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807 West Chestnut Street
Rome, NY 13440
Phone: 315-337-0055
Fax: 315-337-0160
Joseph Boardman

Joseph H. Boardman

Thursday, December 23rd, 1948 - Thursday, March 7th, 2019
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Joseph H. Boardman, age 70, of Rome, passed away peacefully in Florida, with his loving family at his side on March 7, 2019.

He was born December 23, 1948 in Rome, the son of Alfred G. and A. Frances Houston Boardman. Joe graduated from Rome Free Academy (1966), Cornell University (1974), and Binghamton University (1983). He first served his country as a Sargent in the United States Air Force from 1966 to 1970, including a tour in Vietnam. Joe was united in marriage to Joanne Griffith on January 18, 1975, and they soon began a life together dedicated to his public service.

Joe enjoyed a very successful 40+ year career as a transportation executive. He served the City of Rome, City of Utica and Broome County before starting a private firm–Progressive Transportation Services. Joe served as Commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation, Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration then served 8 years as President and CEO of Amtrak. The people of Amtrak credited Joe with “creating a culture of honesty, integrity and forgiveness” while he was their leader. The people of Amtrak became part of Joe’s family and he never forgot them. He worked tirelessly on their behalf and on behalf of all the people in our nation who need affordable, reliable public transportation. Joe Boardman was a humble, honorable, courageous and kind human being with great personal integrity. He never forgot his roots and relied heavily on the common sense learned on the family dairy farm to guide decisions. He loved God, our nation and his family. Joe Boardman was a Statesman in every sense of the word.

Joe is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Joanne; two sons, a daughter, a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law, and four grandchildren; Joseph and Kathryn Boardman (Syracuse), Emily and Scott Craft (Winfield, AL), Philip Boardman (Rome), and grandchildren, Bridget, Rhys, Evelyn and Allan; three brothers and two sisters and their spouses, James and Deborah Boardman (Blossvale), David and Missy Boardman (Rome), Anne and Denis Hartman (Westmoreland), William and Rose Boardman (Taberg), and Kathryn and Kenneth Duell (Taberg); three sisters-in-law, Joan Boardman (Taberg), Louanne Boardman-Densmore (Taberg), and Kathryn Griffith (Vestal); an aunt, Lucille Houston Wick (Rome), his Amtrak brother, Brian Gallagher; many nieces, nephews, cousins; his Amtrak family and many close friends. He was predeceased by his parents and two brothers, Alfred Jr. and John Boardman; his mother-in-law, Helen Griffith and his sister-in-law, Barbara VanDish.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM on Friday, March 15 at St. Paul’s Church, Rome. Interment will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Taberg in the spring.

Relatives and friends may call at the Barry Funeral Home, 807 W. Chestnut Street, Rome, NY on Thursday, March 14 from 2 to 4 PM and 6 to 8 PM.

For those interested in making a contribution in Joe’s memory, please consider one of his favorite charities-Unity Acres (2290 County Route 2, Orwell, NY 13426); Health Friends (1119 Elm St, Utica, NY 13501 or online at or the Epilepsy Foundation (

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, March 14th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Thursday, March 14th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Barry Funeral Home
    807 W. Chestnut Street
    Rome, New York
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  • Second Visitation

    Thursday, March 14th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, March 14th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Barry Funeral Home
    807 W. Chestnut Street
    Rome, New York
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  • Service

    Friday, March 15th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, March 15th, 2019 11:00am
    St. Paul's Church
    1807 Bedford Street
    Rome, New York 13440
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    Father Robert L. Kelly
  • Interment

    St. Patrick's Cemetery
    Route 285
    Taberg, NY 13471
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  • Air Force
  • Air Force Good Conduct Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
  • Vietnam Service Medal


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Alexandra Kogan

Posted at 12:01pm
My sincere condolences to the Boardman Family. I started working at Amtrak during Mr. Boardman's time in his office of Communications, and always enjoyed when he walked the halls to say hello. I especially remember his navy sweater vest and smile when he came to ask how you were doing. I relied on his leadership for comfort during the crash of Train 188, and I felt proud of the work we did in the aftermath of that because of his integrity, transparency, and love for his passengers and employees. He was a man with such heart. I have added his name to the Requiem Masses for the Dead at Saint Alphonsus Church in Baltimore, Maryland and will be keeping him in my prayers and Rosaries. May he rest in the peace of Christ. Best, Alexandra "Blessed are the dead, who die in the Lord. From henceforth now, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; for their works follow them." – Revelations 13:14

Keith and Nancy Ferguson

Posted at 01:59pm
We were so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing, having grown up in the town of Lee area, my first recollection of Joe was at the one room schoolhouse in Lee. We would see each other off and on the next few years but never really connected much until he returned from his Air Force service in 1970. I do not recall how we got together again but we became close friends. I particularly remember some hair raising drives in his red Falcon. Joe also became friends with my future wife and while driving her to the church for our wedding he pulled the car over and said “let’s make him a little nervous “ before driving on a few minutes later. The following years were busy times and Joe would stop for a visit occasionally at our house or we would get together with him and Joanne. Although we moved away from NY we kept in touch thru family and friends. We wish to express our deepest sympathies to Joanne and the entire family. Keith and Nancy Ferguson

Claire Woodside

Posted at 01:17pm
I would like to send my love and condolences to all of Joe's family. Having met Joe through his daughter-in-law Kathryn and his Son Joe Jr. I know what amazing family he has, both those related to him and others that he took under his wing. He will be dearly missed. My thoughts are with all of you as you take this time to remember and to grieve. Lots of Love. Claire

Kim Zogby

Posted at 07:45am
Bill, I am so sorry to read of your brother's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sincerely, Kim (Halpin) Zogby

Carol Cherry

Posted at 12:01pm
I want to send my condolences and love to all of Joe's family, and especially to my BFF Anne. I had the pleasure to work with Joe in Transportation and watch him work his way to the top. I watched and learned alot from Joe. He would set goals and achieve them, Joe was certainly a great role model. He loved his family so very much. I pray for Joe and all of you that you find comfort in each other and your friends. With my love, Carol Cherry

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