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Cruikshank’s Halifax Funeral Home

2666 Windsor Street, Halifax, NS

OBITUARY

Edmund Patrick Boyd

October 20, 1924November 10, 2019

At age 95, Edmund Boyd died peacefully, surrounded by his family. Born in River Bourgeois October 20, 1924, he died in Halifax on November 10, 2019. He was the last surviving member of the family of D.D. and Katharine (Kate McIsaac) Boyd. Following his early school years at “the River” and Antigonish, he entered St. Mary’s College High School where he was the recipient of the last medal for Irish History awarded by the Christian Brothers of Ireland. Further studies at Saint Mary’s College ended with a Bachelor of Arts in 1944. A year later he received a Bachelor of Education from St. Francis Xavier University. After several years in the classroom in Nova Scotia and Montreal, he left for France to teach and study at the universities of Grenoble and Paris (Sorbonne). While at Grenoble he was a member of the university chorale that represented France in the Annual Eisteddfod Music Festival in Wales. Returning to Canada, he began his university teaching career, first at Saint Mary’s, and later as a member of the Dalhousie French Department from which he retired after 30 years. During his time at Dal, he spent a sabbatical year at the University of Salamanca, Spain, and attended summer sessions at Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de Mexico. For fourteen summers, under the auspices of The Experiment in International Living (now World Learning Inc.), he led groups of North American university students to countries in Europe, to Japan, and to Australia. Subsequent travels took him took to the Far and Middle East, South America, and the Caribbean. During his travels he picked up facts and stories which he wove into his classes and general conversation, making him a consummate raconteur. He also made many friends around the world with whom he kept in touch. Edmund taught hundreds of students over the years and met and worked with many people during his adult life, and he remembered them all and kept in touch with them by letter, postcard, and phone. Those who knew him were always impressed by his memory for people and events, as well as his prodigious supply of appropriate quotes. Wherever he went he met people he knew and he greeted them by name. His insatiable curiosity for life was never satisfied. A true gentleman, he asked all the right questions to put others at ease. While teaching at university, he was an instructor in French at L’Alliance Française, at CFB Stadacona, Holy Heart Seminary, New Options School, and the Université d’Aix en Provence. He served as President of L’Alliance Française. A lifelong tennis player, skier, and figure skater, he also served as President of the Halifax Skating Club. In recognition of his more than 25 years of judging tests and competitions, in 2017, he was one of the first inductees into the Nova Scotia Figure Skating Hall of Fame. He was a Council Member of the Royal Commonwealth Society and helped to organize Secondary School seminars on the Commonwealth. Edmund was an active member of the St. F. X. Alumni Association and the SMU Alumni Association and was recently honoured for his 75th year of graduation from Saint Mary’s. He was also an enthusiastic member of the Black and Gold Club at Dalhousie University. He participated in amateur theatricals with the Theatre Arts Guild. A life-long Roman Catholic, Edmund was a lector and usher at Canadian Martyrs Parish.

He was predeceased by his sister, Eileen Donahoe (Richard), brothers, Arthur (Lorraine), Donald (Leona), and Colin Francis. He is survived by several first cousins, nieces and nephews, and numerous grand-nieces and grand-nephews. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him for his good humour and wit, his integrity and civility, and his generosity and loving spirit.

Donations in Edmund’s memory may be made to Feed Nova Scotia or to a charity of choice. Wake will be held at Cruikshank’s Halifax Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor Street on Wednesday, November 13, from 3-5 and 7-9. Funeral will be held at St. Agnes Church, 6903 Mumford Road, on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 10 AM.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, November 13, 2019
  • Visitation Wednesday, November 13, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, November 14, 2019

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Kelly Geddes

November 15, 2019

I was saddened to hear of Edmund's passing. Edmund was a friend and supporter of L'Arche Halifax and came by each year. I enjoyed our talks and will miss him. He was a real gentleman. I appreciated his stories and the way he listened. My sincere condolences to all who knew and will miss Edmund.

