James C. Boyd

December 27, 1946 - March 8, 2020
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James C. Boyd of Chadds Ford, PA, age 73, passed away Sunday, March 8, 2020. Jim was born on December 27, 1946 in Syracuse, NY to the late Edgar Francis Boyd and Margaret Lillian (Mason) Boyd. He graduated cum laude from the University of Rochester with a BA in English. Jim’s thirty-eight-year career working asContinue Reading

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Janne Debes left a message on May 23, 2020:
I knew Jim when he was a boy, because I dated his brother Gordon. I am so relieved to read about his terrific life and his family. He was an English major like me! Ryan, your words about your dad were SO moving! And gosh, he sure looks like Gordon!
Peter Emmel left a message on April 11, 2020:
I am so sorry to hear that this wonderful man is gone. A few of us 73-year-olds in Rochester, NY, are curious to know if Jim was perhaps our classmate of the same name who graduated with us from Rochester's Monroe High School in 1964.
karen fox left a message on April 7, 2020:
Dear Patty, Although I did not know Jim for very long, I now know from the messages left by Ryan and others what a wonderful and unique man he was. You and your family have my sincerest sympathy.
Sarah Boyd left a message on April 3, 2020:
Hearing of my uncles passing truly broke my heart. I had hoped to begin a relationship with my Uncle Jim, because for my entire life I've only known of him, and not who he was.

On my 18th birthday, I received a present from my late father, Gordon Boyd, Jim's older brother. Inside was a treasure trove of pictures, memories and letters, along with knickknacks, pots he had made himself out of clay, his dog tags from the Air Force and so many incredible pictures of my father and my uncle Jim together. My heart breaks for his family and the loss they must feel weighing heavily on them at this time. And my heart breaks for the Uncle I'll never get to know.

May he find peace in eternity with God and may he be reunited with my father, my aunt, my grandmother and my grandfather.

With love,
Gordon's daughter and Jim's niece
Annette Gordon left a message on March 31, 2020:
Patty, I'm so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. My condolences to your entire family. How beautiful and moving to see some of the moment's of Jim's life while listening to his song.
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Susan Skelley left a message on March 29, 2020:
Patty, Mike and I are sorry to hear the news of Jim's passing. Thank you for posting "Go My Way" as well as Ryan's loving eulogy - a tribute to a man well loved. Susan Skelley, Waldwick NJ
Patricia Dawson left a message on March 27, 2020:
Patty and family, Thank you for posting Jim's "Go my Way", and the wonderful family photos. I am sorry we lived so far apart these many years, but I still have those sweet memories of Jim playing the banjo for Mama and Papa so long ago. We will be thinking of you and may God's grace bring you comfort.
Mike Travagli left a message on March 27, 2020:
Dear Patty, Thank you so much for posting Jim's rendition of "Go My Way" on R.T. Foard's website. I never had the privilege of hearing Jim perform. I played it a number of times. Such a beautiful piece, a treasure no less. Love,
Mike Savoy left a message on March 25, 2020:
I am saddened to learn of Jim's passing. As a friend from Deerfield, IL I vividly remember our family's shared times together on many occasions. As Jim played James Taylor favorites on his guitar in our living room one evening, I told the group that "it doesn't get any better than this". So true.
Ginny Levy left a message on March 24, 2020:
What a beautiful eulogy from Ryan. Makes me think Jim has a glint in the eye and a loving smile on the lips.
Ann (Hartley) Darden left a message on March 23, 2020:
This is sad news. Jim's kind and gentle nature and his sense of humor were a pleasure to share, and I have special memories of playing music with Jim and several of my family members (Ken Banks and Bruce Hartley) and friends during the 1970's; we were called Aeolian Spring, Playing regularly at the Italian Gardens in College Park, MD, Patty, Susan Banks and sometimes Patty's brother, John sat in the audience. Jim played guitar and banjo and sang songs by Jim Croce and Loggins and Messina, among others, and it was a more innocent time. I can still visualize Susan and Ken's beautiful artwork with the band's name painted on the front of a large amp. Though the lines are a bit blurred the experiences we shared with the Boyd's remain a part of my heart. My condolences and the joy of celebrating Jim's life to Patty and the family.
chris jennison left a message on March 19, 2020:
Jim and I worked together in publishing for more than twenty-five years. My family and his became close friends, and I was honored to be asked to be the God father of his daughter Meghan. He was a treasured friend; he helped me through some difficult times, and celebrated good times with me. He had a lively sense of humor and was a talented musician and singer. He was special and I will miss him.
cathy daly left a message on March 18, 2020:
I will cherish the memories of sitting around the kitchen table with Jim and (the Daly clan) sharing stories, mostly funny, bringing a tear or two to our eyes from hysterical laughter. Although my fondest memory is the day he played and sang on the beach when Mike and I married. He touched our lives in a very special way and will be truly missed.
Angela and Mike Davis left a message on March 17, 2020:
We are so very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. We met when living in Deerfield IL and enjoyed the friendship of Jim and Patty. He was a lovely gentle soul.
Elizabeth Sugg left a message on March 14, 2020:
Jim brought me to P-H. He moved me back to the east coast. His influence had a huge impact on both my personal and professional life. He and his wife Patty will have a special place in my heart always.
left a message on March 13, 2020:
I'm so sorry to hear of your loved and deepest condolences are extended to you. Something that's helped me through the death of loved ones is to reflect on 1 Corinthians 15:26.
Bob Watson left a message on March 13, 2020:
Patty and family, sorry to learn of Jim's passing. Nice man and both of you were so pleasant and kind to me as we worked together on behalf of my old friend, Mrs. Daly. Take Care, RIP Jim
Steve Deitmer left a message on March 13, 2020:
I worked with Jim for years. He was man of intelligence and integrity. He truly was a good person.
Susan Kemether left a message on March 12, 2020:
Pat and Family, We were all so sorry to learn of Jim's passing. He was a very special person. I will remember him playing the guitar for us down at the river all those years ago. Even though I haven't seen him for a while, he always had the sweetest smile. Our prayers and love to all of your family. Dennis, Susan & Family
Toni and Frank Campbell left a message on March 11, 2020:
Frank and I have been tremendously blessed to be a friend of Jim and Patty's for 46 years. We will never forget his wonderful nature, amazing sense of humor and his great love for Patty, his children and his grandchildren. We will miss him terribly. We know he'll be watching over all his loved ones until they are reunited with him.
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