Tribute to Canon Boyd

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THE first priest to be ordained in the Diocese of Motherwell died aged 89 at home in Cambusnethan.

Originally from Mossend, Very Rev George Canon Boyd was ordained into the priesthood in Motherwell Cathedral on May 24, 1948, along with his brother Patrick, who became a White Missionary Father in Africa.

Canon Boyd served in St Patrick’s, Wishaw, from 1948-54, before moving on to St Mary’s, Coatbridge, from 1954-62 and then became the youngest parish priest ever appointed at that time when he joined St Aloysius, Chapelhall, in 1962.

He was transferred to St Thomas’s in Wishaw in 1969 and in 1978 moved to St Bernadette’s in Motherwell.

His final appointment was to St Brendan’s in Motherwell in 1990 where he served until his retirement in 2009. During his time at St Brendan’s, in 1992, he was installed as a Canon of the Cathedral Chapter.

Bishop of Motherwell Joseph Devine said: “Canon Boyd was first and foremost a family man which may seem a strange description for a priest, but the Canon’s life was devoted to the families of the parishes in which he served.

“To so many families he was a member of the family - a father, grandfather and yes, a great-grandfather - and loved to tell children about their grandparents and other relations no longer with us, whom many of the children had never known.

“The priesthood can be a lonely place, but not for priests like Canon Boyd. He enjoyed the love and devotion of so many families and all will be grieving for him as they have lost a very special and favourite member of their family.”

Canon Boyd’s funeral took place at St Brendan’s.