Howard “Bud”, or “Buddy”, Boy, a longtime Forest Parker, died last Friday evening at the age of 76. The cause of death could not be confirmed on Monday morning, although Bud had been battling cancer for some time, said Laurie Kokenes, Forest Park Chamber of Commerce executive director. Kokenes is close to the Boy family. 

Bud was deeply ingrained in the village’s local fabric for many years, according to those who knew him. He was the post commander of Forest Park’s Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #7181, and he served as a commissioner of the Park District of Forest Park for nearly 25 years. He also presided over the Park board as president during that time.   

Bud also worked as a circulation manager for The Chicago Tribune for 37 years.

“His family has become extended family to me and I’m really going to miss him,” said Park Director Larry Piekarz. “He was a good man.”

“I’ve known Bud and [his wife] Sandy for over 35 years and the first thing that comes to mind is their love of Forest Park. I’d have to say Bud was truly one of Forest Park’s biggest cheerleaders,” wrote Kokenes, in an email eulogizing Bud.

She continued: “His love for the community was incredibly evident by the countless hours he gave to so many organizations. Buddy was honest and didn’t mind telling you what he thought, he was funny and knew how to enjoy life, and he was a loyal friend. Bus was just a hell of a nice guy.”

Bud is survived by his wife Sandra; his children, John (Gina), Janine, Claudine, and Michelle (Erik); his grandchildren Danielle and the late John; and his great-grandchildren Rylan and Ariana.  He is also survived by his mother Lorraine, the wife of the late Howard W. Boy, Sr.

Visitation is on Tuesday, July 12, at Forest Park’s Zimmerman-Harnett funeral home, 7319 Madison St.  Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 13, at noon, at the St. Bernardine’s Church, 7246 Harrison St. Interment Thursday, July 14, at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, 20953 W. Hoff Rd., Elwood Ill. For more information, call 708 366 2200