Musician, retired educator Eddie Boggs dies of cancerWritten by Staff Reports | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Local musician and retired educator Eddie Boggs died Jan. 9 after an eight-month battle with cancer.
Perhaps most widely known for his decades of performing folk music on Put-in-Bay, Boggs also traveled the country with The New Christy Minstrels and produced several solo albums.
The Kentucky native moved to Ohio as a teen. He started performing in Toledo in 1972 as a solo folk singer as well as with other local musicians, including Kerry Patrick Clark, Pat Dailey, Diane Scribner and more.
He also shared the stage with performers like Lee Greenwood, Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Mamas and Papas and more, according to his website.
Boggs retired in 2007 after 37 years as a teacher and school counselor, most recently at Timberstone Junior High School in Sylvania.
Last summer, Boggs contributed an original song to “Red, White and You,” a benefit CD for the American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio.
“Music is something I love,” Boggs told Toledo Free Press at the time. “The rewards from it are just beyond description. The people you meet, the places you travel to are phenomenal.”
Boggs said he especially loved returning to Put-in-Bay each year.
“You get people come in from all over the Eastern Seaboard. The nice part was you had people come back every year,” Boggs said. “It was like a reunion every year.”
In 1997, Boggs penned a commercial jingle, “Keep Jeep In Toledo,” which aired on area radio and television stations and was considered to be one of the motivating factors for Chrysler’s decision to keep the new Jeep plant in Toledo.
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