Boyd Lawrence Cain

29/12/1933 - 18/03/2021

Obituary For Boyd Lawrence Cain

December 29, 1933- March 18, 2021

Boyd Cain, resident of Spirit River, Alberta passed away peacefully on Thursday March 18, 2021 at the Central Peace Health Complex at the age of 87 years.

Boyd was born December 29, 1933 in Meadow Lake Hospital, 4th child of Perl and Mildred Cain. He was raised on the family farm first known as Island Hill, 20 miles NE of Meadow Lake, SK.

Boyd was an ambitious, determined man. He drove truck his entire career. Boyd and Faye bought a farm 7 miles NE of Spirit River and moved there in the fall of 1974. Boyd and Faye started their trucking company in the fall of 1987.

Boyd kept working, selling off equipment in spring 2005. They built a house in Spirit River and moved there in April 2006.
Boyd enjoyed fishing, golfing, cards, computer games, bar-b-q’s, and visits with his children, 18 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. He enjoyed travelling; he visited Yellowstone National Park, Colorado, spent 3 weeks in Mesa, CA, went on a Palm Springs Bus Tour, saw Niagra Falls, and Campbell River, BC.

He will be sadly missed by his wife of 50 years, Faye; daughters Donna (Ken) Grubisich, and Heather Allery; sons William, Robin (Holly), Brad (Darlene), Conrad (Nikki), and Trevor (Kelly); 18 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; siblings Lillian, Eleanor, Maryan (Carl), Roy (Anne), Dennis (Cherlyn), John (Debbie), Allan (Alice), as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Boyd was predeceased by his parents Perl and Mildred Cain, eldest son Robert, brothers James, and David, sister Sharon, brothers-in-law Clarence Zimmer, Andy McKenzie, and two nephews Dale McKenzie, and Chris Cain.

A Memorial Service for Boyd will be held on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 11:30 am at Bear Creek Funeral Home. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, attendance is by invitation only.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Central Peace Hospital Auxiliary (PO Box 866, Spirit River AB T0H 3G0).

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742




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What is a funeral?

A funeral is a ceremony for a deceased person prior to burial or cremation. A funeral gives the opportunity for family and friends of the deceased to gather and mourn the passing of their loved one, to share cherished memories and celebrate their life. A funeral is a vital first step to help the bereaved heal after the loss of someone special.

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Embalming sanitizes and preserves the body; it also slows down the decomposition process and enhances the appearance of the body damaged by traumatic death or illness. Embalming gives time to the family of the deceased to arrange a service, and allows the family the option of having an open-casket viewing.

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The cost of the funeral varies depending on the wishes you have. The average cost of a funeral is between $5,000-$7,000, however, it varies greatly depending on the kind of service you desire. In general, cremation tends to cost less than burial. The costs include professional services including transportation, embalming and other preparations, the use of a facility for the ceremony, and the purchase of a casket or urn.

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Of course you can, in fact, more and more people are opting for a more non-traditional personalized service. There is no right or wrong way to celebrate somebody’s life. There are many unique ways to celebrate life, let the funeral director know exactly what your desires are and they will honour your wishes.

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