Harry D. Bogosian Jr.

Harry D. Bogosian Jr. of Warwick, Rhode Island passed away unexpectedly on December 4 2016, at Kent County Hospital. He was 88 years old. Harry was the son of the late Mary (Simourian) and Harry Bogosian Sr. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Eileen F. Bogosian, and his four sons, Mark H. Bogosian, of Flower Mound, TX, his wife Jana, and their children, Kendra, Jared and Brittany; Atty. Paul A. Bogosian, of Dartmouth, MA, and his sons Benjamin and Sawyer; Gregg S. Bogosian, of Warwick, RI, his wife Thadosha, and their daughter Alexis; and Neal D. Bogosian, of East Providence, RI and sister Irene Matoian of Lincoln, RI. He was the brother of the late James Bogosian. Harry was a native of Rhode Island, having grown up during the Great Depression, in the Smith Hill section of Providence. After moving to the Elmwood section of Providence, he played hockey and football at Hope High School. Harry was a veteran of the Korean War, in which he proudly served as a Forward Observer in the 24th Division, 63rd Field Artillery Battalion, 105 Howitzers. Following his military service, he graduated from the University of Rhode Island (URI), where he attained a degree in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. He was a member of URI’s only undefeated football team (1955), and the first hockey team, in the university’s history. After graduation he attended Boston University Law School. Harry was an avid baseball, softball, and tennis player – a natural athlete who excelled in all sports. He went on to serve as Head JV Coach and Assistant Varsity Coach, while teaching math, at Ponaganset High School. Later, he was co-owner with his brother, Robert (pre-deceased), of The Hockey Den, a sporting goods shop that operated on Park Avenue, in Cranston, for 25 years. Harry enjoyed an extensive and successful career in the aerospace engineering industry, working with some of the most prominent aircraft companies in the nation; his territory spanned the entire northeastern seaboard. He was also an active Mason, member of St. Johns Commandery No. 1, Knights Templar. While residing in Cranston, Harry became active in the political scene, serving as a ‘voice for the people’, at countless city hall and council meetings, in which he challenged the agenda of the city, advocating for integrity, transparency and accountability. His great pleasure and pastime was his expansive ‘portfolio’ of jokes, all of which were recalled by memory, and for which he gained notoriety. As he grew older, he never missed a chance to provide entertainment to everyone around him, whether in a plane, train, tour bus, restaurant, market or medical office; he had a knack for stirring up laughter in any setting, and coupled with his endless generosity, he would always make someone’s day. Harry was a man of conviction who believed in the defense of truth and blunt honesty, and who always spoke from a heart of sincerity. He came from a generation of real men and earnest resolve, and he was a constant inspiration to his four sons. His unique, genuine and buoyant spirit, along with his timeless wisdom, will be forever missed. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Service on Friday December 9, 2016 at 10:00am 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 Thursday from 4:00-8:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Harry to Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Apostolic Church 402 Broadway Providence, RI 02909 would be greatly appreciated.

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Gary Donabed - 12/05/2016

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Bogosian family. I knew and liked Harry. Along with Eileen they raised 4 boys that I knew well. I remember the Hockey Den and even buying a pair of skates there when I was a kid. I remember the boys finding my lost dog once and sadly giving her back. The Bogosians always felt like my cousins. May Harry Rest In Peace. God bless.

Al & Linda Berry - 12/05/2016

We are so sorry to learn our friend Harry Bogosian passed.
We had many wonderful conversations with Harry and many many laughs.
Harry was our friend and we will miss Harry very much

Rob Bogosian - 12/06/2016

To my dear Auntie Ei, devoted lifelong companion to the very last hour, my four cousins and their families I send my deepest, heartfelt condolences. "Uncle Harry" -as we all knew him from the time we were born throughout his long and influential life- also left four nieces and four nephews on this side-and their spouses and children- the three sets of us having each lost our fathers much too early. I hope there is some comfort in knowing that Uncle Harry is no longer suffering, and is at peace now, reuniting with his brothers and brother-in-law in a new spirit and showing everyone he meets up there his Pride & Joy.

Sandy OBrien - 12/06/2016

Eileen, Gregg, Dosha and family- so sorry for your loss

The Nally Family - 12/06/2016

So sorry to hear of Harry's passing. We will cherish the fond memories of our time spent with Harry and all the Bogosians during our summers on Cape Cod. RIP Harry and heartfelt condolences to all the family.

Mike and Eileen Regan - 12/06/2016

We are saddened to hear of Harry's passing. We have many good memories of Harry and Eileen's visits to Texas. Mike fondly remembers Harry coming on patrol with him in North Richland Hills. Rest In Peace Harry. You will always be on patrol with Mike.

Terry Rathbun - 12/07/2016

So sorry for your loss.A shining light has been dimmed. I had the pleasure of meeting
Harry at midland medical where I worked. He always had a smile on his, stopped in the lab to say hello and tell a joke or two. I have never in my life have some one make me smile and laugh like he did. Fly with the angels my friend.

Rollie Ernst - 12/07/2016

As Dick would remember Harry: One of the out-standing hockey patriarchs to move through the Cranston rinks; gifted with the very best of families.

Dave Pincy - 12/07/2016

Mark and family so sorry for your loss,
a very good man.
mark I,m at pincy1@gmail.com

Nira - 12/07/2016

Paul so sorry for your loss.

Gwendolyn Daniels - 12/07/2016

I am so sorry for your loss. You have my deepest sympathy and prayers.



Len and Bridget Pettiford - 12/08/2016

Neal - you and your family are in our prayers as you travel through this process of saying goodbye and healing. It sounds like your dad was an amazingly accomplished man with a great personality. We send our love from Maryland.

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