Ralph Douglas (“Dougie”) Boyd, 84, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Tuesday, July 23, 2013, surrounded by his family, at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Centre in Thunder Bay, Ont.
Douglas was born Sept. 13, 1928 in Fort Frances, one of seven children to John “Jack” and Alba Boyd.
He attended Fort Frances schools and began his work career early at the local paper mill, retiring as a millwright at age 55.
Doug took great pride in building his own home in Fort Frances. He also built many lakeside cabins in beautiful Sunset Country.
He married Betty Sus and they shared a love for family, curling, and many wonderful years at their cottage at Bear Pass.
Doug enjoyed golfing and was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, where he enjoyed socializing with his friends. Doug also loved to curl and felt his best games were played behind the glass in recent years while strategizing with his dear friend, Orville Eyolfson.
He was very proud of his three daughters, Marcy King (Tim) of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Lori Cain (Ed) of Fort Frances, Ont., and Julie Metke (John) of Pangman, Sask.
Grampa took great delight in his grandchildren, Brittany, Natalie, and Mitch Cain, Samantha Joyal (Denny), and Paul, Angela, and Richard Metke; and great-grandchildren, Treyden Cain-Calder and twins, Averie and Connor Joyal.
Grampa entertained everyone with boat rides, volleyball games, his bubble tub, and first bike gifts.
Doug also is survived by his brothers, John, Jim, and Bill Boyd; sisters-in-law, Jane Sus and Vicki Olafson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Douglas was predeceased by his wife, Betty; parents; brothers, Leonard and Frances Boyd; and sister, Margaret Reuter.
Doug had requested a private family service.
If desired, in memoriam donations may be made to the Fort Frances Curling Club.