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William Dorr Boardman

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DORSET -- William Dorr Boardman, a resident of Dorset, died on Tuesday morning, Jan. 13, 2004 at Crescent Manor Care Centers in Bennington at the age of 91. Mr. Boardman was born on April 4, 1912 in Auburn, N.Y., the son of the late Gerald D. and Elizabeth (Devens) Boardman. They moved to Manchester, Mass. when Bill was 7. He graduated from St. Mark’s School in the class of 1931. Mr. Boardman continued his education at Harvard and graduated there in the class of 1935. He was a member of the Porcelian Club.

Mr. Boardman served his country during W.W. II from 1942 to 1945 in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise at the rank of lieutenant commander. Following war service, Mr. Boardman married the former Elizabeth Blair in 1947 in Ligonier, Pa. Mrs. Boardman died on Sept. 12, 1966 in Bennington.

While residing in Ligonier he was involved in the establishment and management of Laurel Valley Ski Slopes. The Boardmans subsequently moved to North Conway, N.H. where Mr. Boardman worked in ski-area management and ski instruction. In 1960, the Boardman’s moved to Manchester and operated the Orvis Inn until 1967. While residing in Manchester he was involved in the Junior Ski Program at Bromley Mt.

From 1967 to 1991, Mr. Boardman lived in Olympic Valley, Calif. He became assistant to the general manager and director of public relations and marketing for the Squaw Valley Ski Corp. in Olympic Valley. He retired to Dorset in 1991.

Bill Boardman is survived by his two daughters and their spouses, Elizabeth Devens and Richard Ludlam of Dorset and Patricia Boardman and Daniel Edwards of Auburn, Calif.; three grandchildren Brian David Ludlam of Liverpool, N.Y. and Blair Boardman Edwards and Brynne Christine Edwards both of Auburn, Calif.; nieces, nephews and cousins of the Church and Devens Families in the Boston area and a dear friend and caregiver Ellen Fograshy of Middletown Springs. In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Boardman was predeceased by his sister and her husband, Agnes Boardman and Frederic C. Church and cousin Dr. Elizabeth DeBlois of Boston.

Funeral services for Mr. Boardman will be offered on Saturday, Jan. 17 at 1 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Beverly Farms, Mass. Interment will follow in the Old Rosedale Cemetery in Manchester, Mass. There will be no public calling hours at the Lee, Moody & Russell Funeral Home, 9 Dane St. in Beverly, Mass.

Gifts in Mr. Boardman’s memory may be made to the Dorset Nursing Association, P.O. Box 549, Dorset, VT 05251 or Forrest Lake Christian School, Auburn, CA 95602.

Local arrangements are under the care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main St., Bennington. To send e-mail condolences please visitwww.sheafuneralhomes.com .
Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 15, 2004
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