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Old 04-04-12, 01:26 PM   #1
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Cyclist Friend Loses to Cancer (Boyd)

Boyd was diagnosed just after summer. Last I heard about 2 months ago he was doing well and somewhat recovering. I sent an email about a week ago asking about his progress but received no answer. I feared the news but hoped he was on one of his European vacations.

Unfortunately I received this email today.

Boyd was GREAT guy and a Great friend!




Dear Friends & Family,



Unfortunately, the time has come to give you the final update on Boyd's health challenge. On Tuesday, March 27th, Boyd lost his battle with cancer. After the Chemo Treatment #4, he never really recovered to any sort of normalcy. He continued to lose weight and fight constant nausea. After a week's stay in the hospital the second week of March, it was determined that although the original esophageal tumor was eliminated, the cancer had spread to the outside of his intestines and his prognosis was terminal. I brought him home for hospice care on March 17th, which gave him great comfort. Daughters Shauna & Karrie and son-in-law Steve arrived from Florida on March 21st to shower him with love and attention. Throughout the next week, he received many visits from friends and family who love him. As his health faltered, his spirit and sense of humor never did. The day prior to his death, he was able to separately tell each daughter and me, "I love you." He passed away peacefully at 1:10 on a sunny afternoon with a room full of loving family.

Boyd did not want a service or a lot of fuss, so we had a wonderful gathering of family the next evening in his honor at my brother's home in Lake Forest, CA. Boyd's sister Valerie from Florida and niece Karen from New York were able to join us. My mother Ruth and niece Sara's family were also there. We enjoyed barbeque food and beer, two of his favorites, and a chocolate cake topped with a beer in an Angels baseball cozy surrounded with peanuts. It was an evening we will all cherish.

During this difficult time, I have been surrounded with so much love and support by so many friends and family members. I warmly thank each and every one of you for your kindness & strength and I hope you will continue to hold up my family and me in your prayers.



Sincerely,

Carol


For the entire 15 years we have been on SART, he was there every weekend till his battle started.







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I'm sorry.

It's nice that you have the photos and videos to remember him.
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I'm sorry.

It's nice that you have the photos and videos to remember him.
Boyd was a GREAT guy! True gentleman and one of the most pleasant people I have ever known. 15 years I have never seen the guy get upset or say a negative word about anyone or anything. Truly missed!
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Beanz, you're gonna have to post a thread with pictures of puppies or kittens soon to cancel out all the bad news you've been posting up.
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Beanz, you're gonna have to post a thread with pictures of puppies or kittens soon to cancel out all the bad news you've been posting up.
Tell me about it!
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No joke, Beanz. Here I've been looking forward to coming down for a GMR or SART ride with you....but I may be reconsidering!

Sorry for your losses. Cancer SUCKS!
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Sorry for all of your losses Beanz and Gina. Hang in there, time will heal the wounds. Like your Father in Law told you, stay on the bike.
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Hi Beanz, so sorry to hear that Boyd passed. I knew Boyd, as a matter of fact, you and Gina introduced him to me. I can attest to your testimony about Boyd being a total gentleman. He was always pleasant to chat with, and true, I never heard him say any negative thing about anybody.

Please pass my condolences to his wife, and I pray God provide his family with succour and the fortitude and strength to bear his loss.

Yes, those pictures you posted is how I remember Boyd, always with a smile.
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My condolences to Boyd family, I met him many years ago & ride with him some times, he indeed was a very nice gentleman
Beanz thank you for keeping us informed
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No joke, Beanz. Here I've been looking forward to coming down for a GMR or SART ride with you....but I may be reconsidering!

Sorry for your losses. Cancer SUCKS!
Thank you! As Boyd always had a great sense of humor, he'd be the first to tell ya to avoid riding with me for a while.
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Sorry for all of your losses Beanz and Gina. Hang in there, time will heal the wounds. Like your Father in Law told you, stay on the bike.
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Hi Beanz, so sorry to hear that Boyd passed. I knew Boyd, as a matter of fact, you and Gina introduced him to me. I can attest to your testimony about Boyd being a total gentleman. He was always pleasant to chat with, and true, I never heard him say any negative thing about anybody.

Please pass my condolences to his wife, and I pray God provide his family with succour and the fortitude and strength to bear his loss.

Yes, those pictures you posted is how I remember Boyd, always with a smile.
Thanks Jed! I did send his wife an email stating all his friends at the coast have, and will continue to miss him.
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My condolences to Boyd family, I met him many years ago & ride with him some times, he indeed was a very nice gentleman
Beanz thank you for keeping us informed
Thanks Alex, I hate to do this type of informing post but Boyd will be missed by his friends.
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