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Betsy J. Egan

June 4, 1963 ~ January 27, 2024 (age 60) 60 Years Old
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Betsy Egan Obituary

Betsy Egan, of Boston, passed away unexpectedly after a brief illness.  She was 60 and fabulous.

Betsy graduated from Greenfield High School in 1981 where she started her journey of creating strong, wonderful friendships she would enjoy her entire life.  She earned her Associate’s Degree at Greenfield Community College and her Batchelor’s Degree at Smith College.  She worked several years before returning for her MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.   

There was nothing she loved more than meeting friends for drinks or an excellent meal.  And if she needed a long flight to get there (only American Airlines!), even better.   She reveled in the wedding years, when her business school friends returned to their home countries and beckoned loved ones to celebrate – as many as 10 in a year.

After business school, Betsy joined other graduates in co-founding Opholio Inc, an Internet technology company.  She was Chief Operating Officer, instrumental in growing the startup to 25 people in under one year but also to its ultimate success and sale to Flashpoint Technology. She brought fun and laughter to the workplace every day, while maintaining her strong work ethic and professionalism.  Her colleagues recognized her as a leader and an amazing partner.

At one point in her career, she had to lay off most of the staff she had hired.  This had a lasting influence and was a factor in her decision to retire early.  This left her time to focus on the life side of work/life balance, where she excelled!

She enjoyed the outdoors, although mostly in the form of our ‘camp’ on the Connecticut River in Gill.  On offer was river front lounging with friends and perhaps a barbecue, a glass of wine close at hand.  She volunteered with the Connecticut River Conservancy, focused on preserving the natural heritage for future generations.

Betsy had a strong civic streak and a history of volunteer work.  In high school, she was a candy striper at the local hospital (and it wasn’t just a name then – they really wore candy striped uniforms).  By the time she volunteered at Boston Medical Center down the street, attire and titles had moved forward.  As a tax paralegal early in her career, she helped underserved communities complete their tax returns.  She lived in Boston for almost 40 years and was an election poll worker for most of those years.

Her most impactful act of kindness by far was the significant amount of time she spent with our aging mother Jean.  She was chauffeur, appointment maker, technology explainer, camp maintainer, event organizer and 20 other jobs.  Jean absolutely loved spending time with Betsy’s friends – she didn’t always understand the details of a conversation but was thrilled to be part of it.  After the stroke when Jean needed 24 hour care, Betsy figured out what was needed and made it happen.

Her life has been marked by friendships filled with fun, laughter and a fair amount of travel.  Searching recently, it was hard to find photos of Betsy by herself.  Most often she is in a group, often stylishly dressed. 

Her love of connection didn’t temper her fierce independence.  She jumped feet first into business school with mostly hope as a financial plan.  She had no compunction travelling the world by herself.  She was a voracious reader and, quite annoyingly, happy to solve crossword clues where others were stuck.  She was educated about the state of the world, but to keep the peace shared her opinions in like-minded company (mostly).  She enjoyed historical documents and photos, especially from her hometown Greenfield.  She was proud of her local Boston sports teams.  She could find a bargain like nobody’s business.  Wordle was easy for her.  She was a great storyteller.  Animals liked her. 

She will be missed.

Her brother Patrick, her father Donald and her mother Jean preceded her.  She is survived by her sister Suzy, who really could have used some advice from her big sister on this memorial.

The graveside service will be Saturday February 10th at 11am at The Gardens, 670 Baker St, West Roxbury.  There will be a gathering with food and drink afterward, details provided at the service.

This will be a green burial, where Betsy is returned to the earth.  If interested, bring a tiny bouquet of flowers tied with cotton string to accompany her journey.

Contributions in Betsy’s memory can be made to the Connecticut River Conservancy, 15 Bank Row, Greenfield MA 01301  ctriver.org

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