Justice Clifford Earl BOYD

Male 1925 - 2009  (83 years)

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  • Name Clifford Earl BOYD 
    Prefix Justice 
    Born 25 Aug 1925 
    Gender Male 
    Died 13 Jun 2009  Mindemoya, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 17 Jun 2009  Kagawong Cedars Cemetery, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I6111  Manitoulin Roots
    Last Modified 4 Sep 2018 

    Father George Russell BOYD,   b. 19 Oct 1902, Billings Township, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Sep 1970, Mindemoya, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Mother May Florence MACDONNELL,   b. 9 Aug 1904, Nairn Centre, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Apr 1933, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 28 years) 
    Married 1925 
    Family ID F9542  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Living 
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    Last Modified 31 Aug 2009 
    Family ID F6131  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Dorothy Hopkins Addison Scrapbook (green ledger) transcribed by Marilyn Irish
      Magistrate Boyd (handwritten 1958)
      Word has been received in Gore Bay of the appointment of Mr. Clifford E. Boyd, Barrister, etc., as Magistrate for the District of Manitoulin, and judge of the Juvenile court of the District of Manitoulin.
      Mr. Boyd was called to the Bar on June 21st, 1951.

      Article, uncited
      Magistrate C. Boyd To Go To Sault Ste. Marie
      On January 3rd, Magistrate Clifford Boyd left Gore Bay to assume new duties as Magistrate for the Sault Ste. Marie district. He will be succeeded, for the present, by Magistrate Anthony Falzetta, of Sudbury.
      Gore Bay will be indeed sorry to lose Magistrate Boyd, for he is a local boy who left Gore Bay to join the army at seventeen, and returned to open legal practice.
      His new post will be demanding for the court at Sault Ste. Marie handles 13,000 cases each year. Magistrate Boyd has been handling 1,000 cases a year in one and half days of sitting each week on the Island.
      Things happened very rapidly, for Clifford Boyd when he was discharged from the army at twenty. He entered law school with some 300 other veterans, and was called to the bar with this huge class on June 21st, 1951. He married Elizabeth Martin of Toronto the following day, and on June 28th, 1951, opened his doors for practice in Gore Bay. On December 15th, 1958 at 33, he was appointed to the bench as Deputy Magistrate, making him one of the few to be honoured so young. In July of this year he was made magistrate, and has been acting on this position up to the present time. Just over a month ago, he was invited by Sault Ste. Marie to undertake full time court duties there.
      Clifford Boyd's remarkable progress is based upon an avid interest in the law, and the criminal mind. He told us that he has always been keenly interested in criminal law, and that his appointment to the Sault Ste. Marie courts will give him the opportunity to practice in this field full time.
      We asked his views on the move afoot, backed by liberal thinkers, to abolish penal institutions and expand forensic clinics and probation services. He termed himself "a-middle-of-the-roader" in these areas. His oath requires him to uphold the law, but he can within its framework, temper his sentences to the nature of the crime and the offender. He has great faith in probation services and forensic clinics, but feels that there are cases where there is no alternative to the prison sentence
      We wish Magistrate Clifford Boyd well. He is of the new generation of legal administrators. He wants to protect society, but he also wants to assist in the rehabilitation of the offender. Both these objectives are wroth-equally worthy!
      -from Gore Bay Recorder

      Article, uncited, Beige Scrapbook by Mrs. Nelson Rowe, transcribed by Marilyn Irish
      The Manitoulin Recorder, August 10, 1988
      Judge Boyd retires from bench
      By Heather McShane
      Judge Clifford Boyd announced his retirement from the bench on July 12, 1988, after almost thirty years as an active magistrate and judge in the province of Ontario.
      Judge Boyd had been on sick leave since May 1987. He had hopes of returning to the bench this summer, but when this did not prove possible he announced his retirement from his position as a magistrate and provincial court judge in Sault Ste. Marie.
      He was born in 1925 on Manitoulin Island where he remained until enlisting in the Canadian Army during the Second World War. He served three years with the Royal Canadian Engineers before he finished high school. He entered the Veterans Rehabilitation School in Toronto after his discharge at the age of nineteen. When he finished high school he served four years at a Toronto law firm as an articling law student before graduating from Osgoode Hall law school in 1951.
      Judge Boyd operated a law practice in Gore Bay and was appointed magistrate and juvenile court judge in the district of Manitoulin in 1958. On January 1, 1965 he was appointed to the bench as magistrate and provincial court judge in Sault Ste. Marie.
      The Sault had only two provincial court judges, James Greco and Wayne Cohen, while Judge Boyd was on sick leave. The two judges were assisted by other judges called in from outside the Algoma area but the case load began to back up during Judge Boyd's absence.
      The Judge has been very involved with the Sault Community. He is a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Anglican Church. He was a past-president of the Rotary, chairman of the Friendship Games; and a director of the local hockey league as well as a Masonry past-master.
      As well as being involved with community groups, the Judge has been involved with the Provincial Judges Association of Ontario (Criminal Division) as a past-president. He is a director of the Ken Brown Recovery Home for Alcoholics.
      Judge Boyd is an enthusiastic hunter and enjoys boating and fishing. He intends to divide his time, now that he is retired, between his home in the Sault and his cottage in Kagawong.
      Judge Boyd and his wife Elizabeth have three children, two sons and a daughter. Stephen Boyd is a lawyer and lives in Edmonton, Alberta; Doug Boyd is a policeman in Sudbury; their daughter Terri Elgie, is married and lives in Gore Bay.

      Obituary, Manitoulin Expositor, June 17, 2009
      The Manitoulin West Recorder, June 19, 2009
      August 15, 1925 - June 13, 2009
      In loving memory of Justice Clifford Earle Boyd who passed away peacefully with his family by his side at the Mindemoya Hospital at the age of 83. Dear husband of Elizabeth for 58 years and father of Stephen (Linda), Terri (Bob Elgie) and Douglas (Diane). Loving granddad of Bill, Melissa and Matt Elgie and Stefanie, Andrew and Geoffrey Boyd. Cliff is the son of the late George Boyd of Gore Bay and Florence McDonell and later step-son of Betty Boyd. Brother of Michael (Sharon), Donald (Dawn) and Patricia Tossell. He is also survived by his special cousins and many nieces and nephews. Cliff joined the army at the young age of 17 and at the end of the war continued on to finish his education. He graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto in 1951, graduating in the top 10 of his class. After returning to Manitoulin Island he opened his law practice in Gore Bay and in 1965 was appointed a judge of the Provincial Court Criminal Division in Sault Ste Marie. He was the president of the Provincial Association of Ontario Judges (Criminal Division) in 1972-1973. Cliff retired in 1989. He and Elizabeth moved back to Manitoulin Island and remained there until his death. Cliff had been a member of many organizations over the years and was an avid sportsman. He loved his fishing and boating years and the fall deer hunt. Curling was enjoyed but his great passion was golfing. Friends called at Culgin Funeral home on Tuesday, June 16 from 2 - 4 pm and 7 - 9 pm. The funeral service will be conducted at the Wm. G. Turner Chapel on Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 11 am with Rev. Beth Topps officiating. Interment at Kagawong Cedars Cemetery. If so desired, donations may be made to the All Saints Anglican Church, the Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.