The Life and Times of Floyd Lloyd
Floyd W. Lloyd was born on the family farm on the Hunt Club Road in Kaladar Township, the youngest child of Amos and Beatrice Lloyd. Life was hard in the wartime years on the hardscrabble farm so Amos moved his family to Northbrook where he set up shop as a general merchant.
Young Floyd, growing up in a musical family would often be seen on the store porch playing his guitar, entertaining the customers with youthful antics. It was obvious from that early age that Floyd was destined to be an entertainer. Floyd was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and snowmobiling.
His brother Ward played in country and western band - 'The Bon Echo Drifters' and his sister Gladys was know to sing at many community dances and events. It is reasonable to understand how a young Floyd quickly gravitated to joining forces with other local youth and started playing for local dances and community events.
Floyd was always impeccably dressed and groomed. It was at one of these events that Floyd met a slender dark haired beauty named Jessie Simms from Haliburton. Young Floyd was smitten. Wedding bells were ringing for Floyd and Jessie in 1950. A year later their little family grew by one with the birth of Linda. Times were hard and Floyd moved his young family to Oshawa where he got a job at General Motors.
Country music was still in Floyd's blood and before long he formed the 'Golden Valley Boys' followed by hosting a Saturday radio show on CKDO. Floyd and his 'Golden Valley Boys' began touring Southern Ontario and the Northern States where he appeared on WWVA Wheeling WV., an all-night country station with a massive listening audience. Floyd realized another dream when he recorded his first LP based on his idol, Wilf Carter's, greatest hits. Floyd went on to record three more LPs based on Wilf Carter, Ernest Tubbs and his own hits. By this time Floyd's family had grown with two more girls and a son name Wilfred Carter Lloyd after his idol.
Floyd retired from the Motors and had a beautiful retirement home built north of Cloyne overlooking the Mazinaw. Just before moving in, tragedy struck. His beloved wife, Jessie, suddenly collapsed and passed away. Floyd was devastated. He never moved into his new home but returned to Oshawa where he occasionally played some country gospel. During the winter months Floyd retired to his winter residence in Florida however he was never his carefree self, often moping around the house rather than socializing with his many friends. With the passing of Jessie, Floyd had lost not only his lifelong love but his life's compass, his beacon in the storms of life. Floyd was a lost soul.
Returning from Florida he was diagnosed with cancer and passed away a few months later at age 65. Floyd is interred in the small United Church cemetery in Northbrook beside his beloved Jessie, just to years after her death. Ironically Floyd is buried less than 100 yards from where he grew up. Floyd had come full circle.
At his induction ceremony into the Hall of Fame, his youngest daughter, Sandra sang Holly Dunn's hit song 'Daddy's Hands'. Upon conclusion she pointed to the sky softly saying 'Happy Birthday Daddy'. There was nary a dry eye on stage or in the audience. Unbeknownst to the induction committee it was the 89th anniversary of his birthday. Floyd is survived by his children Linda, Carter, Christine and Sandra.
Biography by Bob Taylor.
Floyd Lloyd in an early recording of 'How Great Thou Art'.