Evelyn McCall

November 14, 2019

The last time I saw Eddie was at the first Induction Ceremony of the Nova Scotia Figure Skating Hall of Fame a year ago, and I could see how honored he felt to be there. Eddie was as charming, warm, supportive and compassionate as I will always remember him and he had this unique way of making people feel comfortable and special, because he was such an amazing and kind communicator.

Thank you for being such a "gentle" man Edmund. I will miss our phone calls and our rink history immensely. I have to say my Rob (McCall) was such a big fan of yours and he spoke so highly of his days in your French class at Dalhousie, and of your knowledge and fairness as a judge in skating competitions.

My condolences to the Boyd and Donahue families and I am so sorry that I had to miss the service at St Agnes today.

Rest in peace, professor. I know there's one student of yours up there who was front and center at your welcome ceremony on November 10...... God bless! <3.

Allan and Lorna MacDonald

November 14, 2019

Edmund contributed to life in Halifax in so many ways and knew just about everybody especially the Cape Bretoners. He taught our children how to skate , and our cousins to appreciate French language and culture. It was always a pleasure to talk or to reminisce with him. He will be missed.

Doug Heaney

November 14, 2019

I was very sorry to hear this sad news about Professor Boyd. He was one of the most charismatic and memorable instructors during my university career. I participated in a study abroad year he oversaw in Aix-en-Provence in 1989, and have many fond memories from that time. More recently, he served as a reference for my application to grad school and we got together after I had finished the program to catch up. I'm sorry I didn't get to see him again after that, and also that I'm unable to attend the memorial service. Rest in peace, Edmund.

Mary-Jane O’Halloran

November 14, 2019

We offer you our deepest sympathy in the loss of Edmund. He had a full and most interesting life and I really enjoyed his sense of humour and incredible memory. We will miss seeing him at tennis at the Waeg , on the Dalhousie campus and in his later years at Parklands .
Best wishes to all the Donahue family.
Mary-Jane and Dan O’Halloran

Kevin Cleary

November 13, 2019

Edmond was my Godfather and a great one at that. He always showed great interest in whatever my latest endeavour at the time happened to be. I have fond childhood memories of Edmund bringing me small, much appreciated gifts from his latest travels. During my entire youth he was at our house at least once a week having tea with my parents, Kevin and Betty Cleary. Recently I was speaking with Edmund about his induction into the Nova Scotia figure skating hall of fame. It was clear that he was proud of this achievement Edmund was loved by our entire family and will truly be missed.

Joan Morrison

November 13, 2019

Edmund was a scholar and a gentleman.
He was a friend to all.
Halifax will miss him.

Dorothy Campbell

November 13, 2019

My sincere sympathy on the passing of my dear friend Edmund. May he rest in peace. My condolences to family and friends.

Cynthia Pilichos

November 12, 2019

To the Family of the late Edmund Boyd

We send condolences to the family of the late Edmund Boyd, along with a message of gratitude for his long life of gracious living. An exceptional teacher, his appreciation for people was matched by his outstanding humour and wit, his integrity, his civility, and his generous and loving spirit, as has been noted in his obituary. Edmund will be greatly missed by so many - he was one of a kind! May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Chris and Cynthia Pilichos

Eileen Littleboy

November 12, 2019

Well they don't make them like Eddie anymore. how sad to hear of his passing, my sympathies go out to the family, what an amazing life, what an incredible, lovely, brilliant man! He will be missed. Eddie was a good friend of the Macdonald family, especially my aunt Oonagh, he was one of the last participant chroniclers of the Macdonald era, he would send me clippings of my grandparents old press releases and relay anecdotes of life back then; he helped us accomplish the recent bench dedication for my grandmother Agnes in the Halifax Public Gardens, he celebrated that with us in May of this year! What a gracious, interesting, kind and patient man, thank you Eddie for your friendship to the family and recent assistance, and for being the wonderful presence you have been, for all you've given us. I will miss knowing you are in the world.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY