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 Robert J Boryca

Robert J Boryca

Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 10 Dec 2009 (aged 81)
Des Plaines, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Des Plaines, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 84431420 · View Source
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Robert J. Boryca was a modest man, quiet and observant in his ways. He was trustworthy and traditional in his approach to his life and in his relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of "stick to it" attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always prepared to take on responsibility.

His parents were John and Mary Boryca. Robert was raised in Chicago. He was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life.

Growing up in the Boryca household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, Robert was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and he was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay. Robert was raised with three siblings, Florence, Irene and Lola. Robert was constantly involved in activities with his brothers and sisters. Robert and his siblings may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but Robert was always consistently loyal to his family.

While his teachers and even his friends generally thought of Robert as being a serious person, he managed to have a pretty good time in high school as he made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He graduated from Crane Technical High School in 1946. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Robert was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using his exceptional memory, he was able to learn much through observation. Robert always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though he could easily master any problem that might be presented to him.

On May 29, 1955 Robert exchanged wedding vows with Ruth Bernice Michalowicz at the Sacred Heart of Chicago, Illinois. Compassionate and devoted to Ruth, Robert held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. He took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it his total commitment. He was a source of strength to Ruth and using his gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, he worked hard to make his new family happy.

Robert brought the same traditional values in his marriage in raising his children. He was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in his dealings. He would always listen carefully and think things through before he acted, even when it was an adverse situation. Robert was also a walking schedule, always seeming to know what everyone in the family needed to do, where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. Robert was blessed with three children, two daughters, Linda and Nancy, and one son Jerry. They were also blessed with two grandchildren, Sheldon and Sharon.

Robert greatly enjoyed what he did for a living. He was a hard worker who expected the same in return from his co-workers. He was skilled at working effectively in small groups, one-on-one situations, as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. Robert enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Robert was excellent at meeting deadlines. He was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. His primary occupation was tool and die manufacturing. He owned and operated Kingston Plastics for 30 years. Robert worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

Robert was an Army veteran. He served from 1951-1956. Robert saw action in the Korean War. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Sergent in Artillery. A literal thinker who possessed a calm exterior, Robert seemed to enjoy the routines set forth by the military. His results-oriented approach to things made him committed to the job, and he understood well his role in serving his country.

Robert liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into his hobbies, where he was very methodical in how he organized his activities and categorized things. Since he enjoyed his private time, Robert always tried to allocate a specific time for working on his hobbies. His favorite pursuits were fishing, model making, railroads, computers, boating, genealogy and photography. Robert was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

Robert found pleasure in sports. Being a person who was comfortable making win/lose decisions throughout life, he could appreciate that athletes made those types of decisions in sports. He applauded those who won, and he enjoyed the statistical data and sports facts and could find himself wrapped up in those details. Recreational sports included fishing and boating. He would watch his favorite sporting events whenever he got the opportunity.

Many organizations were grateful to have Robert as a member, since he always brought with him a "stick to it" attitude and a high degree of common sense. Using straightforward methods to successfully complete the job, Robert was a great planner who was incredibly well organized. It seemed that he was able to schedule any event or activity with ease. He always seemed to know exactly what needed to be done. Throughout his later years, Robert was an active member of the Society of Plastics Engineers and the Des Plaines Corsairs Flag Corp.

Robert was a man who was dedicated and devoted to his faith. He was a member of St. Mary's Church for 30 years. He was a sympathetic man who valued his beliefs and was willing to work tirelessly for them.

Robert enjoyed traveling and taking vacations. Since he was an early starter and had a knack for planning everything, traveling with Robert appeared effortless. He enjoyed researching all of his examined options and applying cost-effective planning techniques. Plus, no matter where he traveled, Robert always had a back up plan at the ready, just in case. Favorite vacations included boating on the upper Mississippi river and fishing in Winnecone, Wisconsin.

Robert was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Robert's favorites was a dog, Princess. They were best friends for 14 years.

When Robert's retirement finally arrived in 1992, he was well prepared. He always trusted and placed value in what was logical and in the things he knew, so he was very confident in planning his retirement. He had begun the process early and had his retirement all laid out well in advance. In retirement, he found new pleasure in family genealogy, model making and photography. Even in retirement, Robert continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in his new community and felt fulfilled.

Robert J. Boryca passed away on December 10, 2009 at home in Des Plaines accepting the limitations of his body and died of complications caused by cancer. He is survived by his wife Ruth, son Jerry, daughter Nancy Reed and her husband Gene; grandson Sheldon, granddaughter Sharon; sister Lola Stasiek; numerous nieces and nephews. Services were held at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Des Plaines. Robert was laid to rest in All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines, Illinois.

Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Robert J. Boryca. He was committed to living the life of a good man who was both practical and trustworthy. He was committed to the traditional values that he upheld his entire life. He committed himself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around him. Most of all, he was committed to those he knew and loved.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 84431420
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Robert J Boryca (18 Feb 1928–10 Dec 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 84431420, citing All Saints Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum, Des Plaines, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Kidd Gunn (contributor 46529155) .