Camp Clark has had its quota of excellent athletes
among both its campers, counselors and leaders, but few exhibited the natural grace and abilities of Bruce Bochman. Playing either second base or shortstop on the staff softball team, he taught the finer points of fielding and batting by his example on the field, turning a double play with finesse or blasting a hit well past the candy store/office in many a game.
His opponents in soccer – or even a game of Red Rover – often found themselves faked out and tripping to the ground as Bruce double-stepped or stopped-started his way past them. An excellent instructor, he made learning fun for even the most awkward would-be Hall of Famer. As likeable a person as he was talented, Bruce made learning athletic skills a joy for campers of any age.
[Excerpt from his obituary in the New Bedford Standard-Times]
Dr. Bruce A. Bochman, 81, of South Dartmouth, passed away Friday, October 26, 2012 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Born in 1931 in New Bedford, he was the son of the late Alfred and Edna Bochman.
The beloved husband of 50 years of Caroline (Dube) Bochman, he was the loving father of two sons, Andrew Bochman of Brookline and Jeffrey Bochman of Higham and daughter, Melissa Hoefel of South Dartmouth. He was also the father-in-law of Mark Hoefel and Kathleen Bochman, and loving grandfather of Dylan, Cameron, Maxim, Dominique, Benjamin and Claire Bochman and Maida and Molly Hoefel.
Bruce was the brother of the late Al Bochman.
He graduated from Springfield College and received his medical degree at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Bruce maintained a private family practice in Waltham for nearly 40 years and served as President of the Massachusetts Osteopathic Society and the New England Osteopathic Assembly.
An avid golf and baseball fan, he was a member of the Country Club of New Bedford and active in political discussion. Bruce will always be remembered for his love and concern for people, as well as his love for his pets, and animals in general.