Joseph Fred BOCHEK

Joseph Fred Bochek

July 22, 1927 – April 9, 2014

Joseph Fred Bochek, 86, of Parksville, BC, passed away on Wednesday, April 9th at Trillium Lodge.  Joe was predeceased by his incredible wife, Christel, whom he married in 1948.  They had relocated to Vancouver Island in 1972.

Born July 22, 1927 in Climax, Saskatchewan, Joe was a larger than life individual whose presence filled a room and his baritone voice and deep laugh carried through a crowd.

He wore many different hats, from farmer, to rancher to truck driver to commercial fisherman, to woodworker.  Joe was capable of creating amazing pieces of art and furniture from burls which remain distinctive and timeless in their rugged beauty. 

Throughout his entire life though, his one true passion was bluegrass and country music. 

Joe and his Gibson Hummingbird guitar will be fondly remembered as a fixture and co-founder of the Coombs Bluegrass Festival and within the bluegrass community.

Joe leaves behind daughter Linda (Al) Achtymichuk; sons, Duane Bochek and Daryl Bochek; 

grandchildren, Craig, Marc, and Kevin Martini:

Jeff, Greg, Jesse, and Guiseppe Bochek: and

Krystal Clark (Bochek).  He was also privileged

to have 11great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life was held for Joe at the Yates Funeral Chapel on April 15, 2014 and was attended by family and many

beloved friends from the Parksville area, who shared their love and stories of Joe and how he had impacted their lives.

Rest In Peace, Joe

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