Former Hunters Hill Mayor Arthur Francis Boyd was farwelled at a Mass of Thanksgiving at the Church of St Peter Chanel Hunters Hill
The church was packed with family, friends and well wishers with the service officiated by Fr Kevin Bates SM assisted by Fr Willy Melteras SM with organist Gabrielle Woodcock.
Arthur passed away on Friday September 18 aged 91. He is survived by his wife of 61 years Ronda nee Timbrell and their five children Felicity, Martin, Gabrielle, Nicholas and Damien and their spouses and twelve grandchildren Elise, Madeleine, Jacqueline, Lucienne, Harrison, Alexandra, Lachlan, Bridget, Seamus, Michael, Maxwell and Jonathan.
Arthur was born in Waverley and attended Waverley College won a bursary to study engineering at University of Sydney achieving his degree in 1945.
While a dedicated student Arthur was throughout his life a very social person and during his University days enjoyed many of the pleasures of Sydney largely through membership of the Catholic Youth Organisation CYO.
On one occasion surfing at Palm Beach he rescued three younger children from the surf which was reported in the Daily Telegraph which Arthur typically humbly derided as ‚Äúnewspaper sensationalism‚Äù.
His first job was with the Commonwealth Experimental Building Station and later Sydney City Council.
He was active in community and church affairs and in 1955 joined NSW Electricity Commission and in 1966 started his own business Arthur Boyd Constructions Pty Ltd plus later A-1 Concrete.
In 1976 he purchased the Commercial Hotel at Liverpool and became a publican until 1980 when he became Executive Officer of the Institution of Engineers Sydney Division.
In retirement he served on Hunters Hill Council for four years including being the 56th Mayor in 1998.
Eulogy was presented jointly by children Felicity Crothers, Martin Boyd and Damien Boyd with the grandchildren sharing the readings and prayers and offertory procession.
Burial service was at St Anthony‚Äôs Lawn Cemetery in the Field of Mars, Ryde.