ISLESBORO - Eileen Anne Shea Boardman, Holder of The Boston Cane, passed away peacefully at home on February 4, 2016. She was born in New Haven, Connecticut, on July 26, 1921, to Alice Goode Shea and John F. Shea.
She went to work at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford, where she met the love of her life, Paul Boardman, whom she married on October 14, 1943. Her first visit to meet the in-laws on Islesboro was by way of the mail boat. She and Paul raised their five children in Coventry, Connecticut. In 1978 they retired to the Boardman ancestral home, where Paul was born and died in 2002. On Islesboro, Eileen and Paul became active community members. Eileen served as town clerk for 14 years. One could find her helping out at blood drives, doing Historical Society Docent work. Eileen's graciousness and her beautiful, award winning Palmer Method penmanship made her the natural choice for writing thank you notes for town organizations. Dearest to her heart, though, was the time she spent reading to youngsters at Islesboro Central School. Eileen loved music and she really loved to dance, especially to the tunes of Islesboro's own Charlie Pendleton Band. She danced her way into and out of any event with music -- and some without music! She sang in Community Chorus well into her 80s, and participated in Zumba class until she was 90. Eileen was known as a faithful fan at all Islesboro Eagles sporting events-- especially basketball games. For decades she was known as "Ma," "Gram" or "Ms. Eileen." Her smiling eyes, her quick wit and her acceptance of people "just as they are" made for easy friendships which she had in abundance from pre-school to "old school." Eileen often remarked that she could not have imagined the richness and possibility of her new life on Islesboro.
Eileen was predeceased by husband, Paul Boardman; infant brother, John; brothers, William and Gerald; and by her sister, Alice Kingsley. She leaves a large and loving family: four sons, Richard and wife, Carol, John and wife, Linda, Michael Paul, and William and wife, Lisa Satchfield; a daughter, Eileen Marie and husband, Charles Baker; six grandchildren, Thomas and wife, Laura, Lauren and husband, Shawn Murphy, Tracy and husband, Adam Way, Carrie and husband, Scott Generous, and Heather and husband, Greg Kennedy; and island granddaughter, Davis Boardman. She also leaves seven great-grandchildren, who adored Nana and made life exciting and new in her eyes: Thomas, Jenna and Jonathon Boardman, Madison and Bennett Murphy, Marin and Madeline Kennedy.
A service will be held on Sunday, February 14, 2016, at noon at Islesboro Second Baptist Church with a celebration following at the Islesboro Community Center. There will also be a Memorial Mass at Church of Saint Brigid, West Hartford, on February 20, 2016. In lieu of flowers, Eileen requested that donations be made to The Beacon Project or Islesboro Ambulance Association. Arrangements are under the care of Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Avenue, Belfast.