his compassionate heart.
The family extends sincere gratitude to all who supported Dad, especially during the past few years. Thank you to the exceptional St Clare’s staff; Laurenceton friends; extended family; long-time friends. Thank you for your prayers, love and support.
The funeral service will be open to the public; however, For Visitation and Church attendance masks are required, and current COVID-19 guidelines will be followed .
Following the service, Interment will take place at the Pentecostal Cemetery in Laurenceton
Donations in his memory can be made to Bethel Pentecostal Church, Main Street, Laurenceton, NL A0G 2Z0 or a charity of your choice.
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