Obituary of George Bovenzi
GREECE - May 20, 2018. George is predeceased by his wife Sandra (Keem) Bovenzi; parents, Mary & Andrew Bovenzi; brother-inlaw George Barlow. He is survived by his sons, David T. (Ani) Bovenzi & Jason A. (Christine) Bovenzi; grandchildren, Giovani, Raelynn, Andrew & Jenna Bovenzi; sisters, Annette Barlow & Andrea (James) Carlucci; companion Sharon O’Brien; many nieces, nephews, cousins & dear friends.
George’s visitation will be Wednesday, May 23, 2-4 & 7-9PM at the funeral home, 1411 Vintage Lane. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, May 24 at 9:30 AM at St. Lawrence Church, 1000 N. Greece Rd., followed by his burial in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make donations to a charity of choice.
George grew up in Rochester with his parents, Andrew & Mary and sister, Annette. During his childhood, he spent a lot of time with his cousins, forming life-long bonds. Because most of the family grew up within a mile of each other, the cousins saw each other daily, and got together for picnics on almost a weekly basis. It was at this stage in his life that he formed strong feelings on the importance of family.
George was a 1960 graduate of Aquinas Institute. He was very proud of the education he received there and of the friends he made. After graduation he joined the Navy where he served until 1964. George was a Specialist on board the Naval version of the DC-6. George traveled the world and met great friends that he kept in contact with over the years. Navy reunions, casual conversations, and long drives to meet for a meal were things he very much looked forward to in recent years.
After his time in the Navy was over, he worked briefly at Xerox, and Northwestern Mutual. It was at this time another sibling was added to the family. George's parents welcomed a daughter, Andrea, into the world on April 29th, 1965. George changed career paths from time to time, searching for opportunity and inspiration. Much of his professional life ended up being spent with the Berry Company, where he worked as a Regional Manager and Sales Rep.
George fell in love with, and married Sandra Keem on October 21, 1967. They were blessed with two sons, David and Jason and raised them on St. Andrews Drive in Greece. They were a challenging duo to say the least, but they were always their number one priority.
George was an avid pilot and enjoyed flying his, and other small private aircraft. George and his family would go to airshows and tour various different planes on display and watch his beloved Blue Angels perform their aerial acrobatics. The joy and amazement he got from that was only seconded by his ability to replicate it in his family room through video and surround sound.
George was always on a quest to engage in opportunities to help him evolve as a person. He joined the Toastmasters, sang with the Chorus of the Erie Canal, listened regularly to self-improvement tapes while driving and he read ravenously. Though he enjoyed the thought of Golf, he found its execution much more challenging! He loved to talk technique and philosophy to those who would engage, namely his cousin Ralph and brother-in-law, Jim.
His favorite sports teams were the ones that his boys played and one day became team coaches for. As time went on and grandchildren were added to the mix, his list of favorite teams grew. Whether it was watching a play, youth flag football, soccer or Odyssey of the Mind competitions, Papa George was there, and often times a day early!
George was the eternal optimist. Through challenges in the course of his life he persisted with great spirit and inspired all that were around him. He was caring and engaging, but more importantly invested in his family, friends and in life.