R.I.P. Phil Bolger

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In the early morning hours of Sunday May 24th 2009 Philip Cunningham Bolger of 66 Atlantic Street, Gloucester, Massachusetts took his own life, out of his own free will, shooting himself in the head with his Colt 45. I awoke later to his absence and found his body on our property out of public sight. The matter is under routine investigate by the Massachusetts State Police and Gloucester Police Department.

He had observed the progression of declining mental faculties in earlier generations of his family. 

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Phil’s personal life and body of work were an expression of firmly defined and ever broadened independence from deeply-entrenched conventions, intangible superstitions, and other known limitations on the free use of mind and thus sound judgment. He lived that way and decided to leave us that way.

Link to full report

Biography on Wikipedia

Obituary in the New York Times

6 Responses to “R.I.P. Phil Bolger”


  1. 1 Jim Sutherland

    You always did it your way. I have admired you since child hood. The Annisguam welcomes your soul to over look all the youngsters with a imagination. Sail on my friend and find peace with every port or thought you find. Good luck on your journey. Missed for sure, but never ever forgotten.
    Sudsy.

  2. 2 senorglory

    I’m better just for having read about Phil. Thanks for posting.

  3. 3 Capn' Rick Urban

    All of us at St. Michael’s Maritine Musium will deeply miss the master of “mess about”. I am sure at this years meet in October he will be properly remebered. I for one will leave my homeport in Lewes, Delaware with my Swampscott Dory behind me and the largest bottle of Pusser’s Rum I can muster to share on the dock. I am a caregiver for my 90 year old father who has been dealing with Altziemer’s for the last 6 years. I thank him for not putting his family through what I have the last few years. Good Life and a good Death. Tea for the Tillerman and Whisky for the Captain.Safe Harbor

  4. 4 Greg Bodoh

    A long fan of bolger’s. am looking for plans for “Hawkeye” an 18′ Tug found in “Boats With an Open Mind” by Bolger copyright 1994.

  5. 5 JANET CROUCH

    THANK YOU PHIL AND DAVID MONTGOMERY FOR SPARTINA “BOATS WITH AN OPEN MIND”. THOUGH I NO LONGER OWN HER SHE IS IN GOOD HANDS AND HAS BEEN LOVINGLY RESTORED. SHE TURNS MANY A HEAD WHEN SHE SAILS IN CHARLESTON HARBOR. I ALWAYS SEE ONE OF YOUR DESIGNS AT THE EAST AND WEST COAST WOODEN BOAT SHOWS. THANK YOU ALSO FOR BEING A FRIEND AND MENTOR. I REMEMBER YOU SAYING, “PAINT THE BOAT WITH HOUSE PAINT YEARLY BUT USE IT. TOO MANY FOLKS SPEND TOO MUCH MONEY AND TIME MAKING BOATS PRETTY WHILE LETTING THEM SIT ON A TRAILER OR IN A SLIP.” SAIL ON MY CAPTAIN

  6. 6 bastcilk doptb

    Just what I was looking for, thankyou for putting up.

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