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Born: Nov 05, 1934

Date of Passing: May 11, 2023

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It is with deep sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Lloyd George Boden on Thursday, May 11, 2023.
He was predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Eleanor Boden; sister Barbara Rocan; brother Ross Boden; sister-in-law Mildred Reid; brothers-in-law William Burke, Lionel Rocan, Ken Harrison and Barry Johnson; and his faithful dog Sasha.
He will be deeply missed by his sister, Linda Harrison (John Van Dasselaar), sister-in-law Lauri Boden, numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and his special friends at Qualicum Beach.
Lloyd was born in Winnipeg on November 5, 1934 to parents, Walter and Ruth Boden and was always proud of his Swedish heritage. He was also very proud of the fact that he and Eleanor were born on the same day at the same hospital. Their mothers had side-by-side beds and Lloyd was born eight minutes before Eleanor. Fate brought them together when they reconnected as teenagers and were married in 1956.
Having grown up in a musical family, music had always been a part of Lloyd’s life. He especially loved Harry Belafonte and after attending many of his concerts with backstage meetings, Lloyd became good friends with him. Lloyd’s family had many family gatherings, and he spent a lot of fun times with his cousins, especially Richard, who was like a brother to him. Lloyd and Eleanor enjoyed playing cards with family and friends and many of those evenings involved ordering pizza, Lloyd’s favourite food. Lloyd had curled for many years and was very involved with the Heather Curling Club, holding positions as President and Past President. He was an avid sports fan, especially curling and baseball, which were some of his favourites to watch.
Lloyd’s full-time employment with Royal Dairies began in 1950. However, his association with the dairies went back further than that. His father worked in home delivery at Royal Dairies, and at around 12 years old Lloyd began helping his father on his milk route on Saturdays. By 1948 Lloyd was working at the dairies part-time while going to school. In 1950 he began working full-time at Royal Dairies, mostly in production. In 1953 Lloyd started work in home delivery as a relief driver and shortly thereafter was given his own route. In 1964 Lloyd began working in the office performing various duties in sales accounting and month-end reporting. He had a strong numerical aptitude and good business sense and by 1974 became Sales Manager for Royal Dairies, a position he held until 1978. In 1978 Beatrice decided to close Royal Dairies and Lloyd was transferred to Medo-Land Dairy Products where he managed the Cheese Division for Beatrice until he retired in 1999.
In 1995 Lloyd and Eleanor purchased their retirement home in Qualicum Beach in B.C. Eleanor had retired the year before, so Lloyd spent several years commuting from Winnipeg to B.C. until his retirement. They spent many happy years together there and enjoyed their backyard oasis where Lloyd tended to his roses. They both loved nature and enjoyed walks on the beach and the beautiful trails in Qualicum Beach. After Eleanor’s passing, Lloyd and their devoted dog Sasha continued their daily walks along the ocean and met up with many friends along the way. Throughout the years, Lloyd and Eleanor traveled extensively including Europe and Hawaii, but their favourite destination was Barbados, where they traveled frequently. They made many friends during their travels and kept in touch with them throughout the years.
Lloyd was well respected by family and friends. He was a kind, caring person who always saw the good in people. He especially loved his home life and was a devoted husband to the love of his life Eleanor. He enjoyed meeting new people and was always interested in their stories. His amazing memory and attention to detail made him a great storyteller. Lloyd was a very special man who will be missed by all who knew him.
The family would like to thank the wonderful nurses and staff at Eagle Park Health Care Facility in Qualicum Beach for their compassionate care during his stay there. In keeping with Lloyd’s love for animals, donations may be made in his memory to the BC SPCA Parksville–Qualicum Beach Branch or an animal charity or rescue of your choice.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 27, 2023

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