Boeko, Jack Lewis, passed away on Friday morning, March 18, 2011, at the age of 77. A native of Canada and in recent years a South Florida resident, Mr. Boeko led a full and rich life, which he shared with his extended family and numerous friends. Mr. Boeko was born on September 10, 1933, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He came from humble beginnings but achieved great things in his life. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Williams University and a Master's degree from McGill University School of Social Work. He began his work in this field at the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies and the YM-YWHA in Montreal and went on to serve over the years as the executive director of the Jewish Community Center of New Orleans, the 92nd Street Y in New York and the JCC of Metrowest New Jersey. Mr. Boeko was the founder of Cinema U, a successful film series he created after relocating from New Jersey to Florida. The series served as an outlet for his passion for film and created learning opportunities for attendees as it explored the ties between current issues and film themes and genres. Mr. Boeko was preceded in death by his wife, Rhona Hagler Boeko; parents, Sam and Annie and his brothers, Norman and Harry, all of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Mr. Boeko is survived by his sister, Fay Boeko of Deerfield Beach, FL; sons, Steven Boeko of Harrisburg, NC, and Bruce Boeko and his wife Linda Zettler Boeko, of Nashville, TN; and two grandchildren, Davis Boeko of Nashville and Arielle Boeko of Harrisburg. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 21, at Riverside Gordon Memorial Chapel, 2305 West Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach, FL. The shiva will be private. The burial is being planned for Friday at Beth Israel Cemetery, U.S. Highway 1 North, Woodbridge, NJ. Those wishing to memorialize Mr. Boeko's life with gifts are asked to donate to the Jack Boeko Endowment Fund at the Adolph and Rose Levis Jewish Community Center, 9801 Donna Klein Boulevard, Boca Raton, FL 33428 (561-852-3200); or the Boeko/Hagler Purim Fund or the Jack Boeko Visionary Fund through the Jewish Community Foundation of MetroWest New Jersey by calling the Development Office at: 973-530-3427.
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Published in Sun-Sentinel on Mar. 20, 2011