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TAGS: Eileen Boyd; Jack Boyd
LOCATIONS: Canada; Scotland; United Kingdom
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Memoirs of Jack and Eileen Boyd, pioneers in Canada, covering the years 1960-2012. Includes recollections of travel, biographies of other Bahá'ís, and historical observations.

Jack Boyd memoirs

by Jack Boyd

edited by Gary Fuhrman and Jonah Winters
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1. Memories of Eileen:
Eileen Boyd passed away on 16 November 2004. This is Jack's tribute to her.
2. Memories of Yellowknife:
An account of the Boyd family pioneering to Yellowknife, NWT from 1965 until 1969
3. Pat Younger and Other Friends:
Some of young Jack's friends and adventures in Scotland (1953-57)
4. The Final Ascent, and The Wedding:
Jack's experience climbing Ben Nevis in Scotland (1956), and marriage to Eileen (1957)
5. Memories of Niagara Peninsula (1959-1965)
6. The Six Nations Track and Field Club (1962-65)
7. Eight Weeks Before the Mast:
Jack's experience working on an oil tanker (1957)
8. Robbie Boyd (Jack's father)
9. Arriving in Canada (1957-59)
10. Kids Say the Funniest Things
11. Chariots of Fire: The life of the Scottish runner Eric Liddell
12. Jim MacPhee: A Life Well Lived
13. World War II, According to Me
14. Memoirs: Mountain Climbing
15. A Twenty Dollar Trilogy
16. Athletic Experiences
17. The Story of Us
18. Eulogy, by Rob Boyd
Other memoirs:
1. Memories of Hands of the Cause of God: Zikrullah Khadem, John Robarts, and Tarazullah Samandari
2. The Road: Reflections on Scottish history
  1. Chapter One: The Birth of Scotland
  2. Chapter Two: Saint Patrick
  3. Chapter Three: William Wallace
  4. Chapter Four: Robert The Bruce
  5. Chapter Five: Rob Roy MacGregor


Jack and Eileen Boyd came to Canada from Scotland in 1957, became members of the Bahá'í Faith in 1960, and immediately started pioneering: to Niagara Falls, Niagara on the Lake, and Yellowknife in the North West Territories, where they served from 1965-1969. After leaving their pioneer post for health reasons, the Boyd family settled in Sudbury, Ontario. While helping to build up the Bahá'í communities in that area, the Boyds also traveled to Cuba, Iceland, Gibraltar, Scotland, Madeira, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Malta in service to the Faith.

As the turn of the century approached, Jack (with Eileen's encouragement) started writing down some of their experiences while raising four children and teaching the Faith. He also wrote some historical vignettes, including some about the early years of the Bahá'í Faith, aiming to catch the attention of readers in a doctor's or dentist's waiting room. These memoirs and stories are not only informative but entertaining and inspiring, pervaded as they are with Jack's deep faith, generous spirit and canny sense of humor.

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