Bruce Bokor (1954 - 2014)

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NORTHAMPTON - Bruce Bokor of Northampton, died unexpectedly Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at his home.

Born Dec. 15, 1954, in New York, Bruce was the son of Gail and Gene Bokor. He is also survived by his sister Jill and her husband Sandford Smith; his brother Peter and his wife Jeannie Blaustein; a nephew Luc Bokor-Smith; and two nieces, Sophie and Livia Bokor.

Bruce was a graduate of Dartmouth College and went on to be a lifelong scholar, with a probing and compassionate intellect. He was a gifted athlete and considered pursuing a career in professional soccer, but ultimately pursued other interests. He was trained in massage therapy and cranial-sacral treatment and had an abiding interest in psychology and the interplay between body and mind.

To know Bruce, was to know he was a great humanitarian. He was a passionate advocate for quality education that is responsive to children's individual needs and talents. As such, he joyfully gave of his time volunteering in schools in the Pioneer Valley. His ability to connect with and adapt a childlike perspective made him popular and effective at his work. He also volunteered at homeless shelters, soup kitchens and other local non-profits. Following with his value of community involvement, Bruce was a member of River Valley Market, a fan of our local libraries, a participant in events at Pioneer Valley Shambhala Center, and a member of the congregation of B'Nai Israel.

Bruce's athleticism, first manifesting as a soccer great, went on to express itself in his love of swimming, a lifelong interest in yoga, and the exploration of dance as a form of expression and healing. Bruce arrived at Earthdance in Plainfield, in the early 90's to dance. He attended events and classes, participated in performances, helped on community work weekends, and was beloved by the Earthdance children's contingent. His preferred forms were contact improvisation and authentic movement.

Bruce's friends knew him as a sensitive and compassionate companion and ally. We delighted in his sense of humor, his theatricality, and playful engagement with life. We were inspired by his wide variety of interests and creative spirit; among other things, Bruce was an adept potter. Bruce loved music, he loved learning about people and what makes us tick, he loved NPR, the New York Times and playing chess. He was a great storyteller. Bruce Bokor explored his world with intelligence, depth, and a big heart.

Bruce's burial will take place in a private ceremony in New Jersey. There will be a memorial of his life Tuesday, June 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Friends Meeting House, 43 Center St., Northampton, MA.

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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on June 14, 2014
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