OSWEGO — Services and a weekend memorial event have been scheduled for Jack Bobbett, the 11-year-old Oswego boy killed last week at a city intersection.
Bobbett will be remembered by friends and family at the Nelson Funeral Home at 11 W. Albany St., Oswego, Thursday, Aug. 1 from 1-5 p.m.
A chicken barbeque benefit for the Bobbett family will be held this Sunday, Aug. 4, at the Ancient Order of Hibernians, 22 Munn St., Oswego from 4-9 p.m.
“He was bound for greatness,” said Nick Little, Bobbett’s grade four teacher at Fitzhugh Park Elementary School. Jack Bobbett was the voice of the Fitzhugh morning announcements for more than 200 editions, which Little and he worked on together.
“He was very confident and good at doing whatever it took,” Little said.
Bobbett was riding his bike at the corner of East Bridge and East First streets in the city of Oswego the evening of July 24 when he “entered the roadway,” according to police, and was struck by a motorist proceeding under a green light. All parties cooperated with police, no tickets were issued and intoxication was not a factor, officials said. Bobbett died a short time later at Oswego Hospital.
The tragedy sent shockwaves through the Port City as the community mourned Bobbett, described by his family as a boy with “many friends and passions.”
One common thread among memories shared of Jack Bobbett is his love of sports, especially hockey and with a specific focus on the Oswego High School Buccaneers. Little remembers his student frequently wearing an Oswego Bucs hockey jersey.
“He was so proud of that,” Little said. “He loved hockey and on and off the ice, was someone his peers could rely on to be a team player.”
His love for life and hockey could manifest in a “fierce competitive side”, according to Little, but “never at the expense of treating others with respect, dignity and kindness.”
“That truly reflects the person he was and the kid I’ll miss,” Little said.
After a family move, Bobbett attended Kingsford Park Elementary School (KPS) as a sixth grader this previous school year and was set to attend Oswego Middle School in the fall. KPS Principal Dr. Mary Volkomer extended the “sincerest sympathies” of the entire school to the Bobbett family.
“The KPS community and community at large is reeling in the wake of the tragic loss of Jack,” Volkomer told The Palladium-Times Monday. “As evidenced by the memorial event, social media posts, donations and emotional tributes, children and adults alike miss Jack dearly.”
A GoFundMe page set up for the Bobbett family quickly exceeded its $10,000 goal within days of its establishment and as of Tuesday, donors have pledged more than $23,000.
Volkomer said even in the face of immense grief, “there is strength to be found in the love, support and compassion from one another, for one another.”
“The Oswego community these past few days have exemplified that strength,” she said.
Family members said Jack Bobbett “loved his family and loved hanging out with his friends,” according to his obituary. He was the son of Ryan and Maureen Bobbett.