Former mayor of Weston dies

PUBLISHED: 13:00 23 July 2011

Francis Boyd

Francis Boyd

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AN 'INSPIRATIONAL' former Weston mayor has died at the age of 83.

AN ‘INSPIRATIONAL’ former Weston mayor has died at the age of 83.

Francis Boyd, known by his friends and family as Frank moved to Weston in 1954 from Oxford.

He arrived in Weston as a political agent for the Labour party and would help prepare for elections.

Having been Weston’s deputy mayor, he became mayor from 1965-1966 and opened the Weston Crematorium in Worle when it was first built.

He married his wife Joyce in 1955 and they lived in Palmer Street.

Joyce, aged 83, said: “He was a passionate mayor.

“When he believed in something he was really passionate about it.

“He loved Weston and called this his home more than Oxford.”

For 20 years from 1964 he worked at the Grand Atlantic Hotel until he became manager for Weston’s Richmond Hotel in Park Place.

He then retired in 1994 and enjoyed looking after his family, gardening and continuing his interest in politics.

Apart from his wife, Francis left a daughter, three grandchildren, four nieces and a nephew.

Granddaughter of Francis, Natalie Crennell, aged 34, said: “He was inspirational as a Granddad and I am proud to have had him in my life.

“A lot of people don’t have that opportunity with their grandparents.”

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