Rockport, MA — Edward J. “Pa” Boudreau, age 90, one of “The Greatest Generation” died after a brief illness on January 1, 2013. A life long resident of Arlington MA he also enjoyed for the last 20 years his home away from home in Rockport, MA which he shared with his “Best Friend Forever”, Carol Gaudette. He was predeceased by his wife Anella Sakowich Boudreau in 1971.
He was an engineer and scientist, after returning from WWII as a flight engineer on B-29s out of Guam, he was employed by Harvard University’s Engineering Graduate School and later for almost four decades at Arthur D Little of Cambridge, MA.
During his career he was involved in many projects for NASA, including two lunar missions and two Orbiter (aka Shuttle) ones. His designs, fabrications and inventions covered everything from flow measurement and controls, energy saving devices including special design thermocouples, weather satellites and medical devices.
He loved animals and would often spend time in his garden or in the yards enjoying the surroundings and feeding the birds and other critters. Some would actually come and feed right from his hand; they were so trusting of their friend and benefactor. He enjoyed walks with his dogs and loved sitting watching TV with his cats. An avid football fan he would watch, follow or listen to every game of the college or NFL team that his son, Paul T or his grandson Paul F would be coaching. Technology never intimidated him although he always felt more comfortable with things he could take apart and re-engineer to a better design and usefulness. He was working on a new project to expand his garage in Rockport and cut had down two trees and chopped them up two weeks before his stroke.
Whether it was building his Koi pond, fixing a dishwasher or building the meditation labyrinth in Rockport he always wanted to keep busy creating. He was loved and cherished by his family and his many friends that span several generations.