We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Wolkowski Funeral Service Ltd.
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Don Boyd, beloved husband of Noreen, passed away in Yorkton on Thursday, June 2, 2022, at the age of 80 years old.
Don was born to Stan & Marie Boyd on May 16, 1942. Believe it or not, he was born on the kitchen table in Pelly, Saskatchewan. He always said he was put in the oven after birth to stay warm.
Growing up in Pelly, one of his greatest memories was playing on a little league baseball team which had its hey day in 1955. The crew of fine-playing young little league baseball stars from Pelly managed to win first place in the tournament at Madge Lake.
While in school he was a Cadet and had the opportunity to attend Dundurn Military Camp. After his schooling he worked in Churchill with his brother Jim. Then on he went to Alberta and worked in the oil patch.
In 1970, Don received his First Class Electrician ticket in Calgary, Alberta where he worked until moving back to Saskatchewan in 1975. Don then pursued opening his own businesses, Kamsack Electric and also the Ice Cream Parlor at Madge Lake. Don loved being an electrician and continued to do so until the age of 72. He also continued making homemade ice cream which was always a great hit with the grandchildren.
Don enjoyed deer hunting in the fall, but once summer came, you could always find him fishing at Madge Lake. Don took great joy in teaching all 5 of his grandchildren how to fish. He also enjoyed curling, was active in politics for several years and loved his camping and woodworking too. Don’s freshly baked bread or homemade pecan pies were always ready to be served.
Don sat on the Kamsack Town Council, Eaglestone Lodge Board, Runnymede Hamlet Board and was also known as the “Mayor of Runnymede”.
Don was fortunate to travel to many different places throughout his life. From the East Coast to the West Coast and everything in between; travelled through many states in the Unites States, Texas being his favorite; then onto Germany for a month and also took a cruise stopping in Mexico, Cayman Islands and Jamaica.
In later years, he enjoyed winter travels to Texas and this was his utmost favorite destination. From the flea markets; to walking across the bridge to Poncho’s Bar in Mexico; to picking seashells at Padre Island & Boca Chica Beach; eating a huge seafood platter at Dirty Al’s; hosting many happy hours with family and friends and most importantly he LOVED his karaoke. Don could always be found with his microphone singing a song or entertaining at #7 Magic Lane. When most people in the park at Texas were going to bed, Don was just getting ready to head out to sing karaoke with his numerous karaoke friends at the Mercedes Legion, or at The Perfect Place in Donna, and at many other parks. Chili Willies was where he made his first debut singing karaoke and he never looked back. Don is probably singing with Kenny Rogers right now.
In 2014, Don suffered a stroke, but that didn’t slow him down when it came to going to Texas for the winter. He was a great co-pilot, (for the most part), making sure that Noreen didn’t miss any of the turnoffs on the interstate highways. Don always looked forward to spending winters with his Winter Texan Family.
Don will be lovingly remembered by his wife Noreen of 23 years, his daughter Heather (Tim) and grandson Levi.
Noreen’s daughters, Arlene (Jeff) and Eloise (Rob) and grandchildren: Keagan and Tanner; Keeley and Mikhaila.
Don’s brother Jim (Lorraine) and sisters Georgina (Alvin) and Linda (Alex).
And numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and aunties.
Don was predeceased by his parents Stan and Marie and daughter Karen.
Many thanks to family and friends for their compassion, support, numerous visits, calls, texts, emails, cards, flowers and food, during this most difficult time.
If friends or family so desire, donations in Don’s memory may be made to Stars Ambulance. Stars Ambulance was very important to Don. He was always hopeful that his family or friends would never have to use it, but if they did, they would be in good hands.
After the service and the interment, the family invites everyone to join them at the Runnymede Community Hall for lunch and fellowship.
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