Edward Lee Boyd, 73, veteran, cartographer for BGE

June 13, 2006

Edward Lee Boyd, a retired BGE cartographer, died of cancer Wednesday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Lutherville resident was 73.

Mr. Boyd was born in Baltimore and raised in the city's Pimlico neighborhood. After graduating from Forest Park High School, he enlisted in the Navy.

He served as a baker aboard the aircraft carrier USS Philippine Sea and was a lifetime active member of the USS Philippine Sea Association.

"He didn't do any baking after leaving the Navy because he could only bake in large quantities," said his wife of 12 years, the former Lois Kinard.

After leaving the Navy in 1955, he took a job as a meter reader for BGE and later became a cartographer. "He was in charge of mapping all of BGE's manholes, and he said he knew where every manhole was in Baltimore City," said his wife.

After retiring from BGE in 1994, he worked part time as a driver for Fisher Auto Parts until stopping this year because of failing health.

Mr. Boyd enjoyed researching his family genealogy and woodworking. He had a home workshop and was an active member of Bykota Senior Center in Towson, where he liked working in the workshop.

He was a member of Govans Presbyterian Church.

Services were Saturday.

Also surviving are two sons, Edward I. Boyd of Westminster and Richard A. Boyd of Eldersburg; two stepsons, Shawn K. Branch of Rising Sun and Keith S. Branch of Baltimore; a stepdaughter, Cheryl Lynette Gue of Forest Hill; and 17 grandchildren. His marriage to the former Janet Diggs ended in divorce. His second wife of many years, the former Geraldine Vink, died in 1994.

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