We were saddened to learn of Sugar Grove village trustee Bob Bohler’s passing on Sunday morning. Bohler, 64, brought a lifetime of hard work, respect and dignity to the village—as a resident, community and public servant—and there is no doubt that Sugar Grove is a better place because of him.
Elected to the Village Board in 1997, Bohler was instrumental in the formation of the village’s Economic Development Corporation, serving as chairman of the board committee that preceded the corporation.
Employed in the life safety business, providing fire and security alarms for commercial buildings, Bohler was also a driving force behind the village’s emergency management plan.
“He has a real passion for the community at large,” Sugar Grove Village President Sean Michels said in December 2014. “It’s hard to find anyone as passionate about Sugar Grove. Seventeen years is a long time to have an influence on a community.”
Bohler’s influence was felt outside of village government, too. He was the main force behind the youth soccer league that preceded the Park District. And as a member of the Sugar Grove Lions Club, he found the funds to implement fireworks during the Sugar Grove Corn Boil, and kept them going despite the failing economy.
Several of the Elburn Herald’s reporters had the privilege of speaking with Bohler during his time on the Village Board, and not one of them have a bad thing to say about him—he was always courteous, informative and helpful, and he remained that way even after he revealed that he was battling cancer.
It’s with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to Mr. Bohler, but we promise to always honor and remember his achievements as a citizen and board trustee, and most importantly as a human being. He was one of the best.