Robert S. Bogosian

Robert Sarkis Bogosian of Providence, died peacefully on February 1, 2013 after a longstanding illness. Born in 1932 to Harry and Mary (Simourian) der Bogosian, “Bob” graduated from Hope High School and attended URI. An Army veteran from the Fifth Infantry Division out of Indiantown Gap Company D, he worked for 32 years as a Senior Cartographer for the Federal Government at the Defense Mapping Agency in West Warwick before retiring in 1987. Along with his brother Harry, he owned the “Hockey Den’ on Park Avenue in Cranston; it was a hub for custom hockey and baseball equipment as well as skate sharpening services. For over two decades, Bob volunteered his time and tireless energy coaching Rhode Island boys and girls in youth ice hockey organizations, including RIAHA and the Cranston Panthers. He was renowned for his chalkboard talks that preached “the fundamentals” - these encompassed hockey skills and strategy as well as game etiquette. His successful All-Star hockey teams played throughout New England, and participated in tournaments in Canada and Sweden. Bob took particular pride and satisfaction in knowing that the youth hockey experiences he helped to create, aided many of his former players gain entry to higher education. Bob played organized hockey and softball into adulthood, and was a skilled at billiards and card playing. An avid Red Sox and Patriots fan, Bob was a veritable sports lover – he applied the same enthusiasm to his quahogging sessions in Great Salt Pond. Yet, all of this was trumped by his love and devotion to family and close friends. He leaves two sons, Rob & John, and a daughter, Cissy Grady, two grandchildren, Leo and Kali, and numerous beloved nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his brother James, he is survived by siblings Harry and Irene (Matoian).
His funeral will be held on Tuesday at 9:30am in The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston. Burial with Military Honors will follow in the Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, Exeter. Visitation will be held on Monday from 5:00-7:00pm. In lieu of flowers donations to The Phillip Hulitar Inpatient Center (Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island) 1085 North Main Street Providence, RI 02904 would be appreciated.

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Ellen & Ron Reuter - 02/03/2013

Our thoughts & sympathies are with you at this time.
Ellen & Ron

Kathy, Paul, & Tamara - 02/03/2013

Though far away in Austria, our heartfelt love is with you, now and always.

Claire, Emma, Albert & Kathleen Lake - 02/03/2013

Our most sincere condolences and prayers are with you.

The Lake Family

Mike O'Neil - 02/03/2013

To Rob, Cissy, and John: I was saddened to read that we lost another one from the Great Generation. Your Dad was my first real hockey coach; a great teacher, motivator, supporter and family friend. He was incredibly loyal and humble. The lessons he taught many through sports were valuable life lessons as well. I wish I lived close enough to be there with you and the many others who will be there to celebrate his life and legacy. My sincere condolences. May the happy times and memories of shared experiences be a source of comfort to all of you at this time. Warm Regards, Mike O'Neil

Tim Bovill - 02/03/2013

Rob, John, and Cissy. Deepest condolences for your loss. Mr Bogosian was the world's greatest hockey coach, despite my frequent butt chewings. The Bovills will forever benefit from all that we learned from your Dad. I'm in Virginia and unfortunately not able to attend services.

Dolores Bergeron - 02/03/2013

He was "one of a kind",... memories of him with all of you and best friend Gino at Great Island, card games;picnics. And there was always New Year's Eve in Mansfield. so sorry.My sympathy goes to you. Love Dolores

Barbara O'Neil - 02/03/2013

Dear Rob, Cissy, and John - I am so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Mr. "B" was a legend and a dear friend of the O'Neil family. I'll always remember the good times our families shared through hockey (I can hear your dad saying "Give and Go!") and the great summer fun on Great Island. My sincere sympathy to you and all the Bogosians. Barbara

Lindsley Capuano - 02/03/2013

So sorry about the loss of your father. My deepest condolences to you all. May you all find comfort in your memories.

Al and Linda Berry - 02/04/2013

Harry and Irene, we are truly sorry for the loss of your brother. It is clear to us that he left a legacy few do achive. Family and friends coupled with a strong gift of giving and teaching. What wonderful memories you all have.

Mary Handanyan - 02/04/2013

Dear Harry and Irene,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. May God's peace comfort you.

Rebecca Guo - 02/04/2013

He taught me one of the most valuable lessons the first day I arrived in US: What is a coupon. My deepest condolences to you all. Rest in peace, Daddy Bogo.

Marry Gormally - 02/04/2013

Very sorry to hear of the loss of your Father. Eddie told me some great stories about him. I would have liked to have known him.

Leo bogosian - 02/04/2013

I love you pop pop I will miss you! Ice skating was great!

The Andersens - 02/04/2013

Dear Eileen and Harry,
Harry and I are so sorry that Bob has passed away. With great love and sympathy to you and the family,

Edward & Edna Aharonian - 02/10/2013

Dear Harry,Eileen,& Irene
So sorry to hear of Bobby's passing. As you know, we grewup together and I have many fond memories of our earlier years together. I plan to share them with you soon,in another venue.

Uli Parzer - 02/12/2013

You have my heartfelt sympathy!

Tim Cavanaugh - 02/15/2013

Rob, Cissy and John , I was saddened to hear about the loss of your father. I will remember him as a great and motivating coach. His passionate and knowledgeable approach to teaching the sport of hockey is legendary. My sympathy goes out to your family.

Rob & Bob - 02/16/2013

Sorry for your loss. There was a time when Robert didn't exist and that time has come again, it sounds as though there are many people that are happy that they existed in the time that he did. God Bless.

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