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Richard Daniel Boehmke, (79) passed away November 12, 2023 after a brief battle with pneumonia with his closest family by his side.

Known to all as Dan, he was born the only child to Richard W. Boehmke and Patricia A. Boehmke (Albert) on November 15, 1943. Dan is predeceased by his beloved wife Patricia (Grote). He is survived by his children Donna, Kevin (Laura) and grandchildren Erin, Jamie and Daniel, Vanessa Loftus (Mike) and grandchildren Gabriel and Jillian.

Dan was creative and a little bit eccentric — from his glorious mutton-chop mustache to his unique choices in headwear (Scottish tam to a fur trapper hat). He was a true Renaissance man with many interesting hobbies, including woodworking, bonsai trees, playing banjo and even the digeridoo (just to name a few).

Dan became a Mason like his father before him and reached the level of Senior Deacon at his Lodge. Early in 2023, he received an award of recognition for his dedicated service. It was an award that gave him great pride, but also surprised him, as he felt that he was simply doing his duty.

His greatest love was his wife Pat with whom he shared 47 years of marriage. They knew each other from a young age as their fathers were work friends, but didn’t date until later into their adult lives. They were eventually married November 23, 1974 and built a beautiful life together in Rockaway, NJ. Their home was warm and welcoming to all their friends and family — hosting many Thanksgivings and holiday parties year after year.

In 2012, they relocated to Henrietta, NY to be closer to their daughter, Vanessa and her young family, and also so Dan could officially retire. During the last decade, Dan enjoyed making new friends, traveling with Pat, exploring his hobbies, and watching his grandchildren grow.

Dan was a kind and thoughtful soul who’s quiet humility, humor and devotion to his friends and family were hallmarks of his life. He will be greatly missed by those whose lives he touched.

“The time has come,” the Walrus said, “To talk of many things: Of shoes—and ships—and sealing-wax— Of cabbages—and kings— And why the sea is boiling hot— And whether pigs have wings.”  –Lewis Carroll

Funeral services will be held at Miller Funeral Home, in Rochester, NY on December 9th at 11am. The service will be streamed for those unable to attend in person. Click HERE to livestream.

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