Tributes paid to Toby Boyes, 47

Toby Boyes, who worked at Boyes for three decades, has died at the age of 47.
Toby Boyes, who worked at Boyes for three decades, has died at the age of 47.

Tributes have been paid to a much-loved member of the Boyes family, who worked for the Scarborough company for 30 years.

Toby Boyes, 47, who lived in Market Weighton, was one of the company’s leading buyers and started his career by taking a holiday job at the Scarborough store as a youngster.

He was also a devoted family man and leaves his beloved wife, Laura, twins Charlie and Grace, and step-daughters Sophie and Lucie.

Toby had cystic fibrosis but lived life to the full and was always keen to help others.

Originally from Bradford, Toby was one of three boys and always had a special bond with his brothers Ivan and

Will. His great great grandfather was William Boyes, who started the family business in 1881. Toby studied Environmental Science at Bradford University and with a dad who was a college lecturer and folk singer, plus a grandfather who was a farmer, it was not clear-cut that he would go into the retail trade.

However, during school holidays with his grandparents at Ravenscar, Toby started working at Boyes in Scarborough and his career was born.

He earned his spurs in various roles before moving into management and then merchandising.

Managing director Andrew Boyes said: “Toby did a fabulous job for us and his great great grandfather would have been so very proud.

“Toby was a lovely man – there is a huge sadness hanging over our entire business at the moment and we are all going to miss him terribly.”

In Toby’s free time, he was a keen cyclist and even after his health meant he couldn’t ride as much as he would have liked, he studied for his British Cycling Coach qualifications and taught youngsters in Scarborough, passing on his knowledge and skills.

Toby was also a motorcyclist, owning several bikes including a Honda Fireblade, which he loved to ride out, especially with Laura.

He also had a lifelong love of music, thanks to his parents’ influence, and was a choir boy as a youngster, travelling the country to sing in churches and cathedrals.

In a statement, Toby’s family said: “Toby was a one-off, a man of integrity and whose zest, passion for life and personality would fill a room.

“He was a gentleman, always positive and forward thinking. Anyone who had the pleasure of meeting him, or knew him, knew this and knew of his quality and are so saddened by his passing.”

A funeral service for Toby was held at Cottingham Crematorium.