New Jersey native Spencer Boker was born on February 8th 1923 to John Rockwell Bokor and Irene Margaret Keating Bokor… ☆▪☆▪☆▪☆▪☆▪☆▪☆ According to The Tampa Tribune, “After graduating from Central High School in 1941, Spencer enlisted in the Navy and served aboard PT boats in the South Pacific during WWII…” Spencer served as Gunner's Mate Second Class in the United States Navy and was Honorably Discharged on November 17th 1944…
After his discharge, Mr. Boker “attended the University of Tampa where he met and married his wife, Toni [Antoinette E.] Wadsworth on November 14, 1947”… The couple had 7 children…
Spencer Boker passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital on July 7th 1995… His viewing was held on July 10th at St. Paul Catholic Church (12708 N. Dale Mabry) with a funeral service starting at 1:00 P.M.... The proud Soldier was laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery.... In lieu of flowers, the family asked for “donations to Hospice of Hillsborough, Inc. 3010 W. Azeele St., Tampa, FL 33609”
The following was quoted from Mr.Bokor’s Obituary published in The Tampa Tribune on July 9th 1995: “SPENCER BOKOR, 72, of Tampa died Friday at St. Joseph’s Hospital. A native of Passaic, N. J. He was in the insurance and banking industry, spent 21 years in the scrap metal industry. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart, a Presidential Unit Citation, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and World War II Victory Medal. He is survived by his wife, Toni; three daughters, Irene Bokor of Melbourne and Chris Rodriguez and Karen Manteiga, both of Tampa; four sons, Mark, Mike, Clark and Matt, all of Tampa; three sisters, Fannie Spano of Grand Junction, Colo. and Doris Morris and Jennie Camp. both of Tampa; 18 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Curry & Son Funeral Home.” Spencer Bokor...Beloved Husband, Father, and United States Navy hero during the Second World War... Before & After...
We took a walk today to the cemetery. It's so peaceful. I saw this marker and it made me think about this woman's life.
She was born before the Civil War and saw the abolishment of slavery. She couldn't vote. There were no cars, phones, TV, supermarkets, refrigerators, anything battery powered, or most conveniences we know today.
She died before we landed on the moon, before most houses had a phone, some people still had ice delivered, no TV dinners, no civil rights movement, and most people still traveled cross country by train. Steam train a lot of the time.
I hope you had an amazing life, Annie McKee.
Ils sont arrivés pour nous libérer, mais ils sont restés emprisonnés sur nos terres. Ils reposent devant cette mer qui les a vu arriver. J’ai trouvé ce lieux calme et reposant. J’ai pu discuter avec une américaine qui venait pour la première fois ici, se recueillir sur la tombe de son père. C’était très émouvant. Merci d’avoir libéré nos terres, et merci à nos soldats. #cimetiereamericain#war#soldats#america#colleville#cemetery#france#trip#normandie