|10/8/2013 10:30:00 AM|
Bruce Michael Boggio was born Dec. 28, 1957, and passed away Aug. 28, 2013, reuniting with his parents, Joseph and Rose (Chivario) Boggio, as well as his niece, Arie Boggio and nephew Joshua Boggio.
Bruce leaves behind his daughter, three brothers, three sisters, eighteen nieces and nephews, seven great-nieces and great-nephews and one special cousin, Lori.
Bruce’s daughter, Jessica and her husband, Tim Kelly live outside of Dallas, Texas. His brothers Joe Jr., Vince, and sister Mary (Mark) Judd, all live in Hennepin. Living in Granville are Bruce’s brother, Keith (Denise) and sister, Cindy (Bill) Migliorini. Bruce’s youngest sister, Kris (Dan) Trone reside in McNabb.
Bruce’s friends and family are encouraged to share their memories at his memorial 4-7 p.m. Saturday in Dysart-Cofoid Funeral Chapel, Granville.
Bruce wrote in personal journals; he called his life a wonder tale and was always ready for his next adventure. This is the story of Bruce’s 55-year-old adventure.
Bruce was born into the prosperous and hard-working Boggio family. He was an outgoing child who learned to blend with his older brother Joe and remaining siblings. Bruce was very active in his family’s business, Boggio’s Country Produce and Boggio’s Orchard and Produce. During the fall seasons he took part in hand-painting pumpkins for the produce markets. Bruce truly enjoyed how the fresh, home cooked, Italian meals brought everyone together in the Boggio family. As Bruce slowly watched his parents pass and while his daughter, nieces and nephews grew; he realized how important it is to preserve memories.
While attending Putnam County High School, Bruce bought a 1973 Chevelle SS that was dark gold metallic and he had custom black rally stripes added. This made him the talk of the town. Upon graduating in1976 he went on to Illinois Valley Community College while he farmed. One year later in October, he was in a farming accident in the field. Bruce was 19 years old when he became paralyzed from the waist down for the rest of his life.
Bruce experienced anger, pain and shock. Eventually he found the strength and acceptance to cope with no use of his legs. Since the harsh, snowy winters made it difficult for him to get around, he decided to move to the warm west coast. He ended up in Yuma, Ariz., where he met a lady named Kathy who owned The Rainbow Center, a place for disabled children. Bruce was intrigued and spent all of his time with the children observing their behaviors and volunteering at the center. Quickly, Bruce realized his disability did not have to slow him down. This motivated him to show the children how to keep trying. Up to Bruce’s death, he and Kathy still remained friends. Bruce’s passion continued to grow for improved education, teaching children how to be resourceful, and finding solutions to everyday life. Bruce went on to open and operate Children’s Learning Center in Oceanside, Calif. Over 20 years later, Children’s Learning Center remains in business. It still has the same mission Bruce started, which is to encourage and help children develop according to their capacity.
Bruce devoted his life to research, learning and inventing. Starting at an early age and continuing throughout his life, Bruce experimented with various woods for building. Recently, he created harvested, hand-carved walking sticks, for which he obtained a patent. He also was very skilled with cutting, shaping and polishing rocks, gemstones. He took pride in his work, creations and knowledge. Bruce sought engaging conversations and collaborated ideas with caring individuals, even though his ideas were ahead of his time. Bruce continued to work tirelessly throughout each community he resided in, in an effort to make the world a better place.
Bruce will be missed. He was a true friend.
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