Stephen Boczar

Stephen Boczar (DFC, CD)
Stephen passed away peacefully in his sleep at the Elizabeth Bruyere Hospital in Ottawa on Friday July 22, 2016 in his 95TH year after a brief battle with cancer. Stephen was born and raised in Saskatoon, SASK, the son of Ukrainian immigrants. He joined the RCAF in high school and piloted Lancaster bombers during WW II. In 1943 he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross by King George VI after completing his tour of 31 sorties. He was a member of the crew that flew the first Canadian-built Lancaster to England. After the war he married his wife Gladys. They would have celebrated their 70TH wedding anniversary this November. Stephen joined the civil service after the war, where he worked for over 30 years in several cities across Canada. He is survived by his wife Gladys; son Peter Boczar (Judy), Petawawa; daughter Pat van Geleuken (Pete), Lucan ON; grandchildren Kevin (Kathryn Bezzina), Ottawa, Tanya Petersen (Mike), London and great grandchildren Alex and Ben. A Grave side Liturgy will be held in St. Columba’s Cemetery, Pembroke and will be announced at a later date. Arrangements in care of the MURPHY FUNERAL HOME, Pembroke.

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  1. Only just came across this notice today (Mar. 24, 2019) about Steve’s passing. We first met when I joined him at Canada Customs in Calgary, Alberta in late 1959. Ironically in 1967 we both applied for competitions that would take us to Ottawa for training for many months before being posted back to field jobs. That was when Steve went to London, Ontario. Years later I had moved on to Windsor and one day out of the blue in walks Steve on his way south to Florida to enjoy his retirement. For several years Steve would stop in to see me to chat either coming or going on their annual “Snowbird” re-location.
    May he rest in peace. I thank him for his service to Canada in wartime and his long career with Customs.
    Ron Watt Kingsville, Ontario

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