Philip C. Boardman, a lifetime resident of Hewins Street, passed away Nov. 6 surrounded by his loving family and friends. Death occurred due to a recently discovered cancer as well as many prior serious illnesses. Born Nov. 14, 1938, he was the son of the late Edgar Boardman and Eleanor Moulton Boardman of Sheffield. Philip grew up working on the family farm where he enjoyed the animals and loved the land. He felt fortunate to build his home and raise his family on a portion of the farmland. Every day he spent time looking at a beautiful view of the unspoiled land, the land his grandfather, Edwin, purchased in 1900 and farmed with his father, Edgar, for many years.
Philip graduated from the Mount Everett Regional High School class of 1956 and the University of Massachusetts Stockbridge School of Agriculture. He was an avid hunter, golfer and bowler. He was employed as a manager at Sheffield Plastics for 20 years. After retiring from there, he joined the Moritz family at Aquatic Designs of Sheffield for over 20 years. In addition to full-time employment, he performed many extra jobs for 50 years mowing lawns, painting houses and working part-time for Ashner Benjamin Furniture Company and NAPA Auto Parts. After graduating from UMass, Philip served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany. He was an active member of American Legion Post 340, assuming many leadership roles including commander and officer. For over 40 years, he proudly placed flags on veterans’ graves at all of Sheffield’s 13 cemeteries in honor of Memorial Day. In addition, he gathered and delivered Christmas gifts for disabled veterans to nursing homes and hospitals in Southern Berkshire and the Northampton Veterans Hospital.
He leaves behind his wife of 50 years, Barbara Beneat; son Matthew and wife Leah and three sons Nicholas, Conner and Levi of Sheffield; son Eric and wife Amy and four children Ethan, Garrett, Elizabeth and Madison of Monterey; and daughter Kristine and husband Paul Croeber and two children Luke and Eila of Epping, New Hampshire. He also leaves his twin sister, Phyllis Joyce, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by infant granddaughter Michaela; his two nieces Cindy Boardman and goddaughter Betsy Joyce; and two brothers Richard M. and Edgar S. Boardman.
A funeral service was conducted by Philip’s cousin, Bishop Jack McKelvey, and words of condolence were offered by friend John Moritz. Burial with military honors followed at Sheffield Center Cemetery Saturday, Nov. 11. Pall bearers were grandsons Ethan, Garrett, Nicholas, Conner and Levi Boardman; and nephews Maj. Kenneth Brooks and Charles Joyce. Brooks presented the flag to his Aunt Barbara. Memorial donations in Philip Boardman’s memory may be made to the Sheffield American Legion Post 340 or the Berkshire Humane Society through FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME, 426 Main St., Great Barrington, MA 01230. To send remembrances to the family, go to www.finnertyandstevens.com.