Farewell to Bozo The Clown’s portrayer Frank Avruch (May 21, 1928 – March 20, 2018). The Boston-based television personality entertained and Socially Sparked® millions of children of the 1960s as television’s Beloved Bozo The Clown (1959-1970). Avruch died at the age of 89 after a long battle with heart disease. He is survived by his wife Betty, their two sons Matthew and Steven, and their children.
The Boston native was a 40-year contributor to WCVB-TV as the host of “Man About Town” and “The Great Entertainment”. A Boston University graduate with a bachelor of arts degree in communications, he was also known as a philanthropist involved in many charities as well as the New England Chapter of UNICEF. As an Ambassador for UNICEF, he performed around the world as Bozo, and received a United Nations Award for his work with children.
In a statement to WCVB-TV (5), Avruch’s family said, “Our dad loved the children of all ages who remembered being on his show and was always grateful for their kind words. We will miss him greatly.”
While Avruch played many memorable roles throughout his career, he will always be best known as the beloved Bozo The Clown. Thanks for the memories Frank Avruch. RIP. – We will be 4E Socially Sparked! Tweet @sosparkednews