BOYD, John Alvin - At University Hospital on Saturday, December 31, 2011, J. Alvin Boyd in his 87th year. Beloved husband of Ruth (Betzner) for 52 years, dear dad of Susan and her husband Greg Hall of Red Deer, AB, Jennifer Boyd of Toronto and Mona and her husband Andrew Garde of Oakville, and loving grandad of Blake, Brent and Corry Hall and Hazel and Manon Garde. Predeceased by his parents John and Hazel (Stanger) Boyd of Peterborough. Al had a 37 year career teaching French and Spanish, beginning in Kitchener-Waterloo. He came to London when Althouse College of Education opened in 1965 and retired in 1985 as a Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Education, UWO. He was a Past Associate Chair of UWO’s Senior Alumni Program, a Past President and Life Member of the Ontario Modern Language Teachers’ Association, a Past and Honorary Chairman of the London Branch of the Monarchist League of Canada, and a longtime loyal and active member of Metropolitan United Church. He was the recipient of a 2002 Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, a Canadian Royal Heritage Trust Award and an Ontario Volunteer Service Award. Al loved travelling and presenting travelogues, writing the Boyd family history, keeping a diary since retirement, collecting 100 year old postcards and spending long holidays at the family cottage on the shores of Lake Huron in Port Elgin. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James Street at Richmond, London. The funeral service will be conducted at Metropolitan United Church, 468 Wellington St. at Dufferin Ave. on Friday, January 6, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Private family interment service at Woodland Cemetery, London. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Memorial Fund of Metropolitan United Church, 468 Wellington Street, London, ON N6A 3P8, the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated by the family. Special thanks to Dr. John Jordan for years of dedicated health care.
2-4 and 7-9 pm Thursday, January 5, 2012 at Harris Funeral Home
11:00 a.m., Friday, January 6, 2012 at Metropolitan United Church, 468 Wellington St. at Dufferin Ave.Click here to view the map with James A. Harris Funeral Home location