William R. Boroska

February 1, 1947November 21, 2012

Bill Boroska was born February 1, 1947, and passed away November 21, 2012. He is survived by his loving wife Maureen, brother Mark, children Macy (Casey), Britt, and Mindy, grandchildren Abigail, Trevor, and Leah.

Bill devoted his life to his profession as a house-cat wrangler in the Western deserts of Siberia. He also spent parts of his life as a personal butler to the rich and famous, working with such well-known stars as Weird Al Yankovic, Mr. Bill, and Toonces the Driving Cat. He also worked for a number of “B-list” celebrities by the names of Sinatra, Garfunkle and Spielberg, who unfortunately were not able to make their careers take off. He was known for never using any form of sarcasm or ironic comments, and was said to not have a satirical bone in his body.

In truth, Bill enjoyed utilizing his creative talents for over 30 years at J. Walter Thompson advertising, after serving in the United States Army in Bangkok, Thailand. His love for his family and his passion and talent for music, comedy and entertainment inspired all who knew him. We will miss you Bill, Dad, Grandpa, Brock Brannigan, Phanman.

Family will receive visitors on Sunday, November 25, from 2:00 – 5:00 pm, at the Pixley Funeral Home, 2904 Orchard Lake Road, Keego Harbor, Michigan.


  • Memorial Gathering Sunday, November 25, 2012

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Linda DavisGarza

July 22, 2013

Am totally shocked to the core. I have known, loved Bill as a wonderful friend from 2nd or 3rd grade all the way through high school graduation. I was so happy when Maureen & her bro Marc moved here & that was it... Bill & Maureen had true love. It was an amazing honor to be a bridesmaid in their wedding... Will always miss u Bill. We really did have some brilliant school bus rides (yea, oozing laughter, funny, witty, both oozing artistic signs between Bill & Maureen. Hope I get to see Maureen, especially, since am now in FL. This is so hurtful, forgive me, if any word I said may have not been as a high compliment to an amazing, gifted friend. LindaDavisGarza 7/21/2013

Vince Doyle

December 3, 2012

Dear Boroska's,
I worked with and enjoyed "Bill the Bear" oh so much in my years at JWT. I regret not having seen him for too long, and now he is gone. I'm sad about that, and yet I see his humor lingers on. He was lovable as a teddy bear, hence the nick name I'm sure. I'm sure you all miss him immensely. Fondly, Vinny.

Mark Foote

November 30, 2012

Dear Maureen and children,
Life gives us a handful of friends if that, that we can truly say "friend" and Bill was so much more to me.I looked up to him as a brother and respected him with the highest regard.His kindness and generous heart shined day in, and day out. How I wish I could express in some way my deepest sympathy for you all. I love your husband and father, and can't imagine these past days have been easy. Placing your thoughts in prayer. Knowing the troubles Bill dealt with.I know this man is high in the glory of God, and surely will be watching out for us all. I am here for you all. If I can be of help in any way, please call on me.God's peace be with you Maureen. Stay in touch. ~Marky~ Mark Foote

November 29, 2012

Bill befriended my son, Mark Foote, years ago and encouraged and inspired him to continue in his pursuit of making each recording better, richer. When Bill and you, Maureen, came to visit him here in Cortland, it was such a wonderful time and cemented their love and friendship forever. I am not sure Bill realized just what a far reach he had because of his love for music and performers but it is truly vast. Bill will be deeply missed by Mark and all those who associated with him on KIK, his on line family. My prayers will continue for you and your family, Maureen. God bless. Irene Foote, Mark's mom

Keith Woods

November 27, 2012

I was very saddened to hear the news about Bill. Bill was a smart and funny guy and I enjoyed working with him while I was at JWT. My sympathies to his family. Keith Woods

MJ Moore

November 27, 2012

To the Boroska Clan: I am so sorry to learn of Bill's passing. I worked with him for about 12 years at J. Walter Thompson and I always found him to be funny, charming and very, very kind. When I'd have various Ford International projects, I could always count on Bill to help me out, with patience and tremendous humor. His talent always contributed to the success of the project! I can't help but think of him and smile! MJ (Mary Jane) Liddy-Moore, Detroit

Pam Csatari

November 27, 2012

I had the pleasure of working with Bill many years ago at J. Walter Thomspon when I was a young pup in the buisness. He was just a great guy to work with, and always had a uniquely "Bill" view on whatever we were dealing with that particular day. He made us laugh and that was a great gift. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Dennis DeMilner

November 27, 2012

I am saddened by Bill's passing. Some of my fondest memories were working at the golf course with him in the 70s. His clever wit and amazing creativity made it so much more than a job. It was like being in a sitcom. Every day Bill would come up with something new and original like a song parody, a character impression or just a funny story.

We kept in touch over the years and in the 90s collaborated on a newsletter lampooning our greens keeping days. Bill was also a good musician and prolific in the recording studio. His fabulous debut album, “Ballads of the Basement” was followed by several more terrific recordings all of which parodied the golf course years. I know there are many that believe as I do that Bill was a comedic genius, a gifted writer and a great guy. He will be missed.

November 26, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with you Maureen and your family. I remember all of the good times we had while we were at WTHS. You have my deepest sympathy and I hope in time the memories you have of Bill will ease your pain.
Karin Hunt Jacobs (Mansfield, OH)

Ellan Morgan

November 26, 2012

I will treasure the friendship Bill gave to me as long as I live. He was one of a kind. Prayers for Maureen and the family. Words simply cannot express the feelings.
Rest in peace buddy.