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Gordon "Bud" Franklin Boyd

October 10, 1950 ~ January 28, 2024 (age 73) 73 Years Old

Gordon "Bud" Boyd Obituary

Gordon Franklin ("Bud") Boyd (October 10, 1950-January 28, 2024) peacefully passed away at Minnedosa Health Centre after a brief hospital stay and a lengthy battle with cancer, at the age of 73. Bud was born October 10, 1950 in Brandon, MB to Gordon and Jean (Bannerman) Boyd, a brother for sister, Lesley. The family moved to Minnedosa in 1951 where Bud grew up before following in his grandfather, William Bannerman's footsteps with a career in policing.  Bud joined the RCMP in April, 1971 and upon graduation was posted to "E" Division, British Columbia with postings in Creston, Rossland and North Vancouver.  Upon the passing of his father in 1979 Bud resigned from the RCMP and returned to Minnedosa in 1980 embarking on a brief career with Brandon City Police.  It was during this time that he met his future wife, Rhonda (Munson).  Bud rejoined the RCMP in July 1982 and was posted to Shoal Lake, MB.  He and Rhonda were married in August and welcomed sons, Dan and Lee. One of the highlights of his time in Shoal Lake was driving Queen Elizabeth II on her visit to Brandon in the Fall of 1984. In 1989, the family relocated to Altona, MB and in 1992 moved to Stonewall, MB.  Bud served at "D" Division Headquarters in Court Liaison and ended his career at Winnipeg International Airport in September 1997. After retirement Bud fulfilled a dream of driving the "big trucks" by obtaining his Class 1 license, graduating top of the class.  He did team driving but much more enjoyed the shorter trips around the southern half of the province driving for Federated Coop, coming full circle as his early employment in Minnedosa had been with Minnedosa Coop.

In 2015 Bud, Rhonda and youngest son, Lee relocated to Minnedosa to help with the care of his mom, Jean and her sister, Helyne Bannerman. Bud loved hunting and fishing and managed one more deer hunt in the Fall of 2023 with son, Dan. One of his happiest moments was the birth of grandson, Jack, to son, Dan and wife, Sarah in 2022, who brightened many a day for Grampa.

Bud is survived by his loving wife, Rhonda, sons, Lee and Dan (Sarah and Jack), and “daughters” Lindsay (Kendal and Jillian) and Kylie (Emileigh), sister Lesley (Gordon English), nephews Graeme (Edie) and Bryan (Katherine, Sydney and Luke), also brother-in-law Kevin Munson (Florence, Rayann and Ryan). He was predeceased by his parents Gordon and Jean, in-laws Ray and Norma Munson and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

As per Bud’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no service.

If friends so desire, donations may be made to Cancer Care Manitoba.

 

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