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