Garry Boyd was born in Sydney in 1945 and attended high school at Fort Street Boys. He represented the school at cricket and tennis.
After marrying in 1971, the family moved to Gulgong in Central West New South Wales and he became involved in the coal industry, which lasted twenty-three years. In 1996 he graduated with a Bachelor of Business degree from Charles Sturt University.
A sea change called and in 2001 he moved to Tea Garden where he is actively involved in community work.