John Boaz

John Brian Boaz

Tuesday, February 9th, 1965 - Monday, August 26th, 2019
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John Brian Boaz, 54, passed away August 26, 2019. He was born in Myrtle Beach, SC to the late Robert Judson Boaz, III and Joyce Barrett Boaz. John retired from the Portsmouth Police Department as a Sergeant. He served as a Detective; served with DEA Task Force; was the Police Firearm Instructor as well as the Police Department Armorer. John received several awards during his career including six Certificates of Commendation from the City of Portsmouth, an award for Public Service from the U.S. Department of Justice and an award for Public Service from the United States Attorney's Office. John was an entrepreneur and started two businesses. They were HABCO, a real estate investment corporation and Craddock Pawn Shop. He spent his final years doing contract work overseas where he was given several awards from several countries. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Norfolk and was a former Sunday school teacher and worked the sound system and camera.

Besides his mother, left to cherish his memory is his daughter, Rebecca C. Boaz; son, Travis B. Boaz; sister, Staton B. Cyr; brother, Paul F. Boaz; nieces and nephews, Robert "Bobby" & Emma Boaz and Jacob & Chloe Cyr.

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The service location has been moved to Friday, September 6, 2019 at 2pm at Graham Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 1112 Kempsville Rd, Chesapeake with a reception to follow. Please visit his Book of Memories at where you may view the service or leave a note to the family and share a special memory.
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  • Service

    Friday, September 6th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Friday, September 6th, 2019 2:00pm
    Graham Funeral Home
    1112 Kempsville Road
    CHESAPEAKE, VA 23320
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  • Interment

    Forest Lawn Cemetery
    8100 Granby Street
    NORFOLK, VA 234505
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  • Reception

    Graham Funeral Home
    1112 Kempsville Road
    CHESAPEAKE, VA 23320
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    Following Ceremony


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Andy Perry

Posted at 11:59am
I am so sorry about John's passing so young. I would like to talk to Paul (Andy P. 7576189129)

Don Hipple ,

Posted at 07:59pm
My sincere condolences to each. I photographed John s Wedding years ago. Was sorry to hear of his passing. Chaplain Don Hipple, Va. Beach Police.

Regina McPherson

Posted at 01:25pm
Steve & I did not know John but wished we had. I know Steve and I would have enjoyed your and Jennifer's company.
You were a remarkable man. God Bless you. Rest in Peace

Ben Chirinsky

Posted at 08:05am
I was deeply saddened to hear of John’s passing!

John and I worked together as police advisors/’trainers in Bangladesh.

I found John to be an intelligent, dedicated professional and all around good person who I could always rely on which is why he was highly thought of by Bangladesh Government officials.

I have a many positive memories of our work together as well a few laughs we had along the way!

To John’s family - Please accept my sincerest condolences. Wishing you comfort and peace at this time of sorrow, may his recollection make the mourning process even a shred less difficult.


Ben Chirinsky

Chris Wingard

Posted at 01:33am
John and I met in 2018, when he arrived in Dhaka, Bangladesh extremely tired from the 30+ hour flight. We shared a brief introduction, because I didn't have the heart to take too much of his time, as it was clear the trip got the best of him. We finally had the opportunity to sit and talk a few days later, and I learned that he was a retired brother of "Blue" (police officer), and had served serval overseas tours. After that meeting, I very seldom called him by his first name, rather, I called him, "Brother"; and he always called me, "Buddy". We talked and text more than we saw each other. He proved to be very proficient at his job. Brother, you contributed so much to so many people throughout the United States and the International community, leaving a legacy and path forward for the future... Quiet As The Breeze. Rest easy brother. We will take it from here...
Your "Buddy", Chris (ATA, SLEA, Dhaka, Bangladesh)...

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Friday, September 06 2019 at 02:00 pm

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