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Lloyd Andrew Cogell

 

Lloyd Andrew Cogell, 76, of Lowell formerly of Boston, passed away due to natural causes with his family by his side on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at Lowell General Hospital.

He was born on June 29, 1944 in Washington, DC. He was the son of the late Adele Lois Greene of Providence, RI and the late Silas Butler of Washington, DC; and step-son of the late Jesse Green, of Portsmouth, VA. Lloyd grew up in Rhode Island and graduated from Classical High School in Providence where he discovered his ability for sports and love for folk music and sang in a 2-person band. He served as a corpsman in the Vietnam war and met his bride, September Wrice in Philadelphia after returning to civilian life. They relocated to Boston where he worked for WGBH, Channel 2 (news, publicity, documentary, editorial) and a contributor to the program “Say Brother” a WGBH program. It was one of the first documentary TV shows about the Black experience. He covered the 1970’s race and desegregation school riots, was one of the first photographers to street test Polaroid’s popular leather bound scaled down SX70 camera. He was also the first Black photographer contracted by Polaroid to document the filming of commercials for Polaroid’s “Cool Ray” sunglasses. He was a member of Boston Art Directors Club, where he received a silver medal award for television graphics in 1974.

He attended Classical High School in Providence, RI ( 1959 – 1962) where he was raised and later attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (1962 – 1966) and held a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degree in Sculpture, Graphics and Interior Design. He was a lifelong student, enjoyed learning and teaching himself new things, such as computer coding and cutting edge photography technology. It was his curiosity and self-taught skills that led to his career as a computer computer programmer and analyst. He adored horses, enjoyed equestrian sketching and photography, and horseback riding. Lloyd was creative and could draw and build anything. This capacity led him to semiretirement property management work at Merrimack Properties with State Rep, Tom Golden, owner of the apartment complex where he lived, who became a friend. He and his family became extended family. Rhode Island was his hometown, but he loved his time in New York and always had an affinity for Germany.

He will be most remembered for his kindness, humor, how he loved to laugh, and make others laugh – many times he couldn’t get through his jokes without laughing himself. He was a loving and affectionate man, extremely trustworthy, proud of his children and grandchildren, and always encouraged them to make their dreams become reality.

He is survived by his daughter, Tiffany Cogell of Boston, his son Jeffrey Cogell of Tampa, FL, his sister, Estelle Green of Warren, RI, and his his former wife and friend September (Wrice) Cogell-Brown, of Brockton, MA. Additionally, he leaves his 9 grandchildren – Travis, Shaquina, Shayne, Marquis, Chauncy, Tahj, Ava, Tristan, Talia, 3 great-grandchildren – Azariah, Shayne Jr, and Jordyn, many cousins, dear close friends, Izhar Falcon, David Fauvel and his close circle of Veteran brothers.

IN ACCORDANCE WITH HIS WISHES, THERE WILL BE NO CALLING HOURS, OR FUNERAL SERVICES.  ARRANGEMENTS BY THE MAHONEY FUNERAL HOME, 187 NESMITH STREET, LOWELL, MA 01852. 978-452-6363, MAHONEYFUNERALHOME.COM

4 Comments

  • Regina Walker Posted December 6, 2020 1:35 am

    My condolences to Tiffany and Jeff. May you find strength in knowing how much he loved you. I hope you’re comforted in knowing the hope we all have for one day seeing and hugging him again.

  • Thomas A. Golden Jr. Posted December 8, 2020 6:36 pm

    My dad would always said “if you want to compliment a man — you refer to that man as a Gentleman” ! Lloyd was one of the nicest people I ever had a chance to meet. We met while I was showing him an apartment and quickly admitted he probably wouldn’t rent to himself with a deep belly laugh. He later started working for John and me at MPM , we trusted him with every aspect of the job – including keys to our own homes and banking matters. Lloyd was always a man of high integrity, his life experience and stories were meant to teach a lesson or poke fun at himself. I am going to miss
    “My Main Man Lloyd” and so will my entire family. He made an impact on all of our lives, a debt that we will never repay.
    We are all better people today for meeting him — Thank you Lloyd for being so kind, generous and simply a great person !
    God speed my friend — Lloyd Cogell was the epitome of a True Gentleman.

  • HAKIM RAQUIB Posted April 29, 2021 11:22 pm

    My heartfelt condolences to all who loved Lloyd. He was a great friend and I admired his ability to create art with next to nothing…
    We shared many dinners together , laughing and sharing stories. We also shared a few paths, seeking artistic freedom. Always encouraging and supportive. Although , I have not seen him in many years, he was always on my mind. I will miss his wit and intelligence on life and living.May he rest in Power , Glory ,and Peace

  • Jack Rose Posted May 28, 2021 4:03 am

    I knew Lloyd at Providence College in the mid sixties. He was young and hip and a really nice guy. We attended a computer programming course together and I have not seen him since. From all I read he never stopped being a great guy. My condolences.

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