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Seaford youth sports coach Ed Boden dies at 81


Edwin John Boden Sr., long an active figure on the Seaford intramural sports scene, died at his home on April 11. He was 81. The cause was congestive heart failure.

Boden, with his distinctive handlebar mustache, coached Catholic Youth Organization basketball at St. William the Abbot Catholic Church from 1965-87, as well as youth baseball, softball, boys and girls basketball, and football.


In addition to his coaching activities, Boden was famed for his red 1999 Mustang convertible, with which he chauffeured successive Homecoming queens in Seaford High School’s annual parades.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Boden met his beloved wife of 59 years, Suzanne (Slator) in 1955. The young couple and their growing family, which eventually numbered four children, moved to Massapequa in 1964. They moved to Seaford in 1969.

In addition to his wife, Boden is survived by his children Edwin Jr. (Darlene), daughter Denise, son Andrew (Stephanie), and daughter Kathleen Haug (Kevin). He was a loving grandfather of eight and had 38 nieces and nephews.

Boden, the youngest of nine children, is also survived by his sister Anne Riggs. He was preceded in death by three brothers and four sisters.

Boden worked as a custodian-engineer for the New York City Board of Education for 37 years and was a proud member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 891.

Donations may be made in Boden’s memory to St. William the Abbot Catholic Church; the Seaford 9/11 Memorial Committee; the Seaford Lion’s Club; or Karen’s Hope.