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GEORGETOWN - Alexander L. Boch, Jr., (called Alex, Al or Juni) of Georgetown, passed away peacefully at the Hannah Duston Health Care Center, Haverhill.He was 91 years old and lived a full and wonderful life.
Mr. Boch was born in Randolph, Mass., on Sept. 18, 1926, the son of the late Alessandro Boch and Marietta Rovello, who immigrated to the US in 1899, and the brother of Andrew, Alfred and Victor Boch, all deceased.
He was educated in the Boston school system. After high school, he enlisted in the Navy and served during both WWII and the Korean War. Upon receiving his honorable discharge, he earned his Master's degree in English from the University of Miami. He taught for years in the Reading and Lexington High school systems.Al knew Spanish, Italian and French. He joined Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, in 1982, and served as an adjunct English professor as a Second Language teacher for 28 years until he retired at the age of 84.
A friend and peer remarked, "It is hard to find a teacher who was more loved than Alex. Teaching was service to Alex and he served his students well. He was more than a colleague. He was a friend in and out of the college."Alex also attended Riverside Congregational Church in Lawrence. He came to be called the "poet laureate" of the church for his frequent, often humorous, readings at the social hour after the service. He also made visits to nursing homes, where his singing ability, tambourine and drum playing kept residents entertained even when Alex was well into his eighties.
He is survived by his son, Michael Boch and daughter-in-law, Terry Boch of Raleigh, NC, and his three grandchildren, Derian Boch, Cailyn Boch and Cameron Boch, all of Raleigh, N.C. His ex-wife, Kathryn Boch, lives in Hyannis.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend his visitation on Saturday morning, February 10, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., followed by a Funeral Service at 12:15 p.m. at the H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home, 106 Summer St., Haverhill. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of the donors choice. To share a memory or for more information, please visit www.farmerfuneralhomes.com.
Published on February 7, 2018
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