Brethren it is with great sorrow that we note the passing of another Masonic Stalwart, Wor Bro Joseph Boyd, who was Called Home peacefully on the evening of Wednesday the 25th January 2017. Joe was the founder initiate in Kilwaughter Masonic Lodge No 762, and recently got his 50 year jewel,on the night that the Lodge celebrated its fiftieth Anniversary. Joe was a keen Mason, and was also a Member of Olive Lodge No 467 Doagh.In 2015 he had been given the rank of Honorary Provincial Grand Lodge Steward of The Provincial Grand Lodge of Antrim.
In his private life Joe had been a son of the Soil, farming for many years at Roadside Farm on the hills above Kilwaughter. Joe and Mildred were always very welcoming to visitors, and once you were in Hillside Farm, it could occasionally take some time before you got back out again. I say this in a good way, as Joe and Mildred were both excellent, welcoming and cheerful hosts. In recent years Joe retired and concentrated on his Masonry and was a familiar figure throughout the Province of Antrim. Mildred and He, on occasions would also come up north to the annual Cary and Dunluce Masonic Charity Breakfast, as the following photograph illustrates.
Joe will be buried tomorrow ( Saturday the 28th )in Kilwaughter Cemerary after a short funeral service in Kilwaughter Old Presbyterian Church which will start at 2.30pm. The family have asked that all donations be made to The Chest, Heart and Stroke Society in lieu of flowers, and if you wish to donate, then please send your donations to S & J Irvine, funeral directors of 48 Rashee Road, Ballyclare. I’m sure that you will all join with me, in expressing our sympathy to Mildred, Joseph jun, Karen and the rest of the family circle at this difficult time.
Joe was a character, a man outstanding in his own field, who will be missed by all who knew him, and particularly by The Family Circle. I always found him to be a man with a keen interest in our Masonic history, and a Brother who played his part in developing strong links between Stranraer Kilwinning Lodge and his Mother Lodge in Kilwaughter. I know, that he was particularly proud, when his son – Joe junior joined Kilwaughter, and followed his Masonic career with great interest.