Albert “Al” Boan, 73, Kansas City Kansas, passed away in his home March 21, 2023. Al attended St. John the Baptist school, and graduated from Bishop Ward High school in 1968. He went on to graduate from the University of Kansas in 1972 with his Bachelor in Arts. He was head of maintenance at the Metropolitan Community College for over 30 years, where he retired in the year 2020.
Al’s service will be April 1st, 2023 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Visitation will begin promptly at 9:30 in the morning followed by mass at 10:30.
The loss of Al is not only devastating to his friends and family, but the community. Al knew multiple people at any given social event and was regarded by many as a kind and faithful friend. Al Boan was an avid volunteer from hospice organizations, to the Fringe festival, to local parish festivals, to high school debate teams. He had one of the biggest hearts. He adopted as many pets as he was able, and loved them deeply. He was one of the few that didn’t discriminate between cats and dogs- he loved them both.
He was creative and a seasoned traveler. He was open minded and loved to learn about other cultures and try new things. Al was very knowledgeable about history, and his Croatian heritage and therefore was very involved with the Strawberry Hill community, in which he grew up. He was an active board member of his parish, St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish. He loved helping in any way possible from donating to the church to volunteering at the Centennial celebration to volunteering at the Croatian festival. He loved to talk about his father’s involvement in the war and could talk for hours about any historical event.
Al is preceded in death by his parents Wilma and Albert Boan, brother Dave Boan, sister, Donna, and Julie Hyde-Boan, wife. He is survived by his brother Tim Boan, sister-in-law Diane Boan, sister Mary Williams, nieces Erica Boan and Stephanie Abell, and nephew Christopher Boan. One of his main attributes is that he was a caretaker. He cared for his brother, David, for most of his life and it was one of his greatest joys. He loved watching shows with his brother, eating meals with him, and buying him new shirts. He was a hard worker and he enjoyed meeting new people and connecting with them. He not only wanted to get to know those around him but he cared for them. This is why Al was so popular- he was a genuine man that loved people.
Al Boan starred in commercials and even had his own comedy show and although he never went to Hollywood- he was a celebrity in the eyes of Kansas City, through the thousands of hearts he has touched over the years.
Al had a musical laugh, an infectious smile, and gave the best hugs. We wish to remember Al in the ways that represent him best by spending time with our friends, family and our furry friends, through volunteering, involvement with our church, and caring for each other.