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Alexander  L. Boch
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Obituary for Alexander L. Boch

Alexander L. Boch, Jr., (called Alex, Al or Juni) of Georgetown, passed away peacefully at the Hannah Duston Health Care Center, Haverhill. He was 91 years old and lived a full and wonderful life.

Mr. Boch was born in Randolph, MA, on Sept. 18, 1926, the son of the late Alexander Boch and Marietta Rovello, who immigrated to the US in 1899, and the brother of Andrew, Alfred and Victor Boch, all deceased.

He was educated in the Boston school system. After high school, he enlisted in the Navy and served during both WWII and the Korean War. Upon receiving his honorable discharge, he furthered his education, earning his Master’s Degree in English from the University of Miami. He was employed for many years as a teacher in the Reading High and Lexington High school systems. His life revolved around the joy, passion and thrill of teaching and meeting people. Al knew Spanish, Italian and French. He joined Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, in 1982, and served as an adjunct English professor as a Second Language teacher for 28 years until he retired at the age of 84.

A friend and peer remarked, “It is hard to find a teacher who was more loved than Alex. He brought joy to his English as a Second Language classes. He was always in motion, never sitting down, enhancing the classes with music and getting students to fully participate. After class, he would tutor students. Teaching was service to Alex and he served his students well. He was also loved by his fellow ESL teachers. He was more than a colleague. He was a friend in and out of the college.”

Alex also attended Riverside Congregational Church in Lawrence, Massachusetts, for several years until his health did not permit it. He was much loved by the congregation and came to be called the "poet laureate" of the church for his frequent, often humorous, readings at the social hour after the service. He also made visits to nursing homes and shut-ins with church members. His singing ability and tambourine and drum playing kept residents entertained even when Alex was well into his eighties.

He is survived by his son Michael Boch and daughter-in-law Terry Boch of Raleigh, NC, and his three grandchildren Derian Boch, Cailyn Boch and Cameron Boch, all of Raleigh, NC. His ex-wife, Kathryn Boch, lives in Hyannis.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend his visitation on Saturday morning, February 10, from 10:00 to 12:00 noon followed by a Funeral Service at 12:15 at the H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home, 106 Summer St., Haverhill. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of the donors choice. To share a memory or for more information please visit www.farmerfuneralhomes.com.


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Visitation

Saturday

10

Feb

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home - Haverhill

106 Summer Street
Haverhill, MA 01830

Service

Saturday

10

Feb

12:15 PM
H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home - Haverhill

106 Summer Street
Haverhill, MA 01830


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