February 16, 2012
Optimists Alumni, Toronto Signals
April 9, 1945 - February 16, 2012
Bogo was a kind, thoughtful man with a wonderful sense of humour. His ability to deal with adversity and truly live one day at a time was an inspiration to all who knew him.
Bogo began his musical life in Slovenia, in a marching band. Very much later in life, long after he had moved to Toronto, he joined the Toronto Signals Band. For a few years, Bogo also played with the Optimists Alumni. Often he would perform with both groups on the same day; sometimes at the same show! Bogo continued marching with the Toronto Signals even after being diagnosed with prostate cancer, having surgery and later chemotherapy and even a knee replacement. He also joined the Burlington Concert Band and continued playing with them when he became physically unable to march. Bogo enjoyed every minute of it and the family became his cheering section!
Bogo had always wanted to attend university. Now that he has donated his body for medical research at the University of Toronto, his dream has been realized.
Here are a few comments from some of those who knew him.
"He always had a sense of humor and thoroughly enjoyed playing the trumpet. I'm sure God is enjoying his company and his music."
"I was lucky to have known Bogo...a kind soul. Always had a smile, joke or email to make life interesting."
"My dad was happiest playing trumpet and enjoyed the company of all of you."