For boatwright and Poitier, who spoke with Mengers nearly every day, the loss will be profound.
boatwright found work equipping navy ships with radar equipment.
Having been raised in Florida, boatwright served in the Navy in the early 1970s.
And even more recently, boatwright was discovered to have a sister living in Louisiana.
“With age you acquire more understanding,” boatwright explained when he was 79.
In his 50s, boatwright borrowed money to pursue his dream of buying a boatyard.
boatwright had enjoyed a loving childhood with his father, mother, and sister.
“No one has ever healed me with such love,” boatwright wrote of the second marriage.