PORT ALLEGANY - David A. Bockoras, 60, of East Mill Street, passed away unexpectedly Sunday (Jan. 12, 2014) in UPMC Hamot in Erie.
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Born Dec. 17, 1953, in Port Allegany, he was a son of George S. and Ellie Sellers Bockoras. On June 6, 1980, in Port Allegany, he married Barbara E. Patton, who survives.
David was lifelong resident of the area and a graduate of Port Allegany High School, Class of 1971. He attended Penn State University, Mount Alto campus, majoring in forestry.
Mr. Bockoras was employed with Verallia Co. (formerly Pierce Glass Co.) of Port Allegany, retiring Jan. 1, 2014, after 38 years of service.
He was a member of the Gethsemane Lutheran Church, F&AM Liberty Lodge 505, and Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge 460, all of Port Allegany, the Coudersport Consistory, A.B.A.T.E. of Pennsylvania, former member and leader of the Boy Scouts of America, where he earned his Eagle Scout. He was also a member of the National Speological (Caving) Society and a life member of the Mid-Atlantic Karst Conservancy. He also enjoyed stamp and coin collecting. David recently became a motorcycle enthusiast before his retirement.
Surviving are his wife Barbara; a son, Benjamin A. (Erin) Bockoras of Batavia, N.Y.; two daughters, Bobbi E. (Robert M. Brown) Bockoras of Smethport and Stephanie M. Bockoras of Port Allegany; five grandchildren, Ronald Packard, Lyla Bockoras, Azriel Luk, Andrew and Gabrielle Bockoras; a long-time friend, Daniel B. Denton of Huntington; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany. A Masonic service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family.
Memorials can be made to A.B.A.T.E. of Pennsylvania; or a
Condolences can be made at switzerfuneralhome.com
Published in The Bradford Era from Jan. 13 to Jan. 22, 2014