Pat Boyd arranged and attended thousands of funerals at the mortuary his parents founded in 1958 his last, and saddest, on Dec. 10.
The president of Hollywoods Boyd Panciera Family Funeral Home lost his wife, Caren, on Dec. 3. She was 59 the same age as her husband and had been in hospice care at their Cooper City home.
Two days after the Dec. 10 funeral, Pat Boyd died of a heart attack in his sleep. Now his children are preparing to reunite their parents at Hollywood Memorial Gardens, where hell be buried Monday.
They never did anything apart, said daughter Ashley Boyd. We were all worried about him not having his best friend with him, but we thought he was handling it OK. She was the love of his life and he was the love of hers.
Patrick Boyd was born March 14, 1953, Caren Gorman less than four months later, on July 1, the middle of seven children.
They grew up in West Hollywood, but didnt meet until they were adults. Pat graduated from Chaminade High School, Caren from McArthur High.
He studied mortuary science at Miami-Dade College, and joined his parents, Adonis and Katherine, in the business they founded in 1958.
Originally Boyd Funeral Home, it became Boyd Family Funeral Home when Pat became a funeral director, then Boyd Panciera after a merger in 2009. Its the oldest family-run mortuary business in Broward County.
Caren went to beauty school and opened a salon called Headlines. She met her future husband when she was hired to style the hair of a deceased funeral home client.
Pat, smitten, went to her shop for a trim. And he kept going back weekly, even though he didnt need such frequent haircuts, daughter Ashley said.
Finally, she said, he got up the courage to ask her out.
They wed Sept. 5, 1981. It was a second marriage for both.
After Headlines, Caren opened a salon called Making the Cut, in Pembroke Pines. Shed work at the funeral home as needed.
They were both really phenomenal with people great listeners, with amazing compassion, and they both saw the good in people, said Ashley, who plans to continue running the funeral home with her uncle, Larry Boyd.
For the extremely personal services that each provided, they needed, and had unlimited patience, Ashley said of her parents.
Every family that met with my dad left feeling better loved and cared about.
Boyd also became adept at handling difficult situations, such as warring relatives slugging it out in the chapel or survivors bringing in the deceaseds pet snake for a final farewell.
He was very much a peace keeper, good a defusing bad situations and very funny outside of work, Ashley said.
Caren Boyd loved pretty dresses, so was buried in one. She loved Rod Stewart, whose music played at her viewing.
Pat Boyd loved the Florida Keys and cruises, so hell wear a Tommy Bahama shirt for his viewing, 5-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, 6400 Hollywood Blvd. A funeral follows there at 11 a.m. Monday.
Jimmy Buffett music will play at the viewing, and Pat Boyd will have a cigar in his pocket, Ashley said.
He was active in the Independent Funeral Directors of Florida, and she expects almost every funeral-home director from Broward and Palm Beach to attend.
In addition to Ashley, the Boyds are survived by daughter Brenna Boyd-Kania and Carens son, Dustin Cote, all of South Florida. Caren is also survived by sisters Johna Hahn of Ocala, Lillie Robertson of Cincinnati, Helen Vaugh of Texas and Barbara Gorman of Aventura. Larry Boyd survives his brother and business partner.