Pauline Mary Bosset died peacefully on Saturday Dec. 15, 2012, at the Community Hospice of Albany County. She was 86.
Mrs. Bosset’s oil paintings have been rotated at the Altamont Key Bank for years, and have won prizes at the Altamont Fair amateur painters’ contests. Her husband, George Bosset, says the precious ones are hanging at his home.
“She did it primarily for her own enjoyment,” said Mr. Bosset on Tuesday. “As a matter of fact, today, my daughter took one of them home with her, again. I’ve got what I want right here.”
Born in London, Mrs. Bosset was evacuated to Wales during the Second World War, later staying in the south London suburb of Norbury.
Mr. Bosset was a young man from New Jersey working in London as a gofer at an American military base for the 8th Airborne. Standing in line for a movie, a woman overheard him speak.
“This American woman turned around and said, ‘You sound like you’re from New York.’ I said, ‘No, New Jersey,’ and she said, ‘Close enough.’”
The woman was Mrs. Bosset’s friend who introduced the couple. Within the year, they agreed to marry as they were walking along the River Thames.
“We hit it off and we hit it off for 67 years,” said Mr. Bosset.
Mr. Bosset worked during the week for Essex County in New Jersey, driving up to Berne every weekend, where the couple had their home. The builder constructed the outside shell, including the fireplace and foundation, but the Bossets for 15 years filled it in with plaster, flooring, plumbing, and electrical work. Mrs. Bosset carefully refinished and stained the woodwork done by Mr. Bosset.
“She was wonderful,” said Mr. Bosset, recalling her talent with a brush.
Mrs. Bosset was a gardener and extended her aesthetic education to include pottery and cake decorating lessons.
After the Bossets married in England when Mrs. Bosset was around 18, they came to the United States in 1946.
Ever the British subject, Mrs. Bosset never became an American citizen.
“I never noticed her accent,” said Mr. Bosset. “I don’t, but anytime she spoke to someone they’d say, ‘You sound like you’re British.’”
Noting her sense of humor, Mr. Bosset recalled her common response to the question of whether, after so many years, she would become an American citizen: “You know, I don’t know whether I’m going to like it over here or not.”
The cats Mrs. Bosset loved and cared for are too many for Mr. Bosset to count, he said, and they are never around at the same time. Her paintings have similarly been distributed and have taken new homes with friends and family.
“I don’t ever remember having an argument with her,” said Mr. Bosset. “There was no point in it.”
Pauline Mary Bosset is survived by her husband, George, to whom she was married for 67 years, as well as by her three children, Robert Bosset of Schenectady, Frances Brown of Berne, and Jacqueline Moore of Berne; three grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
Arrangements are by the Meyers Funeral Home at 741 Delaware Ave. in Delmar. She requested there be no service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice of Albany County, 445 New Karner Rd., Albany, N.Y. 12205, or to the Alzheimer’s Association, Northeastern New York Chapter, 85 Watervliet Ave., Albany, N.Y. 12206.
– Marcello Iaia