“Marty” G. Bobak entered eternal life surrounded by his wife and children on All Saints Day, Nov. 1, 2020.
He is the loving husband of Mary E. (Walker) Bobak. Marty was an incredible father to 10 children – Melanie (Josh) McCallen, Robin (John Henry) Crosby, Sean (Mary) Bobak, Kelly (Theodore) Smith, Christian (Christyn), Brian (Julia), Maura, Michael (Grace), and John-Paul and Mary Clare Bobak. He was also an amazing grandfather to 26 grandchildren – Maggie, Connor, Maria, Monica, Charlie, Colman, Molly, Martha, Miriam and Coyle McCallen; Magdalene, Robin Miriam, John Henry Jr. and Peter Crosby; Sean Jr., Paul, George, Samuel and Patrick Bobak; Francis and Lucy Smith; and Kolbe, Joan and Brigid Bobak.
He is the loving brother of siblings Rita, Daniel, Lauretta, Patricia, Edward, Jerome, Katie and Theresa.
Marty was born June 15, 1957, in Niagara Falls, the son of Mary K. Zaccarella and the late Andrew E. Bobak. He attended St John De LaSalle Elementary School and Bishop Duffy High School. After marrying his high school sweetheart, Marty enjoyed a highly decorated 23-year military career in the United States Air Force, where he remarkably won Officer of the Year for the entire Air Force on two separate occasions.
Following retirement, he went on to be a transformational executive for the Military Aircraft Group within the Moog Corporation where he worked for 24 years. His greatest treasures will always be his family and his faith. On a military salary, Marty sacrificed everything to put his children through Catholic schools and send them to Franciscan University.
Marty was a faithful parishioner of St. Stephen’s R.C. Church on Grand Island where you could find him coaching basketball, teaching Confirmation, on stage with the Parish Players, or the last man cleaning up from the Lenten fish fries. He could be seen around town, always hand in hand with his youngest autistic daughter Mary Clare, whom he counted as his greatest blessing from God.
It is almost impossible to imagine the many thousands of lives Marty has touched with his remarkable humility, his limitless generosity, and his tireless faith. It is equally impossible to imagine our lives moving forward without him here. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at St. Stephen’s R.C Church, 2100 Baseline Road. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at St. Stephen’s R.C. Catholic Church.
All are welcome to attend! We are grateful our church is large enough to accommodate and follow safety standards for all to celebrate with us. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Franciscan University of Steubenville. Please visit www.Giving.Franciscan.edu.