Boxing: funeral

Memorial service planned for Bos

May, 14, 2013
Boxing got into his blood from early on, and Johnny Bos didn't try and fight it. The matchmaker extraordinaire, who put boxing right there with air and water, died Saturday at his Clearwater, Fl. residence, at age 61.

The fiancee of his younger brother, Jeffrey Bosdal, told ESPN New York that the late fight agent started to learn his trade in his early teens, by setting up neighborhood kids in boxoffs on the streets of Brooklyn.

"It was a different time," said Suzanne McBee, the fiancee, on the phone from Florida. "Yes, he ate, slept, lived and breathed boxing." She told me her phone has been ringing non-stop, with people checking in, offering condolences and saying how much Bos meant to them.

McBee told me that a visitation period and service will be held on Saturday, May 18, at Dobies Funeral Home on Hudson Ave. in Hudson, Fla. to honor Bos, who fell in love with the sweet science and maintained a sometimes stormy, but enduring affair with the sport to the end.

I spoke to Bos' daughter, Surojini Sudowoodo Braithwaite, about her father. She, too, has been deluged with calls and messages from people telling her how her dad touched them. "It's so evident he loved what he did," said the Maine resident, who told me she had been planning to move to Florida to be near dad soon. "It wasn't a job for him."

She admitted that she wanted to box, and asked her dad for his blessing. "He told me he didn't want me to do it," she said, breaking up. "He didn't want me to get hurt. I wanted to do it to make him proud but he wanted to keep me alive and I can't argue with that."

Knowing how many people Bos influenced has helped her during this difficult time.

"Knowing how much love and respect people had for him puts me in a selfless state," she said, "and takes the sad part away."

Frazier will be buried in Beaufort, SC

November, 11, 2011
Joe Frazier moved to Philadelphia as a teen, and is the quintessential Philly fighter: seasoned to perfection, possessor of a jawbreaker left hook, not much prone to backing up in a battle. But the remains of Smokin' Joe, who passed away Monday from liver cancer, will lay at rest in Beaufort, SC, according to a forthcoming statement from his daughter Jacqui.

Frazier grew up in Beaufort County, and made it a point to remember his roots, stop back at the local barber shop in Beaufort, take pictures with the kids and their adoring fathers, too. He left for Philly at age 16, but Beaufort never left his heart.

There will be a viewing and funeral in Philly on Monday, and then his body will be shipped to South Carolina. There will be a private funeral service for family and close friends in Beaufort, where his body will lay for eternity. There will be a public viewing in Beaufort, as well, with details to come.
Monday November 14, 2011
9-11am Calling - Closed Casket
11am - Service Starts

Calling and Service will be held at
Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church
2800 West Cheltenham Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19150

In Lieu of Flowers, the Frazier family asks you to send donations to
The American Cancer Society. Make checks out to ACS, Inc.
8400 Silver Crossing, Oklahoma City, OK 73132.
Please include in your memo: In Memory of Joe Frazier.