Former vice president of sales at IDEAL Industries dies

Robert (Bob) Bukowsky died on April 14 at the age of 71. He worked for IDEAL Industries for the last 20+ years of his professional life. Bukowsky was vice president of sales when he retired from IDEAL in May 2008.

According to a news release, “Bob began his career with IDEAL as national sales manager. In 1993, he became vice president of sales, where he successfully managed the IDEAL sales team and built a network of distributors across the United States. During his tenure with IDEAL, Bob achieved many milestones, including the development of several distributor development programs, development of IDEAL’s territory growth program, and most notably the successful transition of the company’s position in the market from primarily selling wire connectors and hand tools into a thriving and innovative supplier of a diverse range of installation and testing solutions across several markets.”

Bukowsky was very involved with the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED). He joined the manufacturer’s council in 2003 and was chair in 2008. In 2011, NAED recognized Bukowsky with its Associate Award for outstanding contributions of an individual to the industry in 2007. In 2011, NAED also gave him an honorary life membership.

Bukowsky also participated on the National Electrical Manufacturers Representatives Association’s (NEMRA) manufacturers group executive committee from 200-2004. He was chairman from 2003-2004. Bukowsky was honored with the Thomas F. Preston Award for his support of NEMRA in 2005.

“The IDEAL family sends its deepest condolences to all who knew and loved Bob, to those who worked with him and to everyone who enjoyed his outgoing, friendly personality,” said Dave Juday, chairman of the board for IDEAL. “We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends during this difficult time.”

Bukowsky is survived by his wife Franca, his son, two grandchildren, a sister and brother, Franca’s daughter, and Sandra Bukowsky the mother of his two sons. He was preceded in death by his son Brett.

Family and friends will gather at Butala Funeral Home and Crematory in Sycamore, Illinois on Saturday, April 21st from 11 am – 1 pm. A memorial service will begin at 1:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, Bob would much prefer contributions to the Kishwaukee Family YMCA Strong Kids Campaign in care of the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178.

To sign the online guest book or for information, go to or call 815-895-2833.

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