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George Elroy Boyd - In Remembrance

August 04, 2020

George Elroy Boyd - In Remembrance

A submission from PARC member Juanita Peters: George Boyd gave African Nova Scotians' a true voice. His work gave audiences worldwide a sense of important conversation, thoughts and issues facing blacks on Canada's east coast. 

Age 68, born June 30, 1952 in Halifax, passed away peacefully July 7, 2020 in Montreal, Qué., in Mont Sinai Hospice. George attended Saint Mary's University but left early to enroll in Broadcasting at the Nova Scotia Institute of Technology. After spending time as a Journalist and Radio Broadcaster, George became the country's first black national TV News Anchor as a co-host of CBC Morning Newsworld in 1992. George left broadcasting to pursue his first love of writing. George has written for radio, television, motion pictures, and also became a songwriter for his radio play God is My Warden (title song). With his debut play, Shine Boy (1988), George became the first indigenous African-Nova Scotian to have a play professionally produced on the main stage of Halifax's Neptune Theatre. In 1995 he was an appointed Writer-in Association with Neptune Theatre. In 2000, his play, Consecrated Ground, was nominated for a Governor General's Award for Drama. In 2005, his play, Wade in the Water, garnered a nomination for the Montreal English Critics Circle Award (MECCA). In 2009, his play, Le Code Noir, was performed at the Segal Centre for The Performing Arts, Montreal, Que. In 2010, his play, Gideon's Blues, was adapted into an hour-long TV drama called The Gospel According to the Blues. George was also invited to be a Writer-in-Residence at the Stanford Festival, Stratford, Ont., has represented Canada at the Rafi Peer Theatre Festival, Lahore, Pakistan, received an Honours Diploma from the Nova Scotia Community College (1998) and an Atlantic Journalism Award (1988). George was predeceased in death by his father, Frank Stanly Boyd, and his mother, Mae Winnifred (List) Boyd; and his brother, Frank Stanley Boyd, Jr. He is survived by his sisters, Juanita (Donald) Seale, Ottawa; Muriel (Jack) States, Evelyn (Claude) Bricault, Clara (Joseph) McCarthy; his brothers, Henry, Ivan (Linda), Anthony (Jennifer) Boyd, Halifax; and many nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held today, Monday, July 27th at 1 p.m. in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Due to Coronavirus, there will be no reception. Donations may be made in his name to Canadian Cancer Society 1-800-268-8874 or charity of your choice.
- The Chronicle Herald, July 27, 2020