Clement A. Bokman

By Orleans Hub Posted 13 May 2020 at 2:16 pm

Clement Bokman

Loving husband, father and grandfather

Clement A. “Butch” Bokman, 83, of Allegany and formerly of Lockport, passed away peacefully on Sun., May 10, 2020 at Olean General Hospital, following a brief illness.

Butch was born on Dec. 6, 1936 in Albion and was a son of Michael and Mary Smith Bokman. He married his loving wife of 64 years, Arlene Giarrizzo, who survives him.

Butch was a graduate of Albion High School. He had a long established career in the automobile industry, owning dealerships in the Olean and Buffalo areas. Early in his career, while working at his brother Mike’s Buick dealership in Medina, Butch received Buick’s esteemed Royal Purple Achievement Award for having the top Buick sales performance in the country. He was the youngest ever to win the award at just 22 years of age. Butch and his wife, Arlene, raised golden retriever puppies that many families in the Lockport area brought into their homes, made part of their families, and loved.

Butch lived on Wynkoop Road in Lockport, where he and his wife raised their five children, for over 40 years before moving to Allegany in 2017 to be closer to his family. He loved to have family and friends over for conversation that always involved his love of quarter horses. Growing up on a farm in Medina taught Butch his love of animals. He trained calf-roping horses and competed in rodeos for many years.

Along with his loving wife, Arlene, Butch is survived by his three sons (“the boys”), Rick (Kathy) Bokman, Scott (Patti) Bokman, and Mark (Susan) Bokman; a sister, Rita Lewis; a son-in-law, Mark Leitzan; five grandchildren, Mike (Brittney) Bokman, Christa (Dan) Hunt, Nicki (Ryan) Williams, Ryan Bokman and Mathew Bokman; three great-grandchildren, Max, Eli and Emma; many beloved nieces and nephews; and special friends, Tom, Audrey, Bob, Albert, Tiffany, Don and Nancy, Bill “Big O,” Carl, Doc and Mary Ruth, and Barb.

Butch was predeceased by two daughters, Julie, and Dr. Susan Bokman Leitzan; his sisters, Veronica “Ronnie” Gillmeister Cameron and Mary Basinait; and his brothers, Michael, Henry, Joseph and Jimmy Bokman.

Services will be private. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a date and time to be announced. Burial will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Albion.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Olean General Hospital Foundation, 515 Main St., Olean NY 14760.

Arrangements are under the direction of Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home, Inc., 646 E. State St., Olean. Online condolences may be made at