Henry Boezi, Town Councilor, Schools Champion, Dead At 69

He worked for the town for 32 years, then won a seat on the Town Council in 2004 and was vice president.

Henry V. Boezi, member of the Town Council and longtime resident of East Greenwich, died Saturday. He was 69 years old.

Boezi served as assistant town engineer for East Greenwich for 32 years. He won a seat on the Town Council after he retired and was just completing his fourth term as councilor at the time of his death.

"It's a loss for all of those who knew Henry personally and professionally," said Town Council President Michael Isaacs. "He was a true public servant. I've lost a friend in Henry."

Sue Cienki, former School Committee chair who served with Boezi of the School Building Committee for the past several years, said, "It's a huge loss for the community. He was an integral part of building the new middle school and the improvements to the high school."

His determination to improve the traffic flow at Hanaford School was so strong, she recalled, the drive that was built is named "Boezi Circle."

In 2010, . . He said recently he wasn't running for re-election this year because his work was done.

Town Manager Bill Sequino knew Henry Boezi since Sequino came here in 1988. "Henry was like my goodwill ambassador," Sequino said referring to Boezi's years with the Public Works department. "When there was a problem with potholes or something else, we'd send him out. He knew how to reassure people."

Sequino also recalled Boezi's devotion to East Greenwich Little League. "Little League was as much his job as assistant town engineer," Sequino said. He was strongly committed to young people, Sequino continued, noting his work with EG's Bob Houghtaling over the years.

"Henry was the epitome of public service," said town GOP chair Chuck Newton. "He worked diligently for the town for more than 25 years and when that was over, extended his service by serving as a Republican office holder for another 8 years. Henry was always focused on the kids and was a fixture in the schools, from sports to serving the Character Counts program to classroom education. He was remarkable in another way: in my experience I never heard Henry say an unkind word about anybody."

Boezi was the husband of the late Teresa L. (Stockwin) Boezi. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Domenico and Mary S. (Russo) Boezi.

He and his wife had six children, all who went through the East Greenwich school system. He built the house in 1978 that he was still living in on Jodie Beth Drive.

Boezi, a graduate of Syracuse University and Wentworth Institute of Technology, earned a Master's degree in education in 2003 from Roger Williams University and proceeded to substitute teach in Coventry and North Kingstown.

He was a Yankees fan.

Calling hours will take place at Hill Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 25, from 4 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, July 26, at 10 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales Church on School Street in North Kingstown.

"I will miss him," said Isaacs. "The town will miss him, and the council will miss him."

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DownTheHiller July 22, 2012 at 11:37 PM
I liked Henry and looked fwd to him coming around every year to my house to ask me to vote for him and to chat about issues. He really cared about this town. He's one of the last of the 'Old School' Townies and will be sorely missed.
Bea Lukens July 23, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Although I barely knew Henry, I was very saddened by this news. In the time I have seen him on Town Council he was passionate about our schools and the children in this town.We have all lost a great man and representative. I send my deepest condolences to his family.
Steven J Antonson Sr July 23, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Henry was a standup gentleman who be missed greatly, he was a person who always had a mission and really loved East Greenwich, RIP Henry.
Cheryl Clements July 23, 2012 at 01:56 AM
I'm so sad to hear this news. He will be greatly missed.. Thoughts and Prayers to his family.I'm so sorry!!!!!!.
Mark Thompson July 23, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Henry was the real deal...and even from afar, he will be missed. I left EG 35 years ago, when I came to know him working in the public works department...and felt reassured when he ended up on the council. My condolences to his family, and Godspeed to Henry.
Mark Schwager July 23, 2012 at 03:47 AM
A privilege and honor to work with Henry and share friendship with him and his family. He was a special colleague and mentor to me; always available to help, generously sharing his experience and time. Mark Schwager
Chuck Barton July 23, 2012 at 10:24 AM
Henry was a class act. I first knew him as a Little League coach. He was wonderful with the kids - a role model for sportsmanship while sharing his love of baseball. Later I came to know him as a dedicated public servant. He will be missed.
Nancy Merrill July 23, 2012 at 11:03 AM
Henry was beyond special. Yes he contributed with passion in everything he did. I got to know him when he joined me in the Character Counts program. He was a mainstay in the program for a few years going weekely to talk to students about the importance of good character. Lucky kids and lucky me. But what I'll miss most are his warm smile and his wonderful hugs. If you were ever lucky enough to get one, you'll know what I mean. Rest in peace Henry! We miss you!
Your Neighbor July 23, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Henry was a kind and decent person. I am very sad to learn of his passing.
Alan Clarke July 23, 2012 at 12:20 PM
More than most on the council, Henry knew what was going on, why it mattered, and wouldn't stop until it was working right. He asked a million questions and wouldn't stop until he was satisfied with the answers. He gave texture to a council too shiny with lawyers. I was sad when I heard he wasn't running for council again. I'm even more sad now.
Marie G Schaller July 23, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Henry was a genuine and good person. He truly loved the town and the people in it, and he'll be missed.
Sen. Dawson Hodgson July 23, 2012 at 03:57 PM
A kind and principled gentleman. It was a pleasure knowing you Henry. Godspeed.
La Dolce Vita July 23, 2012 at 05:13 PM
What a terrible loss for the Boezi Family, this town, this community. Henry had solid grassroots in the Silverlake section of Cranston/Providence, and was proud to take it with him. He believed in education, and its value to not only oneself, but what it brought to the table. His 32 years in the East Greenwich Public Works Department, along with YEARS of unselfish dedication to his community, Little League and his church, St. Francis de Sales, especially the youth community, is a testament to a great man. Dear Henry, rest in peace. We'll miss you.
Diane Henault July 23, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Memories of Henry: 1. We first met Henry as our son's Little League coach. His goal was to make sure the kids enjoyed playing baseball. He coached with Jon Houston, and the boys actually won the RI State Little League Championship that summer! 2. An only in RI moment- While waiting in the darkened theater at DisneyWorld's Lion King show, we heard what could only have been Henry's distinctive voice in the row behind us. Sure enough, there was Henry and his family on vacation! 3. Memories of Henry must include wonderful conversations about Italian food. 4. Last year, I called Henry to ask him if he could spare a few minutes to talk to my second grade students about his role in town government. He went one step further, asking Bill Sequino to join him. Both Bill and Henry were so patient, framing their comments and answering questions in ways the children could understand. I would also see him from time to time at my school substitute teaching in any classroom from kindergarten to grade 5. 5. Last, it would be evident to anyone talking to Henry that love and pride in his family and his town were first and foremost to him. Henry, we will miss you. Our loss is heaven's gain.
Judy Bailey July 24, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Henry was a kind. hard-working gentleman. He was very responsive and helpful to his constituents. My condolences to his family and friends. Rodney and I will miss his presence in our community. May he rest in peace.
Bob Houghtaling July 25, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Henry Boezi loved East Greenwich. As a town employee, council member and dedicated volunteer for countless years he served the town. On top of all this, Henry was always willing to try new things: school, classes, volunteer of time, etc. My sympathies go out to his children whom he spoke of often. A smile to Henry for a life well lived.
Verne Clow January 18, 2013 at 06:14 PM
My name is Verne Clow and live in Bradford, NH. I went to Wentworth and Utica College with Henry. He was my best friend at the time. I don't know why he never reached out after we graduated but I recall he had one more course to accomplish at Utica for his degree. We hung out enough so that I felt we were two of a kind, He would sing the Dion songs and the fancy "I'mm dreammin of a white christmas" Henry - I'll see you on the other side but will always remember you and consider you a close friend. God bless you and your family. You are missed and forever in my memory. Verne


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