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Craig "Gator" Bodzianowski

Born: 1960     Died: 2013

Craig

Craig Steven "Gator" Bodzianowski, age 52, passed away Friday, July 26 in his sleep. Born in Chicago, he resided in South Suburbs. He is survived by his children and very proud of Kenneth Gator and Paige Margaret; his mother, Gloria; sister, Denise Worley (Stephen) and brothers, Howard (Kristen) and Kenneth (Christine). Proceeded in death by his father, Patrick; brother, William and sister, Donna Tamberlin. Proud uncle of Jeff, Bruce, Frank, Pat, Bill, Kenny. "Gator" was a cruiserweight boxing contender in the 80's whose career was postponed with a motorcycle accident and the loss of his right leg below the knee. Gator made one of the greatest sporting comebacks of all time on a prosthesis, winning two championship belts. After retiring from boxing Gator went onto physical training and construction work. Later he graduated from Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School and became a professional chef. Gator was a friend to many, and LOVED by all! A memorial visitation will be held at the Brady-Gill Funeral Home, 16600 S. Oak Park, Tinley Park on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 from 2 to 9 pm. (708) 614-9900.

Visitation:

Time:
July 31, 2013  2:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location:
Brady-Gill, Tinley Park   -   Map
Street:
16600 S. Oak Park Ave.
City:
Tinley Park
State:
IL
ZIP:
60477

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brandon feliszak 02-11-2015 18:33

Gator was an exceptional guy. One that would bust ur balls and give u the shirt off his back at the same time.i didn't know him but for only a couple of years but after I met him and trained with this guy and seen his work ethic and how much pain he would go thru and to of seen his video and seen that this was a guy who had the determination of a lion could only make u look up to him and want to help him out because u know he would do the same for you. Gator had some great stories and jokes. I miss hearing him do his slang talk for those that know what I'm talking about he would of been fifty fo! Lol. Gator was awesome to me even after his fame.glad to of met gator and grateful to know that my grampa use to watch his fights around the time I was born. Love ya gator u will be truly missed. rip. The feliszak family

 
 
Michael Hansen 09-29-2013 11:29

Tomorrow I turn 39. I met Gator at 16. He didn't like probably 10 people, but if he liked you, he loved you. And he loved me, and his kids, and I'll miss him for as long as I live.

One of your fighters,
MH

 
 
Carla & Michael Griffin 08-09-2013 13:19

Our deepest of sympathies to the entire Bodzianowski Family. Michael and I both went to school with Gator and his brothers, and sisters. When we lived back in Illinois we would attend as many of Gator's fights as we could. Gator was an awesome person and even though we lost contact when we moved to Colorado, we continued to follow his boxing career. Craig will be greatly missed.

 
 
Len Klingen 08-03-2013 13:11

Worked with Craig while we were in our teens at Dominicks Foods and saw many of his local fights..A nice guy and a tough fighter..With a couple of breaks he could have been a world champ...RIP Pal..

 
 
Thomas Sulo 07-31-2013 20:15

My sympathies to the family for this sudden loss. I was a teacher and coach at Andrew High School and met Craig a few times when he would come and check up on his brother Howard who played for us. You all are in my prayers and thoughts during this difficult time. Peace be with you all. Thomas Sulo

 
 
Janie Peters 07-31-2013 11:50

So sorry to hear about Craig. Sympathy to all of you

 
 
Jeff Anderson 07-31-2013 05:03

Craig,
We spent a lot of hours at "The Boards" behind Sandburg. You will be missed by many. Thanks for helping me out when I was down on my luck. My condolences to the entire Bodzianowski Family.

 
 
Bob Elwood 07-30-2013 13:14

I'll miss you gator. Rip my friend. Cook for em all

 

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