Past Faithful Navigator
SK Keith Boyden,
,Charter Faithful Navigator 2230
(1991 Ė 1992)
Past Faithful Navigator Keith Boyden
joined the Knights of Columbus on May 8, 1960 in Lethbridge Alberta, as a member
of Council 1490. SK Keithís father, a convert to Catholicism, was anxious to
have his eldest of six sons join our Order. Much to his fatherís satisfaction,
Keithís five brothers would eventually follow his lead and become Knights
about the same age.
PFN SK Keith joined the College Council of Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington in 1960. It was at this time that Keith decided upon a career with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He entering RCMP training in Regina, Sask. in 1962/63. And his first posting was to Princeton, BC.
In a subsequent transfer to Chilliwack BC, he met his wife Ina and they were married in 1964. A four year posting followed at Abbotsford, BC and another four followed in Prince Rupert, BC where he served on the executive of the local third degree council and became its Grand Knight in 1972. His two sons were adopted while posted in that northern town.
In 1972 SK Keith was transferred to Ottawa and were he and his wife Ina remained for next twenty years, living in the Orleans area of the city until his retirement in 1992.
With no English council in Orleans, SK Keith joined Luke Heart Council 5558 until the formation of Divine Infant Council 7873 in 1981. He was the Councilís Charter Deputy Grand Knight and served eight years as the councilís Financial Secretary. He was honoured as the Councilís initial ďKnight of the YearĒ during the councilís Fraternal year 1981-1982 and again during the councilís Fraternal Year 1988-1989.
In 1987 Keith joined the Fourth Degree and the Fourth Degree Assembly in West Ottawa. In 1990 Keith transferred his fourth degree membership to the newly chartered Bishop John Beahen Assembly 2230 and was elected our assemblyís Charter Faithful Navigator.
Retired from the RCMP in 1992, PFN SK Keith and his wife moved to Saskatoon. While there SK Keith was active at both the council and assembly levels of the Knights.
In 1993 he moved to Winnipeg where he remained for nine years. While there, under the direction of the District Master, Keith became his District Marshall. With a district comprising twelve assemblies, in the close proximity to Winnipeg, it was a common occurrence to have two or more assemblies in attendance at a function, which necessitated the presence of a District Marshall.
Coming full circle, Keith and Ina moved to Lethbridge, Keithís home town in 2001. Since returning to Lethbridge, SK Keith has been active at the council level, including one year tenure as Grand Knight, Council 5726, 2007/8. He also served as the Assemblyís Guard Commander with Father Lacombe Assembly 0007, Lethbridge.