Brian there when ‘needed’

Trib­utes flow for cap­tain of Casino res­cue squad

The Northern Star - - NEWS - JAS­MINE BURKE Jas­mine.Burke@north­ern­star.com.au

BRIAN Sa­muel Boyd will be re­mem­bered as a car­ing and ac­tive mem­ber of the com­mu­nity who “al­ways had the time for any­one who needed it”.

Born on Au­gust 20, 1952, the born and bred Casino res­i­dent led a life of self­less­ness, ac­cord­ing to his friends and fam­ily.

Brian was the ac­tive cap­tain of the Casino Res­cue Squad when he passed away on Thurs­day, April 12, at Lis­more Base Hos­pi­tal.

The youngest of four sib­lings, he is sur­vived by his wife Daphne, two chil­dren Alan and Katie and his grand­chil­dren, Au­drey and Harry.

He joined the res­cue squad when it started in 1980, and was a qual­i­fied road res­cue op­er­a­tor, trained in mul­ti­ple as­pects of res­cue and was a North Coast rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

Fel­low mem­ber and life­long friend Noel Ball said Brian was a well-known man who would help peo­ple in the com­mu­nity.

“If some­body needed some­thing he’d be there,” he said.

Brian re­ceived a Cit­i­zen of the Year award in 2008, brav­ery awards, and a Red Cross blood do­na­tion award for giv­ing 100 do­na­tions over 25 years.

But one of the for­mer me­chanic’s loves was cars and he will also be re­mem­bered for his con­tri­bu­tion to Bor­der­line Street Rod­ders, which he helped form in 1990.

The group is known for their do­na­tions to com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Pres­i­dent Craig Nolan said Brian’s love of cars “made him a very knowl­edge­able per­son re­gard­ing any­thing with four wheels”.

But he said if he didn’t know some­thing “he could al­ways tell a good story”.

“Brian has a wicked sense of hu­mour that some­times got him in trou­ble but he also had an in­fal­li­ble sense of com­mu­nity,” Mr Nolan said in a Face­book post.

When he died, Brian was part­way through build­ing a 32 coupe, but his fam­ily is mak­ing sure it is fin­ished in mem­ory of the “all-round handy­man”.

“He loved tin­ker­ing and pot­ter­ing around,” Brian’s son Alan said.

“Nine times out of 10 you’d find him in his shed tin­ker­ing around, nor­mally with the hot rods.

“The hot-rod­ding was a big part of our lives (grow­ing up).”

Alan said his dad was a “car­ing, fun and lov­ing father” and a “lar­rikin” who “al­ways had the time for fam­ily”.

The Boyd fam­ily in­vites the com­mu­nity to at­tend the fu­neral on to­mor­row at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Casino at 11am.

In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions to Casino Res­cue Squad would be ap­pre­ci­ated.

Photo: Colleen Ba­con

COM­MU­NITY MOURN­ING: For­mer Rich­mond Val­ley Cit­i­zen of the Year Brian Boyd passed away at Lis­more Base Hos­pi­tal last week.

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