MICHAEL BOHDAN BOYKO
We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our wonderful husband and father, Michael B. Boyko on November 19, 2021, his 63rd birthday. Mike passed away peacefully, spending his final two weeks at Mercy House of the Southern Tier where angels took care of him so his family could stay and make the most of their family time. He fought a near 5-year battle with prostate cancer. Always with a positive attitude, always thinking of others throughout and voicing there are others going through something far worse every day. Always be kind.
Mike was predeceased by his mother, Luba Boyko and mother-in-law, Esther Disch and grandparents. He is survived by his loving wife of 36 1/2 years, Judith (Disch) Boyko of Binghamton and their children, Zachary (Andrea Lalley and her daughter, Mary Grace) Boyko of Binghamton and Maren (Ryan Agnew) Boyko of Vestal. Father, Stephen Boyko of Binghamton; brother, Mark Boyko of Portland, OR and sister, Christina (Donald Farquhar) Boyko of Niskayuna, NY, Father-in-law Robert Disch of Binghamton, Brothers-in-laws Robert (Annie) Disch of Beaufort, SC and Thomas (Margaret) Disch of Branchburg, NJ. Sisters-in-laws Jolie (Vito) Cantanzaro of Endwell, Janis (Gary) Galli of Chenango Bridge and Jackie Disch of Albany. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and wonderful friends. Mike will be forever missed by his furry family members, dogs Drake and Finn and his grand-dog, Bimmer.
Mike grew up in Conklin, NY. He graduated from Susquehanna Valley High School where he played tennis and soccer. He graduated from the University of Scranton where he dabbled in photography and pursued his degree in math and computer science. Mike was employed at Lockheed-Martin as a Systems Engineer.
Mike had many interests and hobbies which included landscape architecture, gardening, music, latest technology news, reading, building computers, being a foodie, traveling, cooking & baking & grilling, The NY Times, soccer, football, collecting wine, hard ciders, photography, watching movies, Disney travels with family to WDW/Vero Beach/HHI, attending concerts & plays/musicals, attending all local wine & food events, the Farmers Market, grocery shopping at Wegmans/Trader Joe’s/Fresh Market, cars, rooting for the Buffalo Bills, attending soccer games, walking his dogs, dinners with the family, visits to wineries and cider houses and lastly, supporting his beloved Liverpool FC (YNWA).
Mike made sure his children experienced as many adventures as they could, at home and abroad. He loved coaching Zach and Maren in soccer and knew it was time to retire when the kids knew more than he did. He welcomed his children’s friends into our home and liked to refer to them as his “adopted sons & daughters” and sometimes bringing several of them on vacation with us. The kids were blessed to have a father who encouraged their own interests and to pursue their passions. Mike was proud of his children but may not have always shown it or said it.
Judy will be lost without her “computer guy”, travel planner, travel companion, vegetable & flower Gardner, dog walker, movie buddy, Mr. Fix-it, grocery shopper, breakfast and dinner date, wine tasting/collector equal and my other half to attend the Arts. We were a good pair and you will be forever missed but you are forever in my heart.
Mike was caring, loyal, loving, generous, friendly and supportive. He was a talker. The kids joked that Mike would know the entire biography of the person sitting next to him on an airplane by the time the flight landed. Judy would sometimes have to speak the code word “muskrat” in public to get Mike to stop talking from time to time. He was always willing to help a neighbor and a friend. Though not heavy in the friend department but you know who you are, he valued those friendships through good conversation, knowledgeable topics and witty banter.
Thank you to Dave Cobb and his staff at Knucklehead Embroidery. You and your teams support and hard work for Mike’s YNWA shirt campaign is truly appreciated. A big thanks to the owners and staff at New York Pizzeria. You always took the time to chat with Mike when he came into the restaurant to pick up pizza’s. Your friendship to Mike and our family will always be close to our hearts.
Mike said time and time again how lucky he was to have the medical care team that he had. He was blessed. Thanks to the Lourdes Hospice support staff as they are an amazing group of individuals. Thank you to Dr. Nick Lui of Upstate Urology of UHS and Dr. Michael Tunick of Endwell Family Physicians for your wonderful care of Mike the last few years. Thank you to the Mercy House staff, an unbelievable group of caregivers. Our appreciation to Dr. Daniel Danila and his team @ Memorial Sloan Kettering in NYC and NJ. Your dedication to Mike through his treatment journey was always at the highest quality.
Thank you to Broome Oncology of Johnson City. Mike was able to live his life to the fullest the last 4+ years because of the wonderful staff who cared for him with professionalism and always with a smile. Our family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Ronald Harris of Broome Oncology. Your professionalism, care, delightfulness and friendship meant so much to Mike and a great deal to our family. We are forever grateful.
Enjoy your next game, Mike. We are certain your Mother, Esther, our dogs (Jessie and Mater) are now by your side. You’ll Never Walk Alone (YNWA). Peace, love and serenity.
The family will receive friends from 4:00-7:00 pm Friday November 26 at the Hopler & Eschbach Funeral Home, 483 Chenango St. Binghamton. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am Saturday at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Highland Avenue, Binghamton. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery & Mausoleum, Johnson City.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Mercy House of the Southern Tier, 212 N McKinley Ave, Endicott, NY 13760.
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