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Roman Bobak

Roman A. "Ray" Bobak

Saturday, July 30th, 1955 - Saturday, June 22nd, 2019
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Roman A. (Ray) Bobak, 63, of Pleasant Valley, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 22nd, at Vassar Brother's Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Ray is survived by his son, Kristopher; his mother, Dominika Overton, of Walnut Creek, CA; his sister, Elizabeth Wright, his brother-in-law, Michael Wright, and his nephew, Roman, all of Moraga, CA; his nephew, David Wright, of Poughkeepsie, NY; and his niece, Jessica Tietboehl, of Fort Pierce, FL.

Ray was born on July 30th, 1955 in Venezuela. He graduated from Narrowsburg High School, in New York, attended SUNY Oswego, and graduated from SUNY Delhi. He worked summers as an apprentice electrician.

Ray joined IBM in 1979 and was a Senior Programmer working on MVS through z/OS. He was about to celebrate his 40th anniversary with IBM in July.

Ray was the sysop for the PC-Rain Node2 BBS from 1988-2000.

Ray shared his love of physics, astronomy, photography, electronics, and mechanical puzzles with his son and nephews. He provided many thoughtful, often humorous, answers on the Quora question-and-answer website. He enjoyed outdoor activities, pyrotechnics, ice hockey, off-roading, and nature. Ray excelled at building things by hand, including models, furniture, toys, and home improvements. He volunteered in building many interactive exhibits for the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum. Ray would gather discarded bicycles on trash cleanup days, repair them, and donate them to charities.

Ray enjoyed good food and wine and he was an accomplished cook.

Ray had a unique sense of humor, which was sometimes coupled with sarcasm or pranks. He cared deeply about people and was generous with his time, giving wholeheartedly to individuals and to causes he supported.

Visitation will be Saturday, July 27, 2019 1-4 PM with a Memorial Service beginning at 2 PM at the Wm. G. Miller & Son FH, Inc.,371 Hooker Ave. Poughkeepsie NY 12603. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to one of Ray's favorite charities: ACLU, Mid-Hudson Children's Museum, or SUNY Delhi. If you wish to send an online condolence please visit our website at www.wmgmillerfuneralhome.com
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, July 27th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Saturday, July 27th, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Wm. G. Miller & Son F.H. ,Inc.
    371 Hooker Ave.
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  • Service

    Saturday, July 27th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, July 27th, 2019 2:00pm
    Wm. G. Miller & Son F.H. ,Inc.
    371 Hooker Ave.
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Anna Pratt

Posted at 05:09pm
I met Ray some time before he was hired by IBM.
We feel in love and got married. Ray was very book smart and a incredibly handy man.
His knowledge in science and mathematics was more than impressive. I’m sure he played a very valuable part to IBM’s success.
All though our marriage lasted short time l learned a lot from Ray. I will never forget how he thought me to figure out right angles. He showed me that the only thing I needed to know is to remember the name of native American Indian Chief and mathematician “Soh-Cah-Toa”. I use this formula to this day.

May you rest in piece ✝️

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Al Hechler

Posted at 11:24am
I will miss you Ray.
Ray was so many things to all of us. We (the BatchPipes team) worked together as a team should. We had the visionaries, the product developers, the product testers, the Marketing and Sales people, and the manager.
Ray joined the team and wanted to be the tester. That is what he liked best. So that is what we let him do, and he did it outstandingly. But, Ray soon became a developer too. Then a visionary. Then he became a technical support for the marketing and sales members.
So, it was apparent, Ray was a true team participant because he supported all aspects of the team. Yes, there was the manager role, I did that. Ray, was my support as well. He was my conscience. He would tell me what was a vision, what was real, what we could say, what we could not.
Ray was the glue. He touched all of us in so many ways. He kept us together. Yet, he wanted to be a tester. Well, I guess he was a tester. He just didn’t test code, he tested people, and like all great testers, he fixed things he found needed fixing.

Ray was more to me than just a person on our team. He was a friend. We did lunches at Hobnobbin Pub, we did lots of internet movie downloads, we strung miles of wire in the house he was building, and Christmas tree decorating, and Halloween trick or treating

So, Ray, I will indeed miss you, Mountain Man !!!



maria sulecki

Posted at 11:03am
I have always enjoyed Ray's amazing sense of humor and his charming and always smiling disposition.....Last time I had the pleasure of chatting with him, he made my issues feel so minute....Always loved him....and will miss him terribly...

liz wright

Posted at 05:31pm
Ray's original career goal was to become a teacher.

He delighted in children and seeing the world through their eyes....and helping them see and learn more.
Even in casual contact with children, like seeing an infant in a store, Ray would crouch down at their level and play peek-a-boo until he could get the baby chortling with delight.
His bearded face which might have seemed intimidating would become a tool he used to make faces, noises, and otherwise entertain...so instead of being frightening, he became warm and open.

He would sit on the floor ask questions and admire a child's construction or assist the child to develop an even more elaborate construction if they asked him to join them in play.
He would happily play board games if requested, always willing to work through learning yet another elaborate set of rules, if you thought he would enjoy the game.

At other times, he would ask questions about things that he thought would be of interest until he could get a conversation going.
At that point, he would share some of his knowledge, if he had any or ask questions usually informed to allow the other person to blossom under his interest.

He was well read and frequently made suggestions about articles or books to read or where to find help in a subject area.

He had a lifetime of experimentation to share when he spoke with you.
Whether it was photography, astronomy, anything computer related, woodworking, cars, fireworks, or even cooking,,,he had knowledge he wanted to impart to you,
And he checked in later to see how you were making out.

He was a loving and devoted father.
He encouraged Kris to pursue his interests whether the interest was sports, music, mechanical or merely game playing.
He was so proud of Kris, most of the time he couldn't contain himself and would speak at length about Kris's achievements.



Posted at 11:10am
I'm not sure exactly when I realized how awesome Ray was... as a kid you don't see these things right away...

Maybe it was when he sat in Carty's driveway with the the engine of his Plymouth Fury (if I remember it correctly), but the entire engine disassembled and meticulously laid out piece by piece, because "it wasn't running right..." I think that's when I realized how willing he was to take on anything ...

Or if it's when he came into Brooklyn to help my dad re-wire our building ... I think that's when I realized how willing he was to help...

Or when he put on a pair of water skis, or a pair of ice skates, that's when I thought he could do anything... ( I spent years ... trying to spray ice like he did ... it just never seems as impressive)

Or when we talked every few weeks ... without fail ... for the last 20 years... that's when I knew how much he cared...

Whatever he did, I learned something... and I'm going to miss that...

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