Jimmie L. Boyd, who had served the Blessed Trinity Parish Community as their Deacon since 2008, passed from death into eternal life on January 20, 2016 at the age of seventy-five. His Mass of Christian Burial and “homecoming” were celebrated in the church on Saturday, January 23, and he was laid to rest at Ridgelawn Cemetery in Cheektowaga, NY.
On Friday evening, January 22, members of the diocesan Deacon Community gathered at Blessed Trinity and led mourners in praying and singing the Church’s official Office of the Dead.
Deacon Boyd was ordained a Permanent Deacon of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo on September 20, 1992. Prior to the 2008 parish merger that brought him to Blessed Trinity, he had served as a deacon at the former St. Mary of Sorrows, St. James and St. Gerard parishes.
In addition to the services he provided as a deacon, Deacon Boyd was also a dedicated community volunteer. He devoted many years to the Men’s Fellowship of the Little Portion Friary, mentoring men in temporary residence there. He was also a long-time volunteer at the Helping Hands Food Pantry and a valued bingo worker at both Blessed Trinity and St. Gerard’s.
Deacon Jimmie was a Life Member of the NAACP, a sign of his commitment to the mission of the century-old civil rights organization. A Resolution from Buffalo Chapter President Frank B. Mesiah honoring Deacon Boyd was read as part of Saturday’s funeral service.
A former employee of the Ford Stamping Plant, Deacon Boyd was also a business owner of Boyd & Brown Construction.
Deacon Boyd is survived by his wife of fifty-three years, Maxine Grayson Boyd; his three children, Jimmie L., Jr. (Charlisa), Kim (Kenneth, Sr.) Harris and Kyle Boyd; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two brothers, Herman (Gloria) and Albert (Earline) Boyd; and two sisters Juliette Graves and Dr. Bess (Wilbert) Stewart.