‘Gentle giant’ taken by virus

Strong, active man succumbs

OUTDOORSMAN— Fred Bukowski, 65, was an avid surfer, motorcyclist, Navy veteran and father who died recently from COVID complications. Courtesy of Jim Bukowski

Fred Bukowski didn’t die, as he’d quip to friends he might, in a fall from his motorcycle.

He didn’t succumb to the french fries and onion rings and pizza he so enjoyed.

And the 65-year-old didn’t meet his maker doing what he loved most, surfing.

The U.S. Navy veteran, who was John Wayne rugged, with not an ounce of fat on that...

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