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Obituary for Kevin Boyd

Kevin  Boyd
On Monday, February 29, 2016, Kevin Burton Boyd, husband, father, son, brother, friend and coach, passed away suddenly at the age of 46 years. Kevin is survived and lovingly remembered by his beautiful bride, Jordana; his 'wee beasties', Logan, Eric and Landon; his loving parents, Bill and Gail; in laws, Hal and Sheryl; sister Karla (Tony); sisters-in-law, whom he loved like sisters, Stacey (James), Bobbie (Justin) and Katie (Kevin) and brother-in-law, Darby. Kevin is also remembered by seven nieces; his lovelies, Ozzie, Ronnie, Kaleigh, Audrey, Christie, Erin and Talia; and by some very special, close friends. He was predeceased by his 'other mother', Rhonda. Born in Rivers, MB on June 6, 1969, Kevin grew up mainly in Brandon. He began playing football as a teenager, and there, found his passion. Kevin graduated from Crocus Plains High School in 1987 and then attended Minot State University where he played football as a Beaver. He transferred to Allan Hancock Community College in California for one year before returning to Minot, playing as a Bulldog then back to his Beaver roots. Kevin graduated from MSU with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology. He was recruited to play for the Edmonton Eskimos in the supplemental draft and was invited to try out for several other CFL teams. High blood pressure ended his playing career but this opened the door to coaching, which was his true calling. Kevin started coaching football in 1993 in Garrison, ND, and in 1994 he began coaching at his alma mater, Crocus Plains High School. It was here that Kevin had the biggest impact. For over 20 years, he worked, not only to build a strong football club, but perhaps more importantly, to guide countless young men. He taught them about respect both on and off the field. He shared his immense knowledge of the game readily with players, coaches and rival teams alike, especially if it meant sparking an interest on the gridiron. Kevin's love of the game and the kids he coached was inspirational and it is a love none will soon forget. As a proud dad, Kevin was especially excited that all three of his boys had taken an interest in football, and for the last three years, he got to share his love of the game and coach his oldest son, Logan. While in Minot, Kevin met his future wife and best friend, Jordana. They were married on July 15, 1995 and began their life together in Brandon. Kevin ran Boyd Renovations, with his father Bill, until he was offered a job at Career Connections Inc. where he worked as an Employment Facilitator, then Counsellor and eventually, Executive Director. Helping people with mental, physical and intellectual disabilities find and keep employment came to be an important part of Kevin's life. He sat on a variety of boards that served the community in this capacity and enjoyed being a part of every one of them. Kevin's greatest accomplishment though, his joy, was his family. After nearly 21 years of marriage, he still introduced Jordana as his beautiful bride. There is no competing with a love like that. They were everything to each other, best friends, soul mates. Kevin loved to spend time with his family, his boys were everything to him. He adored them and his pride in each of them was immeasurable. His kindness, integrity, humour and all encompassing love of life is evident in the way he and Jordana have raised their sons and he would want them to know, 'If there is a tomorrow when we are not together, there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we are apart, I'll always be with you.' Kevin had such a huge impact on his family, friends and the entire community. He greeted every day with gusto, every obstacle with grace, and he had his easy smile, laugh and the mischievous twinkle in his eye until the end. Kevin will be missed more than we can possibly describe. The Ceremony to Celebrate Kevin's Life took place in the Gymnasium at the Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School on Saturday, March 5, 2016. Military Chaplain, Kevin Olive officiated. Friends attending the service were invited to wear a Football Jersey or Crocus Plains Gear in honour of Kevin. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Crocus Plains Football Club at any Westoba Credit Union.
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