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BOJKO, Thomas Paul

Thomas Paul Bojko passed away Tuesday (May 28, 2013) in Maine after a long illness. He was born June 27,1938, in Hartford to Walter and Barbara Mikan Bojko. Tom lived much of his life in East Hartford, CT, prior to retiring in Biddeford Pool, Maine. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Central Connecticut State University. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1961-1968. Tom excelled in track and football throughout high school and college, setting several records in track and reaching All New England status in the quarter mile. In addition, he was a member of the winning quarter-mile team at the 1960 Penn Relays. Tom was a teacher in the East Hartford Public Schools for 31 years, and coached the boys' and girls' swim teams at Penney High School. Throughout high school and college he was a lifeguard at several East Hartford Town Pools. He later became swimming director for the town. Tom was also a timer for the 1972 Olympic Swim Trials. Later as a resident of Maine, he was active in the Biddeford Pool Community Club and the Biddeford Pool Volunteer Fire Department, serving as a Fire Department trustee at the time of his death. Tom enjoyed sailing, deep-sea fishing, and his annual road trip to Key West. Tom is survived by his three children - Cathleen Benettieri, Mary Anne Bojko, Thomas Bojko, Jr. - and their mother, Maureen Kenny Bojko. He also leaves his granddaughter, Katie Benettieri, his sisters, Margo Bojko and Barbara Ryan and her husband, Dr. James Ryan.
There will be no calling hours and burial services will be private. Memorial donations may be made in Tom's name to the Biddeford Pool Volunteer Fire Department (Post Office Box 169 Biddeford Pool, Maine 04006) or Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, (One Exchange Plaza, 55 Broadway, Suite 302, New York, New York 10006).

Published in The Hartford Courant on May 31, 2013
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