BRANDON — Private services were held for Boris Serkalow, 56, who died Aug. 2 following a brief stay at the Pines in Rutland. Cremation was handled through Aldous Funeral Home of Rutland.
He was born Oct. 3, 1956 in Milmay, N.J., son of Kira and Boris Serkalow. Boris was the youngest of four children.
He graduated from Buena Regional High School in Buena, N.J. in 1975. While in high school, Boris worked various jobs to follow his dream of becoming an industrial engineer. He graduated with an engineer-ing bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University in 1979. Af-ter completing college, he moved to Iowa to begin his career as an engineer.
Boris was a man of great strength, fierce independence, and unrelenting optimism. He was a man with a firm hand-shake, a genuine smile, and a quick wit. Nobody knew more song titles or artists than Boris, particularly those from the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s.
His grandson, Evan and granddaughter, Breigh, made his smile explode and his broad shoulders shake with laughter. He would scoop them up in a Papa Bear hug and adored his time visiting with them.
He was an avid reader with a special fondness for Western, crime, and spiritual books, in addition to his beloved daily newspaper. He had many dogs and cats over the years, with Billy the dog and Ben the cat being the favorites. He will forever be the “Great One.”
Boris is survived by two brothers, Alex Serkalo and his wife, Sheila, of Salem, Ore. and Vic Serkalow of Ooltewah, Tenn., and a sister, Larissa Flimlin and her husband, Gef Flimlin of Gal-loway, N.J.; two daughters, Mary Serkalow and her husband, Ken Allen Serkalow of Elmer, N.J., and Rachel Serkalow of Woodstock; a son, Boris Jared Serkalow of Brandon; two grandchildren, Evan and Breigh; and a niece, Sasha Flimlin of Brooklyn, N.Y.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Rutland County Humane Society Inc., 765 Stevens Road, Pittsford, 05763.
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