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Bohdan 'Bob' Kowal

It is with great sadness that the family of Bohdan J. Kowal announce his passing. Bob died on December 18, 2021 while battling Covid-19 at Garnet Health Medical Center in Middletown, New York. He was 73 years old. Bob was a man of great generosity, keen intelligence, and deep faith. He is survived by his beloved wife of 24 years, Joan (Rapkin) Kowal.

Bob was born in Wattrelos, France on August 25, 1948. His parents were Anna Kruba and Wasyl Kowal. Anna and Wasyl were both from Ukraine. They met in France after World War II. When Bob was 8 years old (1956), the family of four emigrated to the United States by passenger ship. They arrived with not much more than a trunk of earthly possessions. Their sponsor lived in Perth Amboy, so Bob lived there first. Fortunately, his school teacher also spoke French! Bob was thus able to learn English quickly. The family then moved to the lower East side of New York City where he attended Saint George's Ukrainian elementary school. Eventually they were able to purchase an apartment building in Astoria, Queens. Bob commuted to Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx and graduated in 1966. He ran cross-country at Hayes and liked to tell people that his team practiced in Coonsdam Park --- now the site of the new Yankee Stadium. This was fitting for the Yankee fan that he was!

Bob graduated from the City College of New York in 1973 with a B.S. in Computer Science. He worked for Pan American World Airways for 14 years and then for Citigroup as a systems analyst until his retirement in 2013. He was always a go-to guy at work and he was honored as a Citistar in 1999. Bob commuted 90 miles a day to his office in New Jersey for the better part of his career! He was with Citi for 26 years. Bob was always grateful for his colleagues there and for the teamwork they consistently displayed.

Bob stayed busy in retirement. He was a charter member of the Ellenville Assembly of God for 40 years and conscientiously served two terms on the Church Council. Bob's faith in Jesus Christ informed his life. He walked in obedient faith and trusted God on a daily basis. He loved the verse, "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15. Bob did just that.

He was also a member of the Wawarsing Rod and Gun Club and of the NRA. Bob loved animals and he fed a flock of pigeons daily. (His father had raised pigeons in France.) He enjoyed photography, loved model trains, and created a big HO layout in his basement. In his earlier years he was a runner, competing in area races and he even ran a marathon in London, England!

In addition to his wife Joan, Bob is survived by his cherished son Dr. Alexander Kowal and dear daughter-in-law Theresa Kowal and his four precious grandsons Thomas, John, Peter, and Mark---all of Orefield, PA. He is also survived by his two nieces Adrienne Gulakowski and Teresa Czubak. Bob also leaves behind his dear sister-in-law Michelle Rapkin of Ocean Grove, NJ. Bob was predeceased by his sister Stephanie Kowal and by a three-month-old baby brother Andre Wasyl born in France.

Bob's family is deeply grateful for the excellent care afforded him at Garnet Health Medical Center in Middletown, NY. That care began with the ER staff and continued through his stay on 4 South and, finally, the ICU at 3 East. We are so appreciative of everyone on these units.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, December 22 at Loucks Funeral Home, 79 N Main St, Ellenville, NY from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A Ukrainian Panakhyda is scheduled for 8 p.m. during the viewing. A memorial service will be held at the Ellenville Assembly of God, 67 Canal St on Thursday, December 23 at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bob's memory to Samaritan's Purse or to the Ellenville First Aid and Rescue Squad.

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To the Kowal Family, please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Bob. I worked with Bob at Pan Am. He was not only an excellent worker but also a very nice man.

Mario Medici Jan 20 2022 12:47 PM

So very sorry for your loss. I worked with Bob at Pan Am in the the 80's . It was a pleasure to have him as a coworker and friend.

Ellen Zalewski Jan 20 2022 11:36 AM

Joan and Alex. Sincere condolences. I know his sweet memories will remain in your hearts forever. Love your friend.

Jan Pomerantz Jan 18 2022 9:57 PM

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Jan Pomerantz Jan 18 2022 9:47 PM

Joan and Alex,
I am very sorry to hear of Bob's passing.
We worked together at Pan Am as well as Citibank.
He was not only a great coworker, but a friend also.
When working in Weehawken, we all made it a point to take a lunch break and enjoy each others company chatting about work issues or solving world peace.
Bob will be missed.

Bill Doolittle Dec 29 2021 4:33 PM

Joan, Alex

I'm sorry to hear about Bob's passing. I will always remember him as a great friend and coworker who spent many hours with me willing to learn encrypting ATMs, plus setting up keys for encryption box for test and production as well as for the work stations, pinpads and Citishare transactions. We often spoke even when I left Citibank just to assist him as well with available medical plans when he retired. Lily and I will miss Bob .
May BoB Rest in Peace!.

Ken and Lily Low Dec 27 2021 11:58 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Bohdan Kowal

The Glackin Family Dec 22 2021 11:17 PM

Joan, Alex,
I am so terribly sad to hear about Bob's untimely passing. He was a very respected colleague, friend and mentor. From my first day in Pan Am in 1981, he took me under his wing and helped me through some tough times on that, my first job. We actually shared the office for several years. I remember how happy he was when he met Joan, how proud he was when Alex became a doctor. Bob was a joy to work with, always ready to jump in and help, always so generous with his time and knowledge. Even after his retirement, in the back of my mind , I always knew we could count on him in the pinch. He left a long and beautiful legacy, so many people he trained, so many computer programs with his name on them still running at Citi and will run for years to come. Please accept my and Alla's deepest condolences. Bob will be in my thoughts.
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mikhail blank Dec 22 2021 9:48 PM

I am devastated at the news of Bob's passing. I will remember him always as more than a fellow Citi coworker but rather a kind, friendly, intelligent gentleman. May his family find comfort in their memories of happier times together.
Rest In Peace my friend. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Ken Kutner Dec 22 2021 12:55 PM

Joan, Alex, and Family:
I was shocked and saddened to hear of Bob's passing. I worked with Bob at Citi for many years. Between the laughs and time-crunching deadlines, it was always a pleasure to work with Bob. I remember him with fondness as I recall our time in Weehawken, working side by side, commisserating over our respective commutes (albeit mine was a fraction of Bob's), boosting each other when dealing with time-cruncing deadlines, or hanging out during lunch enjoying the downtime. When we were all displaced from Warren, speaking with Bob on the phone was a regular activity. May his memory be for a blessing.

Sue Bricker Dec 22 2021 12:24 PM

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