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John M. Boyd

March 17, 2021


John Michael Boyd, 64, of Dawes Street, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at Baystate Medical Center.  Born at the former Westover Airforce Base Hospital in Chicopee, on February 10, 1957, the son of Virginia L. Boyd , John remained a lifelong resident of Springfield, graduating in 1977 from the Roger L. Putnam  Technical Academy where he was a basketball team member and team manager.  At STCC John was a basketball Score keeper and team manager .  Later he retired from Milton Bradley Co., and from Springfield Public Schools Transporation Dept.  He also served as cameraman for Pioneer Valley High School Sports Show on Comcast 15; in addition he assisted the Catholic Youth Organization youth basketball league.  He will be remembered as the esteemed winner of a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am for successfully sinking  a half court basket at a UMass basketball game and for tirelessly promoting Multiple Sclerosis Awareness. 

 John was a kind and loving person willing to give anyone the shirt off his back.  He will be forever missed by his sister Grace Boyd Walter; nieces  and nephew Alicia Walter-Spencer (Kareem), Val-Marie Savage;  Sean L. Walter and innumerable friends. For those wishing to pay final respects, there will be a "walk-thru" wake at Harrell Funeral Home, this Thursday 5-7 p.m.

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Stephen Dwyer

March 29, 2021 12:27 PM

When we first moved to Spfld. and my father, the late Rev. William Dwyer became rector of St. Peter's Church John, his mom, Ginny (the late Virginia Boyd), and family made us feel truly welcome.    Ginny became friendly with my mom, Tako and they sang together in the choir.  Also,  to note:  John really connected with us youngsters well.   I remember him taking me to a basketball game at Putnam as a teen.   In the summertime John, my brother and I watched some of the "old heads" play some serious ball at Nathan Bill.   John B was a friendly, outgoing person, who always included others.   RIP old friend and my love and prayers go out to Grace, Alicia, Sean and your whole family.  

Lauretta Kynard

March 26, 2021 4:28 PM

John and I have known each other since kindergarten. Mrs. Harrell was both are kindergarten teacher. John and I have had a long lasting friendship that carried on into both our adulthood. I am deeply saddened of his passing. I wish to extend condolences and deepest sympathy to all of Johns family members from all of my family the Kynard’s. 158 Bowles Street back in the day!

T. Deweever

March 25, 2021 7:07 PM

He was our "big brother" our first semester at UMass.  Great friend!

Terrelle Castle

March 25, 2021 7:02 PM

John, you made the world a better place just by bumping in it.  You will be missed.

Lisa Stancil

March 25, 2021 2:58 PM

So, so true. John would do anything  for you and give you whatever he had if you needed it. I remember going off to college to Vermont years ago, and John drove me up there on my first weekend to get me settled in. Good times...Rest well, old friend.

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