– August 9, 2012
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Louis Bossie, 78, formerly of Hartford, Conn., and Lincoln, N.H., died Aug. 9, 2012, in Charlottesville, Va.
The son of Wilfred and Louise Bossie, Lou grew up in Lincoln, N.H., where he developed a lifelong passion for fishing, hunting, skiing, poker-playing and competitive sports. Following graduation from Lincoln High School, he enlisted in the Air Force, working as a senior air traffic controller and serving in his spare time as captain of an all-star Air Force baseball team. After obtaining a degree in business administration from the University of New Hampshire, he joined the management trainee program at Casco Bank in Portland, Maine. In 1966, he accepted a management position at Constitution Bank in Hartford. He remained with the bank through its mergers with Colonial Bank of Waterbury, Conn., and the former Bank of Boston-Connecticut. He advanced into positions of increasing responsibility, serving as senior loan officer, branch administrator, and executive vice president and director.
In 1985, he and a group of investors founded Landmark Bank, headquartered in City Place. Lou served as president and CEO of the bank for five years. During his tenure, he founded the Homeward Bound Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raised more than $700,000 for homeless people in greater Hartford. The fall of the bank forced him into a much different occupation.
In 1991, he pursued his love of fishing and began a charter fishing business in Mystic, Conn. He won two shark tournaments during this time, bringing in sharks weighing several hundred pounds each. One of his proudest accomplishments was of landing a 12-foot, 1,200-pound tuna during a battle that lasted nearly three hours off the coast Gloucester, Mass.
Lou returned to Lincoln upon retirement and was an active member of St. Joseph Church. As a citizen activist in Lincoln, he successfully organized residents to return Lincoln to a town manager form of government, and he served on the organizing committee for The Father Roger Bilodeau Community Center.
Lou is survived by a sister, Doris Tetley of Lincoln, N.H.; two brothers, Gilman Bossie of Lincoln, N.H., and Richard Bossie of Andes, N.Y.; three sons, Steven, Mark and Louis; a daughter, Jocelyn; four grandchildrenand many nieces and nephews..
A Memorial Mass will be held at 1pm Satuday, September 15, 2012 at St. Joseph Church, Lincoln, N.H.
The family asks that memorial donations, in lieu of flowers, be made to St. Joseph Church of Lincoln or The American Legion in Lincoln, N.H.
Arrangements are by Fournier-Hale Funeral Home, 144 Main St, North Woodstock, NH.
Online guestbook at www.fournier-hale.com.