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Thursday November 29, 2012

BOYD, M. David

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of M. David Boyd on November 25, at the age of 93. Dave was born in Toronto on Feb. 3, 1919. In 1941 he enlisted in the RCAF, flying Spitfires with the 412 Squadron. He rose to squadron leader, and earned the DFC in 1945. After the war, he married Natalie McMillan, and worked for King Paving in Oakville for 36 years, retiring in 1982 as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Genstar Stone Products, parent company of King Paving. He was active with the Ontario Road Builders Association, serving as president in 1971, the Aggregate Producers Assoc., and the Canadian Construction Assoc. Dave also volunteered at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum and the Canadian Fighter Pilots Association. After the death of his beloved Natalie, Dave moved to Oakville. He is survived by his three children, Jane (Jim), Carol (Tom), and Robert (Amy), nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held this Saturday, Dec. 1, at 10:30 a.m. at SMITH'S FUNERAL HOME, 1167 Guelph Line (one stoplight north of QEW), BURLINGTON (905-632-3333) , followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Air Cadet League of Canada or the Canadian Lung Association. ''High Flight'' (an excerpt) Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace. Where never lark, nor even eagle flew- And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod The high untrespassed sanctity of space Put out my hand and touched the face of God. Written by John G. Magee Jr. (also a member of 412 Squadron, who died in 1941)

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