In Memory of



Obituary for John Boedo

John Boedo grew up in Lakeview, Buffalo, NY, the middle of three brothers born to Florence (DeGeorge) Boedo, a homemaker, and Gordon Boedo, a steel plant foreman and industrial inspector. John had fond memories of playing as a child with friends in abandoned orchards, feasting on the fruits, and befriending the neighborhood dogs, who roamed freely together. "It was a paradise for children and dogs," he often remarked. His lifelong love of music was first seen when he excelled in the saxophone in the school band and at local functions. John later enjoyed excursions into Canada for live music performances. He was educated at SUNY Buffalo, earning a Ph.D. in Education, and taught math at colleges and universities from Oswego, NY to the Virgin Islands.

John was surprised and delighted at the birth of twins relatively late in his life, and he became a devoted and most attentive parent to Michan and Pauline. He retired from teaching to be a stay-at-home Dad and spent his days caring for the family. John shared with his children his love for music and film. Mornings often found John whistling a tune at home or playing the piano, or he could be spotted late in the evening enjoying an obscure example of film noir. And he was an accomplished cook who loved to prepare delicious Italian and French cuisine for his family. John was also a first-rate amateur carpenter, who made extensive historical renovations to his family's homes in Riverdale and Winchester. He gave his many talents to enrich the life of his family.

John is survived by his wife Maria (Sullivan), children Michan and Pauline (15), brothers Stephen (Sharon) and Mark DeGeorge (Mitch Reif), niece Emily, and nephew Matthew.

The family asks that any donations be made to the Boston Higashi School, 800 North Main Street, Randolph, MA 02368.