Walter “Wally” Bosma
Walter “Wally” Bosma of Williston passed away suddenly on May 25, 2019, with his loving family by his side.
Walt was born on May 31, 1943, in Whitinsville, Mass. to the late Jacob and Anne (Wiersma) Bosma. He married Elizabeth “Betty” (Higgins) Bosma in 1965. She was his soulmate, better half and best friend for 53 years.
Along with Betty, he is survived by his daughter, Lisa Klinck and her husband Rick Rice of Essex; son Mark and his wife Elsa (Oppenheimer) Bosma of Shelburne; five granddaughters, Shelby, Georgia, and Charlotte Klinck, and Emma and Delaney Bosma; and two grandsons, Will Klinck and Miles Bosma. He was predeceased by his son Christopher Bosma in 2007, brothers Jacob and Mikel, and sister Teta.
Walt was the ultimate family man. He and Betty were committed to their children, providing a stable, happy, and fun home life, and never missing a sporting event or school play. As supportive and loving as he was as a dad, he never had a role he cherished more than being a grandfather. His grandchildren were the lights of his life, and he loved his role as teacher and protector – there was absolutely nothing he wouldn’t do for his grandchildren.
Walt was beloved by all around him. He had a natural way about him that endeared him to all. Many of these friendships began and flourished on the golf course. He was an avid golfer of 25 years who never perfected his swing, but was the perfect playing partner. Off the golf course, Walt enjoyed spending time with his friends and neighbors in Hinesburg, Williston, and most recently in Lake Juliana Estates in Auburndale, Fla.
Walt was blessed to have his entire family at his side in his final hours. The family would like to thank the incredible professionals with Williston Rescue and medical team at the University of Vermont Medical Center: doctors, nurses, volunteers, and everyone else who helped him and the family. They also express thanks to Holly Lemieux, Bob and Wendy Oppenheimer, Lynn Austin, Ann Brown, Mary and Lou Young, and other friends and family for their support and help during this time.
A celebration of life followed by a luncheon will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at noon at Holy Family Church Parish Hall, 28 Lincoln St, Essex Junction. Friends are invited to share memories and stories of Walt during the noon ceremony.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that you pay it forward: take your children or grandchildren out for ice cream, buy a stranger a cup of coffee, give your golf playing partner an extra mulligan or anything to brighten someone’s day.