‘He was a happy, gentle man’

first_imgA hardworking man whose family and home were the passions of his life, that is how Clarence “CB” Boswell will be remembered. A resident of San Fernando since the 1940s, Boswell died at home on July 31 from complications of emphysema and cancer. He was 80. “I think most of us will remember him saying over the phone, ‘When are you coming up?”‘ said son Ron Boswell. “He really enjoyed family gatherings. Dad loved people. I never heard him say anything bad about anybody. He was a quiet, hardworking, loyal and honest man.” Boswell went to work at age 13, picking cucumbers — for which he developed a lifelong aversion — to help out with family finances. He graduated from San Fernando High School in 1942, then worked construction jobs in downtown Los Angeles and in the oil fields of Avenal, Calif. During the 1940s, he worked for Bagman and Wells, making military flotation devices. He also worked at Lockheed in Burbank from 1944 to 1945, then took up the plastering trade, from which he retired in 1987. “He was a happy, gentle man,” said daughter Lenna Welling. “He had a glint in his eye when he smiled and a sheepish grin when he was going to tease you. He was so handsome and fun-loving. “From him I learned how to work hard and do the job right the first time. His philosophy was to not waste anything, especially money.” Clarence Everett Boswell was born on Jan. 12, 1925, in Branson, Mo. He moved to San Fernando with his parents and siblings in 1938. His mother was fearful of earthquakes and persuaded her husband to move back to Missouri. Boswell, however, chose to stay with his three older brothers. He met Mildred Straub on a blind date at a movie theater in San Fernando. They were married on Oct. 22, 1944. The couple bought a lot in 1948 in San Fernando, and, with the help of family members, Boswell built the family house. “He was a man of integrity,” said granddaughter Janette Duffy. “He was a simple man, but his knowledge ran deep. He was really proud of his part Native American heritage — Cherokee. His basic truth was family came first. He was really a classy character.” Boswell took pride in his home, including his carefully weeded dichondra front lawn and his backyard garden, where he grew tomatoes, green beans, radishes and strawberries. His pastimes were working crossword puzzles, rooting for the Lakers and playing pinochle and pitch. In his younger years, Boswell enjoyed bowling, dancing and going on camping trips with his family. His favorite music was country western, especially music by Marty Robbins, Patsy Cline, Gene Autry and Johnny Cash. Boswell is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mildred; his children, Lenna Welling, Mary Buitron and Ronald Boswell; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A daughter, Martha Weaver, and a son, Michael, preceded him in death. A funeral Mass was held on Wednesday at St. Ferdinand Roman Catholic Church in San Fernando. Boswell is buried at San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills. Donations in his memory may be sent to lung or Alzheimer’s research. l=8s=8 Holly Andres, (818) 713-3708 [email protected] AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more