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Richard F. Boyd, Jr.

December 11, 1939 - October 10, 2020

Obituary for Richard F. Boyd, Jr.

Richard F. Boyd, Jr., of Brentwood, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 10, 2020.
Rich was born on December 11, 1939 in Pittsburgh, PA, the only child of the late Richard F. Sr. and Ruth (Nichols) Boyd. He is survived by wife, Joanne (Parilac), daughters, Jennifer (Bryan) Pribanic, Natalie (John) Loughrey and Catherine (Michael) Tokosh; also grandchildren Heather Betancourt, Hannah, Benjamin, and Emma Pribanic, and Shannon and Liam Loughrey, and a cadre of dearly loved dogs, Duke, Maisy, Daisy, Juno, Nittany, Riley, Ollie and River.
Following his Brentwood High School (BHS) graduation in 1957, Rich earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Industrial Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, he was subsequently commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. After fulfilling his military obligation, Rich married one of his fellow graduates of the BHS Class of 1957, Joanne. In 1967, Rich began his 20 year career with Rockwell International as an Information Systems Manager. When a corporate buyout ended this position, Rich returned to school and obtained a Master's Degree from Carnegie Mellon University, in the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, which led to securing a position of Director of Information Systems at Uniontown Hospital until his retirement.
While Rich was an avid fan of all Pittsburgh sports, including the Steelers, Pirates and Pitt football, he had a special heart for Penguins hockey, and was a season ticket holder for over 20 years, having the pleasure of being present for the Pen’s playoff run to Stanley Cup victory in 1991 and 1992. In the last decade of his life, Rich’s passion for the history of local sports became a motivator for him to research and author three books, “Batter Up, Brentwood Youth Baseball in the Early Years”, “Hail, Hail to Brentwood High” which chronicles the Brentwood High School football program over the decades and “Brentwood Girls Rule” a review of the women’s basketball program, copies of which are held in the collection of the Brentwood Public Library.
Rich was an active member of the Brentwood community where over the years he served on the Brentwood Planning Commission, the St. Sylvester School Board, the Brentwood Historical Society and the Brentwood Alumni Association. He also coached youth softball, developed and taught an SAT Prep Course to local students, was the beloved Master of Ceremonies for each BHS Class of 1957 reunion, the honorary Beadling 1993 Girls Soccer Team statistician and most recently served on the Brentwood Hall of Fame Committee, which awarded him the Spirit of Community Award in 2018.
Friends will be received at the John F. Slater Funeral Home, Inc., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood 15227, Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 2-8 pm. Funeral prayer on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 9:30 am followed by mass of Christian Burial, Blessed Trinity Parish at St. Sylvester at 10:30 am. In lieu of flowers, memorial donation can be made to the Brentwood Hall of Fame (www.brentwoodhighschoolhallof fame.com ), the Brentwood Public Library (www.brentwoodpubliclibrary.org ) or any Brentwood organization of your choosing. Due to the current public heath crisis, masks and social distancing guidelines must be adhered to.

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Oh, I am so sorry to hear of Rich passing. I wanted to visit you in person and meet your girls too, but I am sick. My heart and prayers are with you. He was a dedicated man to Brentwood and very well liked. May he finally Rest In Peace. Love you.....Marie
- Marie Bronder
Oh, I am soooo sorry for your loss. I am sick now and unable to see you in person. Please know I am thinking of you and the family . Please accept my sincere condolences. He was a very well liked person. (As you are too) my prayers will be with you.
- Marie Bronder
My daughter and Richard's granddaughter, Heather, played on the same cup (Beadling) soccer team. My daughter was only on the team for 2 years (U12 and U13), but in those two years, I talked with Richard many times on the sidelines during practices and comparing notes on the competition at various tournament and Regionals. I am sorry for you loss. May he rest in peace.
- George Watzlaf
Love and prayers to family and friends in this time of sorrow.
- Jenifer Pribanic
To the entire Boyd Family, I'm so sorry to hear of Rich's passing. He was such a special person. I had the pleasure of serving with him on the Hall of Fame board of trustees. Rich worked so hard on doing everything he could to make our organization better, and HE DID. He was a true Spartan, who loved our school and our community and he will be missed. I am honored to have the chance to get to know him as a fellow trustee and ultimately a friend. My thoughts and prayers will continue to be with all of you. May God Bless and keep you during this difficult time. I am sure that Richard is already spreading that blue and gold Spartan spirit in Heaven. Rest in Peace Rich. Kerry Huffman
- Kerry Huffman
So sorry to lose a best friend in Rich Boyd. I met Rich in 7th grade at Brentwood High, and he continued to share his love for Brentwood sports, libraries, and the Hall of Fame. This is a big loss for the community and his family. Tom Young
- Tom Young
Dear Jo, So saddened to learn of Rich's passing. Kathy Hollinger with whom I play bridge, sent the notice to me. I remember the good ole days in Lancaster where our guys became friends at Armstrong. Since my husband passed, I am well supported by widow friends at Willow Valley Communities. So important to keep up those friendships!
- ellen mccabe
Deepest sympathy to the Boyd family. The Brentwood community has lost a truely SPARTAN advocate. Mr. Boyd was a gentleman and a scholar. We were honored to know him. Sorry for your loss, Jim and Pattie (Zychowski) Alaimo
- jim alaimo
I knew Rich all my life, and enjoyed his friendship. Rich was a decent and honorable man who always considered the other person. May he Rest In Peace Chuck sweeney
- Chuck sweeney

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