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
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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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    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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Nick Petrone

Posted at 05:00pm
Ray was my cousin and my good friend. We talked every couple of weeks he was always there for me and I hope I was for him. He helped me through alot. I remember as a kid how impressed I was. He was building a computer from scratch in his bedroom. I remember him catching me on the mower as I almost drove it into the pond. I'm going to miss our talks miss you buddy.

marion ghosh

Posted at 01:27pm
One of the most enjoyable assignments of my IBM years was testing components of the mainframe computer. Ray was our team leader. He could be brutally, and loudly, frank. Nevertheless we became friends. He spent hours instructing my high schooler son who decades later remains grateful. And with time I also came to enjoy a pseudo grandmother relationship with Kristopher.
On the side, Ray was the general contractor for the building of his former home in Lagrange. And if it had not been for my encounter with his architect, Al Cappelli Jr., I would never have ventured the big improvements to my home that I now hugely enjoy.
Marion Ghosh

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...

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