Richard John Bogisich

richard bogisich

April 7, 1938 ~ August 21, 2017

Resided in: Fremont, California

Richard John Bogisich lost a courageous, four-year battle to cancer on August 21, 2017. He was proud to be a native San Franciscan and was born there on April 7, 1938. His father John Bogisich immigrated from Croatia and his mother Pearl Tomasich was born here to parents who originated from the same region in Dubrovnik. Rich graduated from Riordan High School in San Francisco and then went on to earn his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering at San Jose State University. Rich is survived by his wife Sandra Bogisich and his three children and their spouses, Karen and Jeff Oliphant, Laura and Daryl Coon and Raymond and Lori Bogisich. He was immensely proud of his grandchildren Sean and his wife Mandi, Rebecca, Renee, Cameron and his wife Mariah, Christopher, Allison and Alex and his great-grandson Mason. He also leaves behind his niece Janice Ortelle and nephew Nick Liuzzi and their families. A lifelong resident of the Bay Area, Rich worked as an engineer and manager for General Electric Co. from 1965 until his retirement in 1998. Rich lived on the same Fremont street with many of the same neighbors for the past 45 years. Rich was known for his knack for fixing just about anything and family members have been gifted pieces of his woodworking that came about through his love of drafting and design. After retirement he spent time with friends in Discovery Bay where he enjoyed boating and playing penny poker and dominoes. His family is grateful to those who cared for and supported Rich throughout his illness. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Cancer Society. Remembrances about Rich may be shared at the following memorial site Services will be private.

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  1. I met Rich right before his son Ray married my sister in law Lori. He was always so kind and friendly. To Ray and his entire family I am so sorry to hear of his passing. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. It was a privilege to know Rich as a classmate at St. Cecilia’s and at Riordan. Rich was a good man, a friend to all and a supporter of the Riordan Reunions. My condolences to Sandra and the Family.

  3. Rich; I am going to miss you. I relied on your friendship. Thank you for opening those holes on the football field. Always a friendly smile. A super handshake. Vern

  4. On behalf of the Archbishop Riordan Alumni department we are saddened by the news of Rich’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bogisich family during this tough time. We know Rich will always be watching over his fellow Crusaders.

  5. An old “Irish” saying – “Death is but a dream – but love is forever”
    We will miss you
    Celeste & Raymond Hogan

  6. Rich was my classmate in grammar school and high school. He was a great person and will be missed by all his classmates from St. Cecilia and Riordan. God bless you Rich. We’ll all be with you again, soon.

  7. MY wife & I were classmates of Rich at St. Cecilia’s class of 1951 &
    a class mate in the Riordan class of 1955. He was a great guy to
    not only talk to but to reminisce about growing up in the 40’s & 50’s.
    God bless you.
    Phil & Helen (Donohoe) Murphy

  8. I came to San Francisco from Pennsylvania when I was 11, and I started at St. Cecilia as the new kid from back east. I have always been grateful for the way Richard made me feel welcome then, and I think that his generous spirit did not diminish during his long life. Those boyhood kindnesses have been treasured in my memory for many decades.
    I am saddened by his death.

  9. Rich & I were classmates at Riordan high school, San Francisco, & graduated together in 1955. He was my neighbor for 45 years in Fremont. A unique & wonderful guy who will live in the memories of his family & friends forever. He will be missed.

  10. Thank you all for your condolences and kind words for our Dad, Husband, Grandfather and Great Grandfather. We are very thankful for the many blessings he brought to our lives and proud of how hard he fought to live as long as possible. He even asked for and let us help him fight… something that did not come natural for him.

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