Hobart H. “Hobie” Boswell Jr. was born on Sept. 2, 1940 at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford, Massachusetts, to Hobart H. Boswell Sr. and Viola C. Boswell. Hobie passed away in Lincoln, Nebraska, on May 18, 2019.
He was raised the first seven years in New Bedford, MA, where he started school. Then his family moved to Fairhaven, MA, in 1947 where he continued his education. Hobie graduated from Bristol Aggie in 1958.
Hobie was appointed as a call firefighter in the Fairhaven Fire Department in 1957. In 1960, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he was assigned as a firefighter. He was stationed in Texas, then Thule, Greenland, and finished at Lincoln Air Force Base in Lincoln, Nebraska. He met his wife, Nelda, on a blind date and they were married in November of 1964. He and Nelda, the love of his life, were married for 54 years. To this union, two beautiful girls were born. Becky in 1967 and Nancy in 1969.
Hobie started work for the Lincoln Fire Department in 1964 and worked for the city in various capacities until 1988 when he was appointed Fire Chief in Foxboro, home of the New England Patriots, his favorite professional football team. He served as the fire chief and emergency management director until his retirement in 2002, when Hobie and Nelda returned to Nebraska.
Hobie was a proud member of the International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 644 of Lincoln, NE, and served as the president for several years. He also was past president of the Nebraska Association of Firefighters.
Hobie was president of the Norfolk County Fire Chiefs of Massachusetts, president of the Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts, and president of the Massachusetts Forest Fire Council. Hobie was a member of the I.A.F.F. Alumni. During his time as fire chief in Foxboro, he and five other chiefs from MA were assigned to Ground Zero after the 9-11 attack. Hobie was a past president of Camp Creek Threshers of Waverly, NE. He was a member of the Stars and Stripes Sertoma club. He was a 48-year member of the American Legion Post 3 of Nebraska and a member of the American Legion Riders.
Hobie was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist church where he served on the staff parish relations committee.
He is survived by his wife Nelda; two daughters, Becky Boswell of Lincoln, Nancy Ameer and husband George of Trumbull CT.; five grandchildren: Connor Goodwin of Brooklyn, NY; Ethan Goodwin of Lincoln, and Andrew, Rachel, and Maggie Ameer of CT. Preceded in death by his parents, and his in-laws, (Bill and Esther Vrooman). He leaves behind many family members and dear friends.
Visitation with family was May 23 and the funeral on May 24 at Lincoln Memorial with a reception at Aldersgate United Methodist Church following the burial.
In lieu of flowers, please make your memorials to Lincoln Fire Dept Pipe Core, Aldersgate United Methodist Church, or a charity of your choice.