Barbara J. Boyd

Barbara Jean Schnurr Boyd passed away peacefully at home on August 1, 2022, in her 68th year.
Loving wife of Roger Boyd. Survived by sisters Mary Ellen (Erling), Cathy (Hans), and Patricia, brothers Dale (Laura) and David (Veronica), and many wonderful nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Jack and Evelyn (Mortimer), and brothers Stephen and John.
Barb was born in Walkerton and moved with the family to Shallow Lake during high school. She studied in the Fashion Design program at Ryerson for one year, then returned to the Owen Sound area to work at the Co-operators Insurance, eventually becoming a life underwriter. She and Roger married in 1980, and they moved to Woodstock in 1982. Barb returned to school while there, earning a diploma as a Developmental Service Worker. That led to employment at the Oxford Regional Centre until its closure in 1996. She continued to work in social services in Woodstock, Hamilton, and Brantford until her retirement in 2016.
Her large extended family was very important to her, and she enjoyed the family reunions and hosting and visiting a wide variety of relatives. Always an avid sewer, Barb made numerous items for family and friends, and quilts for Victoria’s Quilts. With a large property in Burgessville, Barb created and maintained many beautiful flower beds, and harvested vegetables to be eaten fresh or cooked, canned or pickled.
She and Roger enjoyed camping, cycling, and hiking. They travelled often, visiting all ten provinces, many states, Cuba regularly, and other places including Europe, Chile, and Viet Nam.
Our thanks to all of the Health Care workers who have seen Barb over the past two years, and to all of her relatives and friends who provided support.
According to Barb’s wishes, there will be no funeral service; Barb's ashes will rest at the Walkerton Cemetery. 
Anyone wishing to make a donation in Barb’s memory may consider Victoria’s Quilts, or the charity of their choice.
Wareing Cremation Services, 225 Norwich Ave., Woodstock, Ontario has been entrusted with Final Arrangements.
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  • I met Barb at Victoria’s Quilts and always enjoyed spending time quilting with her. She was a lovely lady and so enjoyable to be with.

    Wendy West
  • Roger. So sorry to see that Barbara passed away. I remember her at HPSS get togethers. She was so pleasant and easy to talk to, as are you. My sincere sympathy. Linda

    Linda Myers
  • Roger. Lorraine informed me of your wife’s passing recently and I just want to express my condolences. I would love to hear from you if you are so inclined. I still treasure the photograph you gave me taken in Five Islands.

    Joyce E Canning
  • My most sincere condolences to all. Barb will be missed by many.

  • I’m so very saddened to hear of Barb’s passing. I have many fond memories as friends as well as co workers. Please accept my deepest condolences Roger.

    Karen Chambers
  • Roger and family; I was a colleague of Barb’s for a number of years in Brantford at Ontario Works and Housing. Barb and I had some wonderful chats; loved to hear her stories about her family and her travels to Cuba, especially; we loved to discuss our favourite TV show, the Y & R….. what a funny funny lady with a huge heart. I’m sure there is a huge hole in the lives of her loved ones. RIP Barb xoxo

    Anne DeRosse
  • Roger
    Terry and I are very sorry to hear of the passing of Barb. We have fond memories of the old Lacrosse Days when we all got together.

    Terry & Sue King
  • So sorry to see another cousin has passed away, Barb’s family has my deepest sympathy. may God grant you peace and wonderful memories to hold on to.
    Blessings Bill.

    Bill Uhrig
  • To Barb’s family. I’m so sorry to hear of Barb’s passing. We both lived in Shallow Lake and attended West Hill. Thinking of you at this sad time.

    June David (Shipley)
  • Such a lovely photo of Barb, with the wind in her hair and a smile…
    To Roger and Barb’s family, please accept our deepest of sympathies for your loss, You are in our thoughts and prayers, Rose K. and Charles S.

    Rose Karlinski
  • I’m so sorry to hear of Barb’s passing. We worked along side each other since 2001 era she at Ontario Works Brant and me at Six Nations. We became good friends even after she retired and I moved on. I was just thinking about her a few weeks ago. I enjoyed her energy, our conversations, all the stories she shared with me on her travels especially viet nam. She was telling me about her quilting group she took part in I believe it was like an on-line group with people from all over. She loved that. She reached out to me when when the little children’s graves were discovered in this residential school discoveries. Man we had some very personal and private chats to support each other in things we went through. She often talked of her husband and her family members in Walkerton. Rest east my friend. i will always remember you and thankful for all you were. Your friend Laurie.

    Laurie Miller
  • So sorry to hear of Barb’s passing. Our paths crossed while working at Social Services. She was a caring and kind person. My condolences to the family.

    Kate Moulton
  • Sincere condolences to you Roger and to the family and her friends. I was very saddened to hear of Barb s death.She was a multi-talented person who used her gifts to make this world a better place.You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Joan Schnurr
  • Hi Roger,
    I had the pleasure of working with Barb (right across the hall!) for two years prior to her retirement. Barb was my ray of sunshine in our dark and windowless office and I feel so honoured to have so many positive memories and moments with her. I think of Barb on a regular basis and will continue to do so. I am so grateful for the time I did have with her. Roger- I am so sorry for your loss. Your wife was truly an amazing woman and loved by so many.

  • Dear Roger. I just learned of Barb’s passing. I’m so sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and her family. I have fond memories of Barb. Renée Leclair

    Renée Leclair
  • Please accept my deepest sympathy on Barb’s passing. I hold many cherished memories of the time we worked together at Ontario Works. She was so kind and compassionate. It was a vocation not a job to Barb. Please know she touched many lives and brought light and hope to them. A gift to us all.
    In friendship
    Jo Cupoli Atanas

    Josephine Atanas
  • I am so very sad to hear of Barb’s passing. I worked with Barb in Brantford, she was my office buddy, or as I called her, my Barbarelly. I will forever cherish her words of wisdom, her endless support when I needed it, our morning Keurig coffee making in our little office cubes, and our ongoing laughter through our office doors throughout the work day. She will be dearly missed, as she was loved and appreciated by so many! Sending much strength and love to her family and friends.

