Philip C. Boggs, Jr. ’82

Philip C. Boggs, Jr. ’82 died on July 28, 2020, in Oakland Township, Michigan.       

(The following was published by Modetz Funeral Homes on July 28, 2020)

Philip “Cliff” Clifton Boggs passed away peacefully at home July 28, 2020, at the age of 60. He was a long-time resident of Oakland Township, Michigan.

Cliff is predeceased by his father, Philip C Boggs.

Cliff is survived by his mother Patricia McClay Boggs and his loving wife Beth (née Ireland) of thirty-six years. They were married in Avon Lake, Ohio.

Cliff is remembered by his sons, Steven of Dryden, and Philip of the U.S. Army (Mariah); grandsons Carson, Duncan, and Rohan; brother Joe; sister Nancy; and many nephews, nieces, and cousins.

Cliff was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1959. He graduated high school from Lake Ridge Academy in North Ridgeville, Ohio in 1978. He attended a year at Bowdoin College in Maine. During summer break at home in Bay Village he met his future wife, Beth. He sold cars for a year at Steve Barry Buick in Lakewood, Ohio. He graduated in 1983 with a bachelor of science degree from Case Western University, Case Institute of Technology with highest honors in civil engineering. He then went on to receive his master’s degree from Case Western University.

In 1984 Cliff started his career as an engineer at General Motors in Warren, Michigan. He then worked for an up-and-coming company, Altair Engineering. He loved his time there and worked on many projects. He tried to take what he had learned and open his own business. He did well until there was a major shake-up in the automotive industry. He then worked for Ford Motor Company and Visteon. Visteon went through an uncertain time and he found himself employed at Calsonic Kansei, a division of Nissan. He then returned home to Altair Engineering. He loved what he did and the many people that he worked with. He looked forward to retirement and opening an automotive repair business with his wife, Beth, and son, Steven. In 2015, they purchased North Hill Tire and Auto, now known as North Hill Automotive in Rochester, Michigan.

Cliff always had a fascination with automobile and worked in the industry one way or other for his entire career. He always loved helping others. He was a gregarious person and chatted with others everywhere he went. He loved his family.


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