As Mr. Bovay’s caretaker for the past 8 years, I was extremely privileged to have cared for someone who was so smart, caring and generous. I remember going to school, then coming in to assist Mr. Bovay, and realizing I had just stepped into another classroom. He taught me that life should be lived to its fullest. He told me his life experiences and struggles. He told me he felt strongly about getting an education, and of course always pushed me to get my degree. He once shared with me his story on what it took for him to literally pursue his education. He had inquired as a young boy, with all of his father’s friends as to which was the school to go. “ I remember hitchhiking myself from Tennessee all the way to Cornell University with only so many cents and many sleepless nights. We could do that back then. I don’t recommend you hitchhiking now.” He told me with a smile. It was inspiring and an honor to have been a part of Mr. Bovay’s life for so many years, and to have been with him until the end. He will be greatly missed not only for the footprint he left here on this Earth but for his sense or humor and countless jokes.
May You Rest in Peace Sir,
With Love, Adoration and True Respect for a Great Human Being,