Nancy C. Boyd (Sharkey)

BOYD, Nancy Carol (nee Sharkey) 

Nancy Carol Boyd (nee Sharkey) died in hospital Saturday, October 27, 2018, at the age of 78, surrounded by her family.  The daughter of William Sharkey and Mary Miller, she had three younger brothers, William (Ann), Robert (Charlotte), and Gavin (Brenda).  She received her RN from the Civic Hospital nursing school in 1960, and practiced her compassionate nursing skills in several hospitals and nursing homes.  Her true calling, though, was to be the spouse of a United Church minster.  Married happily for 55 years to Don Boyd (Rev. Dr.), the two shared in more than 35 years of happy and fulfilling ministry.  She was the loving mother of three — Melanie (Shawn), Kirk (Jenny), and Scott (Lauren) – and loved their spouses as she did her own offspring.  She had special love for her six grandchildren Patrick, Kendra, Carra, Aerial, Nelaya, and Anthony, and was ecstatic at the recent arrival of her first great-grandchild Cormac, born to Kendra and Will.  Her family remembers the many family dinners, when as many as 20 or more persons would gather around the table in the Boyd home for a festive meal.  Sunday evenings, Boxing Day, Christmas stocking opening parties, Easter egg hunts, Chinese New Year – these would all provide the opportunity for these happy gatherings.  Nancy loved to travel, and she and Don shared in many exciting trips and holidays with good friends, and with family.  A person of great energy, she was slowed down only by her failing body which succumbed to medical problems brought on by her Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. 

Friends may call at the Garden Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 3440 Richmond Rd., Nepean on Tuesday, November 6, from 2 to 4 pm, and 6 to 8 pm.  A worship service to celebrate her life will take place in Glen Cairn United Church, 140 Abbeyhill, Kanata, on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 2:00 pm, with a time of conversation and fellowship to follow in the church Fellowship Hall.  If you wish, memorial donations may be made to UNHCR, or to the Ottawa Hospital, or to a charity of your choice.  Tributes, condolences and donations may be made at  


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  1. Dear Don and family,
    I was sorry to read of Nancy’s passing in the paper yesterday. My deepest sympathy goes out to all of you.This morning at my church now in Stittsville Rev Dillenbeck remembered you in the prayers.Cherish all the memories that you have.

    Mary Roe

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