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On April 25, 2021, Emily Joy Bobry, passed away at the age of 38 after an acute illness. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and a Master’s Degree in Education from SUNY Oswego. Her creative writing was expressive and a wonderful outlet for Emily, and many of her poems were published in poetry journals. Emily enjoyed summers at Camp Sisol and Camp Seneca Lake where she found a strong sense of love, community, and inclusivity. Emily worked hard to achieve sobriety after years of suffering from addiction. She was very proud of becoming clean and worked to support other women around the country to achieve and maintain their own sobriety. She became a Sobriety Sister, which gave her life special meaning in being able to help others. Weeks before her illness, she posted a message on facebook, celebrating six years and four months clean, with a message of inspiration, “If anyone out there is struggling and trying to stop drinking or using, but isn’t sure they can do it… I am living proof that you can. You are not worthless or hopeless and you certainly aren’t unworthy. You DESERVE recovery!” She shared her story with the world, hoping to dismantle the shame and secrecy about the disease of addiction.

Special thanks to Marcus Callerame, her significant other, and his family, for loving and being with Emily the past five years.
Emily is survived by her parents Terri and Harold Bobry, sister Melanie Bobry and Dan Polant, niece Evelyn and nephew Isaac Bobry-Polant and her Grandparents Betsy and Stuart Bobry. She was loved and will be missed by her family and everyone whose lives she may have touched.

A private family funeral will be held. Shiva will be observed Tuesday (4/27), 2-4 PM & 7-9 PM and Wednesday (4/28), 2-4 PM & 7-9 PM at 16 Bretton Woods Drive, Rochester, NY 14618 (Click for Directions). Shiva will be held outside, with masks required.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Emily’s memory can be made to Camp Seneca Lake at the Rochester JCC, a place where she was truly happy.

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