He was born Sept. 30, 1920, in London, Ontario, Canada. He graduated from the University of Detroit with a degree in Chemical and Nuclear Engineering. He was selected for Combat Engineers Officers Candidate School and later for a top secret assignment - the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
He married the love of his life, Virginia Shearer, in Toronto on May 20, 1944, and they had seven children. He had a lifelong love affair with hockey and was an unabashed Sharks fan. He began skating at age 4, and played in prep school and college. Upon moving to California, he joined the Concord Bruins in the NorCal Senior League. He also coached for 10 years and was hired by the Sun Valley Rink to teach hockey skating. He was a dedicated member of St. Isidore's parish in Danville since 1954, a fourth degree Knight of Columbus, and past president of SIRS Organization.
He was preceded in death by his two sons, John Patrick and Michael William. He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Virginia; children, Bonnie (Tom) Sr., Carol, Debbie, Paul (Deborah), and Jennifer (Aaron); seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A Memorial Mass was celebrated Jan. 21 at St. Isidore's Catholic Church in Danville. Donations may be made to Kaiser Hospice, 200 Muir Road, Martinez 94553.
Joseph William Boyd
Joseph William Boyd, a Danville resident, passed away Jan. 13 at the age of 16.
He was born June 22, 1991, and lived with brain cancer since infancy. He loved and embraced the miracle of life, and touched and inspired all who came in contact with him, especially the students of St. Isidore School. He loved music, playing catch and being a part of his siblings' everyday activities. His smile and laugh would light up any room.
He is survived by his parents Joan and Kelly; and his brothers and sisters Justin, Alex, Samantha and Kelli Ann. His everlasting life was celebrated at a Mass of the Angels at St. Isidore's Church on Jan. 17, and burial will be at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Alton, Ill. Donations may be made to the Joey Boyd Scholarship Fund c/o Saint Isidore's School, 435 La Gonda Way, Danville.
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