Louis Raymond Bozard Jr.
August 15, 1921 – June 13, 2020
On June 13, Louis R. Bozard passed just shy of his 99th birthday. A veteran, father, and lifelong Virginian, Louis was born in Norfolk on August 15, 1921, the eldest of a family of three boys and two girls. He worked hard during his high school years in various jobs to help his family during the Depression. A multi-sport athlete, his basketball skills got him recruited to St. Mary’s Catholic High School his sophomore year, a move that changed his life. As he explained to the family, his first day at St. Mary’s left a lasting impression. “I stepped in the door and didn’t know exactly where to go. I couldn’t find the principal’s office,” he said. “I heard somebody coming down the stairs and this pretty girl walked right past me, and said ‘Can I help you?’ She knew I was a stranger.” Louis told her he was looking for the principal’s office. The young lady said she’d show him where it was. “We walked up to the second floor and I said to myself ‘Gee, this is a good start.’” That beautiful 16-year-old student, Doris Fitzpatrick, would become his wife, and they enjoyed 65 happy years of marriage until Doris passed away in 2009. Two years after marrying, Louis, in Naval Intelligence, was sent to the Pacific Campaign remaining in Japan for an additional year following the war’s end. He worked in the finance department of the Seaboard Railroad Company for 32 years and a company transfer prompted a move from Norfolk to Richmond in 1959. The family lived in Bon Air where he was a founding member in St. Edward’s Catholic Church and a coach for many Huguenot Little League baseball teams. In 1984, Louis and Doris moved to the same street his two sons, Dick (Kathy Lynn) and Bill (Margaret),still live. His daughter, Kathleen Farwell also survives him along with his grandsons, Richard F. Bozard, II (Kristi Engelman) and Daniel Gidick (Kinsey), great grandson Wells Louis Gidick, and sister, Margaret Mozier (Dick). He was preceded in death by his grandson, Billy Bozard. His belief that life be viewed as positive is a lifelong comfort sustaining his family through joyful and sad times. Until his last breath he maintained that same joyful attitude and kind spirit. So how do we mourn this man, a patriot, devoted father, and the picture of a Virginia gentleman? We take solace in knowing that, without question, just like at St. Mary’s all those years ago, Doris is standing at the top of heaven’s stairs welcoming Louis home. The family offers warmest thanks to the staff at Spring Arbor Cottage of Salisbury who provided the best of care to Louis. We also express our gratitude to the hospice nurses for their love and dedication. Graveside services will be private. Online condolences may be made at www.woodyfuneralhomehuguenot.com.
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Louis Raymond Bozard Jr.
June 22, 2020
Dick and Kathy,
Please accept our condolences on the death of Dick's beloved dad. We never had the pleasure of knowing him, but we enjoyed sharing memories you shared . And we know he helped raise an outstanding man in Dick. Please know you and your entire family are in our hearts at this sad time.
Ann and Steve Long
June 22, 2020
I want to share with the Bozard family my deepest sympathies over the passing of your father. Growing up in Woodmont, being a paperboy for the Bozards, and attending St. Edwards Church, I had the good fortune of knowing the Bozard family...all of whom are wonderful people. My favorite memory of your father was his soft-spoken kindness and friendly smile. He always would greet everyone with such warmth and that wonderful smile. My siblings and I still reminisce about how "neat" Mr. Bozard was to everyone. He is a shining example of why we call his generation...the Greatest Generation. What a wonderful person, life and family. God bless.
June 21, 2020
My sincerest condolences on the loss of your father, Bill.
June 19, 2020
Uncle Louis's life was a life lived to its fullest. A happy marriage, a wonderful family and a loving home were just some of the great things he accomplished. With three children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, his legacy will certainly live on. Try to remember the little things, the laughter. We all have our personal stories to tell....Dick and I grass seeded the house while Aunt Dot was talking on the phone, that was a mistake on her part, we were put in our cribs until Uncle Louis returned home that evening.....I guess we stayed cribbed until the mess was cleaned up. The pain might seem unbearable now, but in time, it is these memories that will win through and all will find happiness again. Our thoughts are with you and all of the Fitzpatrick cousins.
June 18, 2020
I had the best father-in-law anyone could hope for. Even just the way he said my name, with such a bright, welcoming spirit, made me feel so good, always. He has constantly been there for us, from early days when he stayed with Rick when we went to the hospital when Billy was born, through all the great times and the challenging ones too, where he said, “Better days ahead”. He was the kindest, most family oriented gentleman I have ever known. He taught my husband how to be a good and kind man for which I am ever grateful. He instilled in Bill the love of sports, especially Baseball, and the intrigue of Finance and passed on those healthy Bozard genes that I hope serve Bill and Rick and the Bozard boys well. He lived a great life and almost made it to 99 so we are grateful for all those wonderful years together. We are so very sad to say goodbye but remain hopeful that the glory of the reunion with loved ones awaits Louis. I feel blessed to have shared my life with such a great man.
June 17, 2020
Our most sincere condolences to our cousins and their family in the sadist time of the life cycle. Uncle Louis was a soft-spoken gentleman to all who were blessed came across this path. He always had something good to say no matter what the topic of conversation was or whom it is was about.
One memory I will never forget. I was maybe 5 or 6 years-old visiting Richmond town. I liked visiting cause they had a pool down the street. I recall one warm summer evening when Uncle Louis came into the den with a bowl of ice cream (he loved his ice cream) and Aunt "Dot" started yelling at him for eating ice cream and not asking "Jimmy" if he wanted any ice cream. Poor uncle Louis didn't know what to say, he just looked at me and sort of whispered "would you like some ice cream Jimmy?" I was so scared of Aunt Dot, I answered, no thank you, so Uncle Louis wouldn't get in any more trouble. I felt so sorry that I got him in trouble. I was scared of Aunt "Dot" until my early 40's. She yelled more than my own mother "her twin, Helen". One day Aunt "Dot" was visiting my house with uncle Louis and other family members when I paid her back by spiking her ice-cold soda with vodka. She just smiled and kept talking and sometime later said, she would like another one, that was good “Boy” (she like to use that word boy a lot). When I finally told her what I had done. She didn't believe me with a silly grin. I looked at Uncle Louis and he just smiled and I just smiled back. “Gotcha Aunt Dot”. Who said “she never drank alcohol in her life?” Welcome to our house I said back.
Uncle Louis never failed to ask me over the years how James, (my son) was doing. You see both of them served in the US Army and have been to war some 68 years apart. Both are soldiers who took an oath to protect and serve. They both are my Heroes. May you rest in peace Uncle Louis and enjoy your ice cream in Heaven until we meet again.
June 16, 2020
This is your cousin Linda. I always remember the beautiful smile and countenance of Uncle Louis. He was always so kind and personable. Family is so very important. After my father died in 1978, whenever I saw Uncle Louis, I saw a remembrance of my father as well. What a blessing that was for me. You are all so fortunate to have had your father in your lives for such a long time. We all celebrated his life.
June 15, 2020
Uncle Louis I know you are so happy to be with Aunt Dot and Helen.
Will miss your gentle ways and warm smile.
Love to the family,