1924 - 2019
With sadness the family of Boyd McLure announce his passing on May 14, 2019 with his family by his side. Boyd was born in Bowsman River on SW 19-26-38 to Thomas Boyd McLure and Mary Gray (Ramage) on June 8, 1924. Boyd was raised on the family farm east of Birch River with his sisters Janet and Martha.
As a child Boyd attended school at Steele School and McKinley School. He took up farming at a young age, helping his father and later taking over the farm. When he was eighteen, he joined the Army and he was one of the soldiers that was used in the mustard gas “experiment” at CFB Suffield.
After the war years Boyd returned to the farm, and on June 12, 1947 he married Joan Cox. They raised a family of two girls, Darlene and Donna and one son Morley. Their lives were busy with raising cattle, pigs, chickens, milking cows and growing crops while raising a busy family involved with school activities and 4-H. Boyd was looking forward to celebrating the McLure Family Farm 100 anniversary on June 12 of this year.
Boyd was a social fellow, enjoying coffee twice a day with his many coffee groups, catching up with all the news and keeping track of what the farmers were busy doing. He never forgot people after he met them. He enjoyed his cribbage games with friends and family.
Boyd was involved with the United Church his whole life, serving as a board member for many years. He has been involved in the Legion for many years, fundraising in the early years to enable the Legion to build the hall, and help build many of the community buildings in Birch River. He socialized with his Legion friends in Swan River, going to dances and social events.
In 2003 Boyd married for the second time to Julie Moore and they enjoyed their years together, socializing, dancing and visiting with friends.
Boyd will be remembered for his remarkable memory. He was always available to answer a question or settle an argument. We will all miss that!
He liked to be busy, always doing something. His garden and his yard work were always kept up. If all else failed a drive to look over the countryside and the crops was in order!
Curling was his sport! He was a fierce competitor and enjoyed the sociability. Curling most of his life, retiring only a few years ago to become an armchair curler.
Boyd was predeceased by his parents, his first wife Joan, his daughter Darlene his sisters Janet Benoit and Martha (David) Ulinder.
Boyd is survived by his wife Julie; his daughter Donna (Ernie) Senek; son Morley; his son-in-law Lorne Kobelka; and grandchildren Braydon Kobelka, Rilynn Kobelka-Bisson, Chad Nashiem (Theresa), Shane Nashiem (Lisa), Brock Nashiem (Jennifer), Tennille Langford (Mark), Matthew McLure, Jaimie McLure, nine great grandchildren and one great great grandson; and his brother in law Dick Benoit.
An evening visitation was held from the Chapel of Swan Valley Funeral Services, Swan River, Manitoba on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. The funeral service was held from the Birch River Royal Canadian Legion Hall, Birch River, Manitoba at 2:00 p.m. on May 22, 2019 with Rev. Kathy Highmoor officiating. Interment took place in Crandell Cemetery, Birch River, Manitoba.
If friends so desire, donations in Boyd’s memory may be made to: Community Foundation of Swan Valley, Box 1509, Swan River, Manitoba R0L 1Z0 or to: Birch River Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 48, Box 216, Birch River, Manitoba R0L 0E0.
Swan Valley Funeral Services
363 Kelsey Trail, Swan River, Manitoba