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Boyd M. Jacklin, well-known for repairing, selling stringed instruments

Dec. 19, 1950 – Sept. 5, 2013

Boyd Marvin Jacklin, who loved listening to Bach and was well-known to local musicians for repairing and selling stringed instruments, died in his Williamsville home Thursday. He was 62.

Before retiring to play golf almost every day, Jacklin ran his own business, Boyd Jacklin Violins, and was known for tending the instruments of Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra players.

“A lot of times a BPO member would come in right before a concert and he would have to fix something,” said Erin Jacklin, his daughter. “He was one of the very, very few people in Buffalo who actually did it, and he was very good at it.”

A California-native, he moved to Buffalo with his wife, Janet Morrow, when she took a position as a chemistry professor at the University at Buffalo, where she still teaches.

While Mr. Jacklin started his career machining, it was his love of woodworking and stringed instruments that led him to his craft.

“He was very shy, but once you got him talking, he would never stop. He would always make you laugh,” his daughter said. “If you got him talking about anything to do with violins, it would be hours.”

While Mr. Jacklin didn’t play, he persuaded his daughter to take violin with Buffalo Suzuki Strings, starting at age 4. She has fond memories of the all the time and expertise he contributed to the group and his work.

“It definitely taught me dedication,” she said. “He would put in ridiculous hours, and sometimes he wouldn’t even come home at night because he was trying to repair a violin or cello for someone.”

In addition to his wife of 28 years and his daughter Erin, Mr. Jacklin is survived by a son, Garrett; his father, Earl; three brothers, Blaine, Val and Larry; and three sisters, Judy Johnson, Alice McNulty and Bonnie Harding.

A memorial service is planned for 3 p.m. Sunday at Buffalo Suzuki Strings, 4 Webster St., North Tonawanda.

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