Bohdan Thomas (Bo) Pruski
1948 - 2020
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Bohdan (Bo) Thomas Pruski passed away peacefully in his home in Durango, Colorado on Sunday, July 19, 2020 from sudden cardiac arrest. He was 71 years old. He was a generous man, devoted husband, and loving father and grandfather. He loved Durango and had many friends and connections in our community.

Bo was born on August 11,1948, in Trier, Germany. In 1949, his Ukrainian parents immigrated to the US and they lived in Chicago, Illinois. He went to Lane Tech College Prep High School, earned a Bachelor of Engineering from The University of Illinois and completed his Master's degree in finance at The University of Chicago. While in Chicago, he had a prosperous career at Illinois Bell, Ameritech Services and Thybony Wallcoverings.

Bo met his wife, Helen, in Chicago at a Ukrainian wedding. It was love at first sight and they were married on August 23, 1969. They celebrated their 50 th anniversary last year in Durango and were lifelong partners.

Bo loved to ski and would travel to Colorado nearly every year for a skiing vacation with his family and dear friends. His son, Bohdan (Bo) Andrew and daughter, Kathryn (Kat) Helena attended Fort Lewis College in the early 90s. During visits to their children, Bo and Helen fell in love with Durango and invested in property. They were able to fulfill their dream and moved to Durango in 1997.

Bo was a member of the Elks Lodge and the owner of the Hesperus Oasis convenience store. He was actively involved in the Hesperus and Durango community. He loved fishing, reading, traveling and spending time with family and friends. He was very proud of his children and grandchildren. Bo was an amazing chef and loved to cook. Everyone was always welcome at his table to laugh, eat, and share stories.

Bo is survived by his loving wife Helen, his two children, Bohdan Andrew Pruski and Kathryn Helena Jackson; his grandson Guillaume Alexandre Metz-Pruski; his granddaughter Eliza Rae Jackson; and his dog, Lily, a golden doodle, who followed him everywhere. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Bo did not wish for a memorial service but would have preferred a big party. He said to remember him with laughter, jokes, and a good time. Unfortunately due to COVID, a large gathering will not take place. His family will honor his

wishes with small family celebrations.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his name can go to the local Humane Society or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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Published in The Durango Herald on Jul. 30, 2020.
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August 4, 2020
Bo, you left us way too soon. I remember the many good times and laughs we shared growing up together. You were the brother with the adventurous spirit and lived your life to the fullest. I will miss you Bo.
Richard Pruski, including family Ann & Sue
August 3, 2020
No mystery to the fact that a common thread in eulogies for Bo is his generosity - in the kitchen, in the wine cellar, in discussion, in life. AS an Aussie I was lucky to get to know him, through all too infrequent contacts, after my son Charlie discovered and married his marvellous daughter Kathryn, and that one word description for him is perfect and telling. It is surely one of the very best things that can be said of a man. Many beautiful meals, a lot of great discussions, not enough fishing, plenty of laughing marked our contact. Like so many Americans who arrived from more troubled regions of the world to make a new life, Bo clearly retained an abiding and deep appreciation of the opportunities he was offered by hat adventurous move. His achievements, professional and through his family, are obvious to all who know him. As Kathryn (Kitty or Kat in the family) has observed, he is not really gone. I agree with her entirely and hope she and Helen hold onto that reality through their grieving. There are bits of Bo running around in France, the U.S., and soon, once again, in Australia. I'll miss him - but have plenty of photographs to stimulate memories over the years - mostly at or near a table laden with very good food, very good wine, and very good fun.
Frank Jackson
August 2, 2020
We miss you, your BIG presence, your humor, your story telling, your passion for cooking, relentless to achieve perfection. Boy, your smoked meats still make my mouth water. But it is your gentle kindness and generosity to anyone who came into contact with you that will be missed the most.
Bill & Justice Tower
August 2, 2020
Melissa Lagoo
August 1, 2020
Bo, my sweetheart eternal, you left me too soon. There are so many things to share and say but I’m glad ‘I love you’ was the way we ended each day.
Helen Pruski
August 1, 2020
A Poem for my Daddy

You always supported us, whether near or far.
We loved your humor, smiles were amazing: 5 stars.
Words to describe you: generous, gregarious, fun loving, intelligent and strong.
Your advice was worth a million and never went wrong.

Daddy, you had a contagious energy and were the life of the party.
You could fix and build anything; a total smarty.
Confident and opinionated, shy were not.
Good humor and crass jokes, you told a lot!

And cooking you mastered with grace and local fame.
Your table was always open for all and they came!
Thankful for the invite to eat and be merry.
Ending with a cigar, whiskey or sherry.

As you got older you loved that you could do or say what you wanted.
You can’t judge me, I’m old.. you taunted.
So much advice that we will never forget: relax, no worries, it will all work out in the end.
You four-legged pal Lily was your shadow and best friend.

You have made us who we are today - 2 generations who love you dearly.
You said not to be sad when you were gone, which seemed easier in theory
We are so proud of you and all that you have done in your life.
You built a legacy that is strong and you were so very kind to your wife.

Daddy, you will live in our memories and stories that we will tell.
Never to forget you for generations; this will not be farewell.
We will never forget your kindness and witty remarks.
Thank you for being the rock in our family; forever you will live on in our hearts.
Kathryn H Jackson
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