Edward Joseph Boggis
Claremont,N.H, — Edward Joseph Boggis, 90, of Webster Avenue in Claremont, ended his journey on this earth on Friday June 14, 2013. He was born in Nashua, N.H. on January 20, 1923 the son of Edward and Doris (Nichols) Boggis. He graduated from Nashua High School in 1941. In 1943, he joined the US Coast Guard and was stationed in Sheep’s Head Bay, Widener Estate and Portsmouth, N.H. During his tour of duty, Ed was in charge of training attack dogs which were used to guard the Atlantic Coastline, etc. during WWII. After his tour of duty, Ed worked for Holden Farm and later for the Tamposi Farm in Nashua. He later attended Penn Institute of Criminology concentrating on finger printing and hand writing analysis which he later used as an identification officer (finger printing and photography at the Vermont State Prison in Windsor, Vt., where he was instrumental in establishing a vocational program that taught inmates how to carve. In 1972 Ed retired from the State Prison and began woodcarving full time. With the assistance of Irene Cossingham, a companion for 30 years, he became famous for his carvings, especially for his six foot Indians which Irene brought to life with her artistic painting skills. He supplied Indians to Abercrombie and Fitch in N.Y. City for many years. He and Irene appeared in a short clip on “Good Morning America” in 1985. He was also featured in the “American Way Magazine” which further made his carvings famous throughout the United States. Ed’s sculpturing later turned into a sign business until 2007 when he sold his business to Damon Loiselle. In 1994, Ed married Lorraine Skowronski, together they worked mainly on canes for Dartmouth College, Washington and Lee Universities, Dexter College and most recently for Yale University. They also supplied trophies/plaques for the Grafton County Woodsman, Cornish Fair and New Hampshire Timberland Association. Last week Ed received a crystal vase from students in the graduating class at Dartmouth College. The inscription on the vase read: “Edward J. Boggis, In appreciation of 38 years of creating masterful canes for Dartmouth’s senior societies. The best, the most exquisite automobile is a cane: and one of the finest things in life is going on a journey with it. Abaris, Casque and Gauntlet, Griffin, The Order of Sirens, Phoenix Sphinx, and SW.” Ed was predeceased by his parents, his brothers, Earl and Robert, his sister Dorris, and companion, Irene Cossingham. He is survived by his wife Lorraine, his daughters, Tiffany Boggis, Forest Hills, Ore., Linda Hutchins, Burlington, IA; his three stepsons, Steve Cossingham, Newport, N.H.; Henry Cossingham, Claremont, N.H.; Ken Cossingham,North Andover, Mass.; and their wives: Deborah, Judy and Dorrie respectively; his sisters, Alice Gabriel and Marion Madigon both of Nashua, N.H.; Helen Jesse, Keene, N.H.; His brother, Donald Boggis and his wife, Pauline, Milford, N.H.; several nephews, nieces, grandchildren and great grandchildren. His love of carving will live on through the hands of his students whom he inspired in his classes which he ran from 1985 in Windsor High School, later at the Vocational Technical Center in Claremont, and finally in his own shop until the late 1990’s. Ed’s love of life and learning are an inspiration to those who knew him and met him even if for a brief moment in time. He was a patient man, a humble teacher, and who accepted all for who they were and found good and beauty in all of creation. He shall be greatly missed. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 am. on Tuesday at the Roy Funeral Home with his stepson, Ken Cossingham, officiating. Interment with military honors provided by American Legion Post #29 will follow in Union Cemetery. Friends may call at the Roy Funeral Home, 93 Sullivan Street, Claremont, N.H. on Monday evening from 5 pm.– 7 pm. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Mt. Ascutney Rehabilitation Center, 289 County Rd, Windsor, VT 05089. You are invited to share a memory of Ed with the family or leave a message of condolence in the family guest book at www.royfuneralhome.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Roy Funeral Home and Cremation Service.