1948 ~ BOCKMAN ~ 2016

Posted: May 5th, 2016

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It is with heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of Andrew “Andy” Bockman on Monday, May 2nd, 2016 at the age of 67 years. Andy was born in Medicine Hat on June 3rd, 1948, the third son for Chester and Mary Bockman. Left to cherish his memory is his soulmate of 42 years, Marlene (Kusler). He is also survived by his brothers, Tom (Patt) from West Chicago, Len (Wendy) from Calgary, and Ray (Barb) from Medicine Hat; as well as his in-laws, Lorne and Bev Kusler from Maple Creek; many nieces and nephews; and wonderful friends and neighbours. Andy was predeceased by his parents, Chester and Mary; and his mother and father-in-law, Art and Florence Kusler. Andy grew up in Redcliff and graduated from McCoy High School. He worked at A & B Steel, Varsteel, Dom Glass, and Wittke Waste Management in purchasing and retail. He took pride in doing a perfect job keeping up to date at all times. He was fussy and never late. His most recent part-time job as a funeral attendant with Saamis Memorial Funeral Chapel was most rewarding as this position fit his passionate and caring nature. Travel was exciting for Andy with some of his favourite places being Jamaica for his niece, Jeanine’s, wedding, a cruise to St. Thomas to visit his niece, Kyla, a cruise through the Panama Canal, an Alaskan Cruise, and many other locations closer to home. He was always ready for a game of golf at Elkwater, providing the weather was nice…he was a fair weather golfer. Andy enjoyed many peaceful weekends at the lake playing cards and helping out with various functions put on by the Community Association. For the last two years, he enjoyed going to the mall food court for coffee with friends. Andy was a member of the Elks Club for a number of years and worked his way up to Exalted Ruler. He enjoyed his time there and the people he worked with. He also spent time on the board of directors for the Elkwater Golf Club, and was presently a director with the Elkwater Community Association, as well as secretary- treasurer for the Medicine Hat Horseshoe Club. Andy’s faith was important to him and enjoyed going to church when it fit into his schedule. It was important to have clean vehicles. He loved his white truck and worked hard to keep all his vehicles spotless inside and out. Andy was a great helper and could reach things in high places. If there was any cleaning to be done, he was the man. Andy was a loving husband, son, brother, uncle and friend. He never hesitated to tell you he loved you and gave big hugs. We will miss him. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, #1 Dunmore Road SE, on Sunday from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Vigil Rites (Prayers) will be said at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL on Sunday, May 8th, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at HOLY FAMILY PARISH, 1451 Strachan Road SE, on Monday, May 9th, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. with Father John Maes, Celebrant. A Private Interment will take place at Saamis Prairie View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Andy’s memory may be made to the Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation, #124, 430 – 6th Avenue SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 2S8, or to the Margery E. Yuill Cancer Centre, 666 – 5th Street SW, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4H6, or to the Elkwater Community Association, PO Box 27, Elkwater, Alberta, T0J 1C0. Condolences may be sent through www.saamis.com or to condolences@saamis.com subject heading Andy Bockman. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to

SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL CREMATORIUM & RECEPTION CENTRE, “The Chapel in the Park”, locally owned and directed. Should you wish any additional information, please telephone (403)528-2599

9 Condolences for “1948 ~ BOCKMAN ~ 2016”

  1. Joan Thares says:

    We are very sorry for your loss. Andy was a schoolmate of mine all through high school. We will surely miss him at any of our future McCoy High gatherings but will always recall his big smile, cheery laugh and many fond memories. We will always cherish the time we had with Andy.

  2. Rhonda Skjerven says:

    I worked with Andy at Varsteel and will sincerley miss his “catch up visits” here at work.
    He was a great man and I will miss him dearly.
    I am so sorry for your loss Marlene.

  3. Lynn Schimpf says:

    Dear Marlene and Family,
    I am shocked and saddened to be writing this but can’t help to also have a smile and a laugh remembering all of the fun times we had working together at Wittke.
    Andy was one of a kind and that’s why we loved him so.
    I will cherish those memories…
    Sincerely,
    Lynn

  4. Ken Rose says:

    Very sorry to hear of Andy’s passing. We had a good visit at the Redcliff reunion two summers ago. Touching obituary that captures the heart of a good man.

  5. Darlene bowles says:

    Please accept my deepest sympathy, Marlene in the passing of your dear husband, Andy. I am sorry I cannot be there on Monday, but I will be thinking of you all. Hugs, Darlene.

  6. Susan and Jim Wutch says:

    Marlene, Ray and Brady

    We just heard of Andy’s passing and pass along our deepest sympathy. Jim and I will remember the good times working with Andy at Wittke and we had the good fortunate of running into him around town to do some “catching up”.

    You are all in our thoughts during this time.

  7. Vesna and Gordan Balic says:

    Please, accept our deepest sympathy, Marlene in the passing of your husband Andy and rest of family. We worked with Andy at Wittkee Waste Equipment and we will remember the good times working with Andy and we had the good fortunate to play golf with Andy and Marlene.
    He was a great man and we will miss him dearly.

  8. Marlys Kienzle says:

    Passing on my deepest condolences to the families of Andy. I like so many have great memories from working with Andy at Wittke. Marlene may you find comfort in the great memories? He was a great guy ?

  9. CAROL ANHORN says:

    My sincerest condolences, Marlene.

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