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Jan. 9, 1934 – June 13, 2013

John “Jack” Boyd, the father of local attorney and former Channel 7 reporter Steve Boyd, died Thursday in Mercy Hospital after dealing with coronary problems. He was 79.

Mr. Boyd was born in Buffalo and played football at Burgard Vocational High School. He grew up near the Erie Canal, in a neighborhood known as the Hooks, on Buffalo’s waterfront. Mr. Boyd remained passionate about the neighborhood all his life, family members said, and he constantly monitored the waterfront developments. He served in the peacetime Army during the late 1950s.

Mr. Boyd, who lived in Orchard Park, worked 38 years for telephone companies, beginning at Western Electric, installing telephone equipment. He later was employed the New York Telephone Co. and AT&T, as a telephone engineer.

He is survived by his wife, the former Peggy Pezzimenti; two sons, John and Steve; and two daughters, Nicole Boyd and Dina Santos.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 2950 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park.