SAINT JOHN - Wanda Adams remembers her dad, Boydie Lomax, as very kind and gentle man who was loved by everybody.
"He was a kind of jokester, loved to make people laugh," she said in an interview.
Lorin (Boydie) Sidney Lomax of Little Lepreau, husband of the late Cecilia Lomax, died Wednesday at the Saint John Regional Hospital. Born at home in Lepreau, he was a son of the late Hazen and Bertha (Anthony) Lomax. He was 76.
Another of her dad's endearing quality was his patience, Adams said. "He was a very patient man. He never raised his voice."
She recalls that as a teenager she was arguing with her younger brother, Bradley, and she got angry. "I threw something at him, but my brother ducked out of the way and I shattered my father's dresser mirror.
"He never said a word. 'I look better in my mirror now,' he said. He never even asked how it broke. I was sure that this was one time he was going to lose his temper.
"He could always see the funny side in everything," Adams said. "My brother, Bruce, has inherited my dad's sense of humour."
She said her father made up a dance he called wheelbarrow dance. "It is done as if someone is pushing a wheelbarrow. It was an imaginary wheelbarrow. It was his signature dance and was done at our family gatherings. Everybody knew it.
"He was fun, very upbeat type of character, always smiling. He wanted to make other people smile.
"He was always encouraging people. 'Of course, you can do that,' he would tell them."
Adams said his father's second wife, Cecilia, died just three weeks ago. "He was married to her for 29 years. He was heartbroken. She was very vibrant and full of life and no one expected her to die before him."
Lomax also loved wildlife. Adams said her brother or his daughter would take him out for a drive every night to spot wildlife. He could no longer drive and this was something he looked forward to.
"He was a hunter in his younger years, but later in life he loved to look at them. They were peaceful to look at."
He also loved to go the harbour to look at the water. He loved the ocean, she said.
Lomax was a mechanic with Galbraith Construction and retired a few years ago.
"He was a very good mechanic. He could build a car from the ground up," she said.
For several years Lomax owned and operated Lorin's Service Station at Simms Corner. But it just turned out to be too much work for him, she said, and that's why he went to work for Galbraith. He worked there for about 15 years before he retired.
The funeral was held at Brenan's Bay View Select Community Funeral Home Saturday. Interment was in the Little Lepreau Cemetery.
SOURCE: New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal (Saint John, NB) - December 17, 2007.