This year the Valley Community Association will be honoring three very special people, who passed away this past year, who impacted the community, and were great supporters of the Valley at the 25th Annual “Old Neighborhood” St. Patrick’s Day Parade – BOB BOUQUARD, MIKE HARRINGTON, PAUL SIMONICK. The parade will be held on Saturday, March 17th, 2018.
Bob “Bogie” Bouquard
Robert “Bob” Bouquard was one of ten children born to the late Cyril and Doris. Doris, who is 91 years young, was the 2001 “Old Neighborhood” St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal.
Following the route of school closures, Bob attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Saint Patrick’s, and Saint Martin’s schools and graduated from Southside High School. He was a lifelong resident of the Old First Ward living on Vandalia Street until his marriage to Lori Hahn, who hailed from O’Connell Avenue. After getting married, Bob moved to nearby Sidway Street.
He was known as Bobby to his family and “Bogie” to his friends. He certainly had lots of friends that were all ages and from all walks of life. This was evident when he got married and had 14 groomsmen including his best friend and neighbor the late Bruce Grande.
Bob worked for the City of Buffalo before being forced to retire with kidney disease, relying on dialysis three times a week. He was fortunate to have a transplant in 2002 and was able to enjoy being home with Zachery, his only son. Zak born in 2002 and in the short 14 years they were together, Bob was the greatest Dad to him. Bob taught, encouraged, and attended of all of Zak’s activities including all of his elementary school years when Zak attended the Valley Community Association’s “Striving For Excellence” afterschool program. He was so proud of all that Zak accomplished including being a hockey player, a National Junior Honor Society inductee, the Discovery School 2016 Salutatorian, and attending Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School. Bob and his wife Lori were seen almost daily at the VCA throughout Zak’s life and were very supportive of all VCA events.
Bob was a fan of golf, horse racing, Notre Dame football, and the Buffalo Sabres. Saturday and Sunday mornings were special to him when he helped run the family business – Bouquard’s Boat Livery – and was able to catch up with family and friends.
He loved his Irish heritage and hosted an open house every year during the “Old Neighborhood” Saint Patrick’s Parade where he had his famous corned beef, beers, and lots of laughs. Bob was extremely loyal to his family, friends, and the community. It was while he was visiting his good friend, Paul Simonick, another honoree this year, at Veterans Hospital that Bob took sick, drove home, and suffered cardiac arrest. Bob passed away 10 days later – just 4 days apart from his good friend Paul “Kielbas” Simonick.
Bob is survived by his wife Lori; son Zak; mother Doris; and siblings Mary (Harvey) Guillow, John (Lita) Bouquard, Maggie (Joe) Krug, Geri (late Michael) Comerford, Trisha (James) Hiller, June (Tom) McMahon, James Bouquard, Theresa (Paul Horohoe) Bouquard, Anne (Tony) Makowski. He is also survived by his in laws Gary (Cheryl) Hahn, David (Kathy) Hahn, and Linda (Jerry) Nostrant as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
2018 Grand Marshal
James “Jim” Sumbrum Sr. has been chosen as the Grand Marshal of the 25th edition of the “Old Neighborhood” St. Patrick’s Day Parade and will lead the procession through the historic streets of the Valley and Old First Ward neighborhoods on Saturday, March 17th, 2018.
The Parade Route
The 25th annual parade will kick off at 12 Noon from the Valley Community Center and will wind through the streets of the historic Buffalo River Community. Viewing of the parade is available along South Park Avenue (between Hamburg Street and Smith Street), Smith Street (between South Park Avenue and Elk Street), Elk Street (between Smith Street and South Park Avenue), Hamburg Street (between South Park Avenue and South Street), and South Street (between Hamburg Street and Louisiana Street).
Immediately following the parade will be the traditional grand Irish “Hooley” featuring live music by “Emerald Isle” as well as plenty of food and drink. The “Hooley” runs from 1pm-5pm at the Valley Community Center.
For More Information on the Valley’s St. Patrick’s Day Festivities
- Call Lori at – 716-823-4707 ext. 4
- “Like” the Valley Community Center on Facebook
- Follow the agency on Twitter @VCAssociation