John Phillips Boyd, 73, son of Harry and Mary P. Boyd of Norwalk, and a longtime Wilton resident, died at home on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. A 1958 graduate of Norwalk High School, he had worked for Boyd Bros. Artesian Well Drilling in Norwalk for over 30 years.

A man that loved to know how things worked, he found great joy in building a better mousetrap; inventing new gadgets or improving on things already made. He also had great interest in automobiles and aviation and at one point learned to fly.

An avid lover of animals, Mr. Boyd often fed and kept watch over local wildlife. He was predeceased by his wife MaryEllen C. Boyd and his sister Judith B. Kapostas.

He is survived by his two daughters, Robin B. McCabe of Newtown, Conn. and Sharon B. Vento of Weston. He is also survived by a grandson, Sal B. Vento, also of Weston, and a brother Harry S. Boyd of Wilton.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to either the Wildlife in Crisis Center in Weston, or Animals in Distress in Wilton. There will be a private memorial at a later date. To leave an online condolence, please visit Magnerfuneralhome.com.