May 1, 1949 - May 12, 2018
Timothy J. Bohen, who rose from letter carrier to the top ranks of the U.S. Postal Service, died Saturday in Erie County Medical Center after a long illness. He was 69.
A South Buffalo native, Mr. Bohen graduated from Canisius High School and Canisius College, and earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University at Buffalo. After joining theU.S. Postal Service and a few years of delivering the mail, Mr. Bohen then held various management positions in the Western New York District.
He was transferred to postal headquarters in the Washington area in 1977 as a systems analyst at the dawn of the personal computer age. Later he was promoted to information center manager, traveling the country to train managers on implementing computers.
“I remember my dad had one of the first Apple Lisa computers in the Washington area,” recalled his son, Tim. “We had this high-tech machine, that cost the price of a new car, sitting in our living room. My brother and I were the envy of our friends.”
In 1985, Mr. Bohen and his family moved to East Aurora where he served as postmaster. Shortly after, he moved again to Boston, where he worked as a Postal Service director of marketing, overseeing the rollout of the priority mail campaign, which was later implemented nationally. He also directed installation of a postal branch in historic Faneuil Hall.
Mr. Bohen returned to Western New York as postal operations manager, supervising the large post offices from Niagara Falls to Ithaca. One of his proudest professional accomplishments involved creating a program called “Rewarding Performance” in which he traveled the country training postal managers.
After retirement, Bohen fought a long battle with diabetes, but continued travelling to visit family and friends.
Besides his son, survivors include his wife, the former Donna McIntyre; another son, Brian; a daughter, Kate Maldonado; a brother, Patrick; seven sisters, Susan Curran, Sheila Cannon, Catherine Comerford, Colleen Bohen, Maureen Fahey, Jeanne Simard and Mollie Walsh; and four grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 17 at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, 1140 Abbott Road.