    Jessa Munro
  • Life is full of challenges, and what you taught me was the resiliency of humanity. Through all you went through the last two years, you continues to care and love, trying to help others manage their own pain. You live on through these.cherished memories. Until we meet again.

    Chris Schnurr
  • Sorry to hear of your loss Roger.

    David Hynes
  • Roger and family, we are so sorry to hear about Barb. Out thoughts and prayers are with you 🙏

    Cam and Deenna Roberts
  • We were deeply saddened to learn of Barb’s passing. Last spoke with Barb prior to passing of brother John and she seamed quite concerned with his physical & mental health at the time, as would be her character. Barb was a caring and loving person and will be missed. Our sincere condolences to Roger, brothers & sisters & their families.

    Bob & Gale Bogdon
  • So sorry to learn of Barb’s passing. Looking up to Barb as an older cousin, I was always struck by a sense of calmness and thoughtfulness. She will be missed by so many- my condolences to Roger and the rest of the family

    clare schnurr
  • I am blessed for Barb and I shared a friendship for over 42 years when I was her underwriting clerk at Cooperators where we became fast friends – Barb was so ahead of her time,,,she was adamant to get rid of single use plastics back when it wasn’t cool every day her vision is instilled in me ……when they ask me if I want/need/buy a plastic a bag my good friend Barbs face pops in my conscious “no one NEEDS a plastic bag” and I juggle my armload to my vehicle with a smile! No more burning petroleum based fragrance candles here at my house no way——Barb carefully educated me on their evils and I am no longer just burning $ and toxins in jars! I always admired her creativity,,I watched her make her own darn wedding dress, I watched her make lots of things and a lot of them she taught me! She taught me to knit, crochet and I have her to thank for my love of quilting! She had the patience of a saint in her teaching me my hobbies! She could do anything and she did anything extremely well!!! Driving to Toronto in her blue dart/swinger she called “The Buggy” the first time she drove on the 401 was a trip I’ll never forget—her short legs had her pretty much sitting on the dash, knuckles white on the steering wheel but she was focused and we got there and back safe and sound. Drinking red wine and Jimmy Buffett are also a couple of habits I credit her for -well and the smoking (she didn’t make me) but we both came to our senses there!!! She was a wonderful cook a foodie I’d say because she loved to try new things. Going to a restaurant with Barb was fun always a story about a food she tried somewhere on her travels.
    Barb had a great love for her family while I only met or knew a couple of her siblings pI met her parents and I felt I knew all of you from her wonderful family stories – she always shared wonderful family memories. She also shared the tough times through her moms Illness and loss of her parents and brothers – she was proud of you all an loved you immensely.
    Well Rog you were absolutely the best partner for my friend Barb, you two were a wonderful combination – you were everything to her. I am truly sorry for your loss you two were right for each other.
    I will cherish all our memories – ,, I will pour some red, crank some Jimmy Buffett and shed some tears for Barb a wonderful friend who I admired and loved. May she rest pain free at peace.❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

    Nancy Peer Lalani
  • Sorry to hear of Barb’s passing. She was such a loving person and adored family.
    She will be missed by all who knew her.
    Sending hugs and prayers your way.

    Cathy Helwig
  • Our deepest condolences on the loss of your wife.

    Tom & Tini Ovington
  • Roger: Sending our Deepest Condolences on the passing of Your Loving Wife Barb. Just know that you have friends that care about You at this very difficult time. TAKE CARE Don& PAT BRUCE

    Don & Pat Bruce
  • So sorry to hear abut your loss. Greg Wilson reached out with the sad news today. I still remember having a dark brew with you and your wife in Beachville (or close) a long time ago!

    Norm and Betty Ryder
  • Roger, so sorry to hear of Barb’s passing! Thinking of you during this difficult time.

    Lots of love

    Jill Demers
  • Sending you, Roger, a lot of healing hugs. My memoirs of Barb are, she always did things her way, she was a very strong woman and will be deeply missed. Bless her heart.

    Janet Schnurr
  • Heartfelt condolences to Roger and family. Barb and I had many great conversations about travel destinations and gardening. Growing up in the same town was a neat connection and becoming neighbours and friends was truly a destiny. Her struggles for her health in these last years was so completely devastating and we wished we could have helped. Daniela and I will miss you and remember you forever.

    Andy Slosser
  • Roger, I was very sorry to read of your loss in Barbara’s passing. She was a pleasant and friendly hostess when you folks entertained the WFN at your home. May your treasured memories comfort you at this very sad time.

    Bernice Marsland
  • It is with sadness that I heard of Barb’s passing. She always brought a bright smile and interesting conversation to the Schnurr family reunions and her steady, calm demeanour will be missed. Her legacy and her memory will live on in the lives of who she touched.

    Anne Schnurr
  • Our deepest condolences to Roger and Barbs family. I remember Barb taking her evening walks and sometimes she would stop if I was outside and we would have some lovely chats. She was a beautiful lady.

    Ann Horinga
  • Barb you are no longer here with us but your heavenly star
    will shine brightly in our hearts and the sky. 💫
    Rest In Peace dear sister

    Cathy van Gennip
  • Roger & Family, please allow me to extend my deepest sympathies at this very sad time

    Bob Baird Jr
  • Roger. So very sorry for your loss of Barb. Enjoy the memories of all the great times you had together. Thinking of you at this sad time. Ted/Carol

    Ted/Carol Vleuten

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