In memory of
John Stephen Bozik
In memory of
John Stephen Bozik
John Stephen Bozik Self-made businessman and beloved family man John Stephen Bozik of Madison, N.J., and Sarasota, Fla., died on June 19, 2020, after a long illness. He was 79. He devoted his life to overcoming early challenges and creating a loving, secure home for his family. Mr. Bozik's life was marked by a series of wrenching shifts and reversals that he surmounted through extraordinary determination and hard work to become a successful corporate leader and business owner. Born in Harlem in 1941, to immigrant parents Stefan and Anna Bozik, his first few years were spent in the Slovak community in New York City. When Bozik was 5, the family returned to a small town in Czechoslovakia. When the post-war economic situation forced them to return to the U.S. a year later, young John started school in New York speaking only Slovak. The family remained in a tight-knit Slovak-American neighborhood on the east side of Manhattan until John was 13, when his father moved them again, this time to a chicken farm in the Slovak enclave of Masaryktown, Fla. John transformed himself from city dweller to country boy, working on the farm and playing football, basketball and baseball for the Hernando High School Leopards. His higher education at the University of Florida was interrupted by his father's sudden death, upon which John took over the farm and responsibility for supporting himself and his mother. Mr. Bozik returned to college, supporting himself by working several jobs while taking a full class-load. After receiving his BS in accounting, John began a long career with Tenneco Oil Company in 1966, as an accountant in the Atlanta retail division. While in Atlanta he served in the Army Reserves. After working himself up through the ranks of Tenneco managers, he was sent to New Jersey in 1982, to turn around a struggling subsidiary, Mitchell Supreme Fuel Company. He fell in love with his real estate broker, Deborah Fineman of Florham Park, N.J., and the couple married in 1983. Their son, Stefan, and daughter, Breezy, were born in the three years following. Mr. and Mrs. Bozik bought Mitchell Supreme Fuel Company in 1988, and with John at the helm as president and Deborah serving as general counsel, the couple continued to grow the fuel oil and HVAC business. When energy markets were deregulated in the 1990s, the Boziks were among the first pioneers to market natural gas and electricity. They later changed the company's name to Supreme Energy. Mr. Bozik retired from Supreme Energy in 2006, as Alzheimer's disease made working more difficult. He enjoyed the chance to relax after a lifetime of hard work and especially relished time with his children at their vacation home in Siesta Key, Fla., where eventually he passed away peacefully with his wife by his side. His family and friends remember him for his kindness, his booming laugh and his strength of character. Mr. Bozik leaves behind his wife of 37 years, Deborah Fineman Bozik of Madison, N.J.; his son, Stefan Bozik and daughter-in-law, Nicole Scarzella Bozik of San Diego and his daughter, Avriela (Breezy) Bozik Hallahan and son-in-law, Taylor Hallahan of Toronto. Also mourning Mr. Bozik are his sisters-in-law, Benita Fineman Shor of Madison, N.J., and Michal Fineman of Denville, N.J., and his niece, Tess Fineman, also of Denville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Madison YMCA or Congregation Beth Hatikvah in Summit, N.J.
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In memory of
John Stephen Bozik
John Stephen Bozik Self-made businessman and beloved family man John Stephen Bozik of Madison, N.J., and Sarasota, Fla., died on June 19, 2020, after a long illness. He was 79. He devoted his life to overcoming early challenges and creating a loving, secure home for his family. Mr. Bozik's life was marked by a series of wrenching shifts and reversals that he surmounted through extraordinary determination and hard work to become a successful corporate leader and business owner. Born in Harlem in 1941, to immigrant parents Stefan and Anna Bozik, his first few years were spent in the Slovak community in New York City. When Bozik was 5, the family returned to a small town in Czechoslovakia. When the post-war economic situation forced them to return to the U.S. a year later, young John started school in New York speaking only Slovak. The family remained in a tight-knit Slovak-American neighborhood on the east side of Manhattan until John was 13, when his father moved them again, this time to a chicken farm in the Slovak enclave of Masaryktown, Fla. John transformed himself from city dweller to country boy, working on the farm and playing football, basketball and baseball for the Hernando High School Leopards. His higher education at the University of Florida was interrupted by his father's sudden death, upon which John took over the farm and responsibility for supporting himself and his mother. Mr. Bozik returned to college, supporting himself by working several jobs while taking a full class-load. After receiving his BS in accounting, John began a long career with Tenneco Oil Company in 1966, as an accountant in the Atlanta retail division. While in Atlanta he served in the Army Reserves. After working himself up through the ranks of Tenneco managers, he was sent to New Jersey in 1982, to turn around a struggling subsidiary, Mitchell Supreme Fuel Company. He fell in love with his real estate broker, Deborah Fineman of Florham Park, N.J., and the couple married in 1983. Their son, Stefan, and daughter, Breezy, were born in the three years following. Mr. and Mrs. Bozik bought Mitchell Supreme Fuel Company in 1988, and with John at the helm as president and Deborah serving as general counsel, the couple continued to grow the fuel oil and HVAC business. When energy markets were deregulated in the 1990s, the Boziks were among the first pioneers to market natural gas and electricity. They later changed the company's name to Supreme Energy. Mr. Bozik retired from Supreme Energy in 2006, as Alzheimer's disease made working more difficult. He enjoyed the chance to relax after a lifetime of hard work and especially relished time with his children at their vacation home in Siesta Key, Fla., where eventually he passed away peacefully with his wife by his side. His family and friends remember him for his kindness, his booming laugh and his strength of character. Mr. Bozik leaves behind his wife of 37 years, Deborah Fineman Bozik of Madison, N.J.; his son, Stefan Bozik and daughter-in-law, Nicole Scarzella Bozik of San Diego and his daughter, Avriela (Breezy) Bozik Hallahan and son-in-law, Taylor Hallahan of Toronto. Also mourning Mr. Bozik are his sisters-in-law, Benita Fineman Shor of Madison, N.J., and Michal Fineman of Denville, N.J., and his niece, Tess Fineman, also of Denville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Madison YMCA or Congregation Beth Hatikvah in Summit, N.J.
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