BOYD WILLIAM J., JR., age 78 of Madison Heights, MI after a long battle with cancer. William passed away peacefully in his home on Friday March 30th, 2012. Bill was born September 18, 1933 in Dansville, New York to the late William and Glady's Boyd. Sr. Beloved husband of Marilyn Dear father of Kevin (Nancy) Boyd, Kathleen (Norman) Zuhl and Kristin (Rob) Varney. Loving grandfather of Douglas, Renee, Kaitlyn, Rochelle, Koreen, Ryan and Kyle. Brother of Betty (the late Burdette) Sauerbier, Donald (Jane) Boyd, Jean (the late John) McKay, Joyce (the late William) Mothorpe the late Clyde (Dolly) Boyd and the late Butchie Boyd, his nephew the late Douglas Boyd son of Clyde and Dolly Boyd. Bill is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Visitation Monday 4-8 p.m. and Tuesday 2-8 p.m. at Edward Swanson & Son Funeral Home, 30351 Dequindre Madison Heights, MI 48071. In state Wednesday 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral 11:00 a.m., First Presbyterian Church of Royal Oak, 529 Hendrie Blvd., Royal Oak, Mi. 48067. Bill was a graduate of Dansville High School in New York, and Cortland State Teachers College in New York. Bill was the president of the Greater North Woodward Optimist Club in 1974. He dedicated his life of 34 years to teaching in Royal Oak with 3 years at Mary Lyons Jr. High and 31 years at Royal Oak Dondero. Bill was a beloved teacher and a dedicated coach for multiple sports while at Dondero, Bill was inducted into the Royal Oak Schools Hall of Fame in 1977, he was also one of the founding fathers of the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame, and was inducted into the hall in 1993. Bill was also involved in his church First Presbyterian Church of Royal Oak where he was a Deacon, Elder and Trustee. Memorials to: Michigan High School Baseball Coaches (MHSBCA) Re: Hall of Fame Exhibit-Comerica Park Dave Elliott - MHSBCA Treasurer 2157 S. Van Buren, Reese, MI. 48757 *checks payable to MHSBCA or First Presbyterian Church of Royal Oak - Organ Fund, 529 Hendrie Blvd., Royal Oak, MI 48067. Share a memory at edwardswansonandsonfuneralhome.com
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Please accept our deepest sympathy, Marilyn. Your family and you are in our thoughts and prayers.
We will always remember Bill as being a true friend, a terrific husband and father and a laugh you could never forget.On an athletic note,Iwill never forget Coach Boyd trying to calm me down over several missed umpiring calls during a playoff game in Flint.In the 3rd inning,Bill said something to the umpire that led to his ejection.After the game,which we won,I asked him why he deserted me for the last six innings.That is when that infectious,unforgettable laugh came into play and prompted this memory.May you rest in eternal peace our friend Kevin and Linda2