William J. Boswell


William J. Boswell, 86, of Wanaque passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, October 24, 2017.  Born in Hackensack, NJ and raised in Bogota, he resided in Fair Lawn for 56 years before moving to Wanaque five years ago.  William earned a Bachelor’s Degree in pre-law from Fairleigh Dickinson University and both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in Newark.  A faithful member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Fair Lawn, he served as a trustee, usher and youth counselor.  Bill, a licensed P.E. was also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a former member of the Hobbyists Club of Ridgewood.  His greatest joy came from spending time with family, especially his grandchildren.

Prior to retiring in 1991, he was a civil engineer with the Garden State Parkway, now the New Jersey Turnpike Authority for 27 years.  Mr. Boswell was an adjunct professor in the engineering department of NJIT for 22 years.

Beloved husband of Louise Ann (Betty) Boswell.  Loving and devoted father of Karen L. Smith and husband Thomas and Charles W. Boswell and wife Daphne.  Cherished grandfather of Sean Smith and fiancée Lauren, Travis Smith and April Smith.  Cherished great-grandfather of Giuliana and Olivia.  Dear brother of Robert T. Boswell and wife Vivian, June Bell and late husband John and brother-in-law of Georgia M. Young and husband Charles.  He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

The family will receive relatives and friends Friday, October 27, 2017, 2-4 & 7-9 pm at Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home, 13-31 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ.  A funeral service is planned for Saturday, October 28, 2017, 10:30 am at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 22-15 Broadway, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410.  Interment will follow at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus.  In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of William to Our Savior Lutheran Church would be appreciated.

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Bill was a pillar of the Boswell family who will be remembered for his big smile, his sense of humor, and his kind and caring heart. He left his mark and made a difference - the true definition of a successful life well lived. Rest in Peace Bill.
Dan Boswell
When I think of Bill I can see his smile and hear his laugh.He will be missed by all the Boswells but he will always be remembered by us.
Gerry Boswell
Have only the fondest memories of Bill and his wonderful smile and sense of humor. Our love and condolences to Louise Ann and the family. He will be missed by all.
Betty Boswell Paulson
It was a privilege to be a cousin of Bill, who brought a strong positive note into my life during the past twenty years. His father, Bill, and mine, Bob, were 'best friends', and it was great being included in such a warm and cohesive family. As children we shared many family get togethers, whether at Shadow Lake in the summer or at our grandparents' home on Paulison Avenue, in Ridgefield Park on holidays. He will be much missed.
Richard Boswell
Sending deepest sympathy to Louise and family. Dave and I cherish the many hours of fun we had with Bill and especially remember his great horn playing of "When the Saints Go Marchin' In" down at Our Savior. He and Louise were a special part of our lives in Fair Lawn and we shall miss him very much. Yes, he will surely be having a great time up in heaven. A joyous reunion with lots of old friends I'm sure. The Van Blarcoms
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