Alex BOGUSKI

BOGUSKI Alex October 11, 1919 – November 9, 2007 Alex was born and raised in Lethbridge, Alberta. He was the 6th of nine children. In 1941 he was drafted into the army, and married Esther Odland that fall. He enjoyed special treatment in the army as part of the regiment boxing team. In 1945 he won the Golden Gloves Championship in the Welterweight (147 lbs.) Division. After his discharge he went back to farming in Southern Alberta as well as working at the coal mine just east of Coalhurst. In the early 50's he demonstrated and sold Wear Ever pots and pans in Central Alberta, but farming was always nearest his heart, and he went back to the Crystal Lake district near Lethbridge. Self proclaimed as a "jack-of-all-trades and master-of-none" he even became a licensed auctioneer. After some years of living in the city of Lethbridge, running the Pfaff Sewing Center and later working for the Oliver Chemical Company, Alex and Esther made their last big move to their farm at Condor in 1962. He found his niche in buying and selling dairy replacement stock, and was well known at all of the Central Alberta auction marts. Alex maintained a very active lifestyle, and loved physical exercise, running five miles a day for many years, breaking and riding horses, and training young boxers in Lethbridge, and later, Rocky Mountain House. In 1967 he was the head coach for the Canadian boxing team at the Pan Am Games held in Winnipeg. As they cut back on farming activities, Alex and Esther enjoyed traveling to visit family which included an annual trip to California, active involvement in the Senior Centers in the surrounding communities, from Rocky Mountain House to Eckville, and of course their church in Alhambra. Church-life was an important part of his life, and he loved to sing. Esther always knew the words to almost any song, and what Alex couldn't remember, he made up. Throughout his life, it was not the struggles or problems that marked his conversations, but the faithfulness of God and the importance of family relationships which he treasured the most. Alex is survived by his five children: Myrna Mantik, Eileen Lagore, Bonnie Van Voorst, Bettejean Mueller and Bruce Boguski; eleven grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; one brother, Tony Bogusky; two sisters, Josie Snider and Frances Vaselenek. He was pre-deceased by his wife Esther in 2003; one grandson; one sister and four brothers. The Funeral service for the late Mr. Alex Boguski will be held at the Eckville Community Center on Wednesday, November 14 at 11:00 a.m. Following the service a Fellowship Reception will be held. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Alex & Esther Boguski Memorial Fund c/o the Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, Box 7, Alhambra, AB T0M 0C0. ROCKY AND SYLVAN LAKE FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements. 403-845-2626.


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