John Boich, 1933 – 2011 Requiescat in Pace

He died quietly in his sleep, shortly after being informed that he had been named Citizen of the Year by the citizens of Burlington, Ontario

John Boich 1933-2011

John Boich 1933-2011

John Boich, 1933-2011, athlete, scholar, educator, businessman, political advisor, husband and friend to many, died peacefully in his sleep at the Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington of pancreatic cancer on March 15th.

A man of huge generosity with both his time and resources John always answered the phone with the words ‘Yes’ on his lips.

John faced his passing with the strength and determination that he faced most things in his life; stoically and with strength and determination.

A man with opinions that he was never afraid to express and a gusto for life that never failed him. From the football fields of the Canadian Football League where he wore the number 12 for the Ottawa Rough Riders and knew all the greats in that sport, to a session of Burlington city council where every council member gathered around John in a circle and bid him their very best as tears rolled down John’s face.

He leaves his wife Arlene, brother, his two children and his three dogs: Buster, Winston and Molly. We will see that the dogs are walked regularly John.

A remembrance service will be held in the near future.


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