EAA says goodbye to Jean Bukui




Pictured Above: Executive Director John Herman and Mr. Jean Bukiu celebrating his 90th birthday.

In Memory of

Jean Bukui
1921 - 2012

 Pictured above: Jean is joined by John Herman and volunteers at the annual hunger walk.  

European American Association says

good bye to a dear friend


     On Wednesday September 26, 2012 the staff of European American Association said good-bye to a past president, board member, volunteer and good friend. 


     Jean Bukiu has been part of European American Association for the past 21 years. One of the many rocks in the foundation which started EAA, Jean put his heart and soul into his volunteering. Whenever Executive Director/Founder, John Herman needed assistance Jean and his brother Florian both rose to the occasion and lent a hand.


     Coming from his native Romania in 1987, Jean volunteered with EAA as board member and president. While working as a volunteer in the food pantry he packed and distributed groceries to the Humboldt Park Community.  Jean was an annual fixture at the many hunger walks EAA participated in with the Greater Chicago Food Depository.


     Having been in Romania during very turbulent times, Jean spent many years in prison for his beliefs. Jean was a true patriot to his homeland of Romania and while here in the states, he organized “Cultural Nights” to make sure the younger generation knew the great history of their native country Romania. As a writer, Jean published 2 books while living in the states.


     Jean will always be remembered as a person who never looked at race, creed or the color of your skin. He treated everyone with respect.  He embraced and learned about each of our history. In a city which is made of so many different cultures, Chicago was the perfect town for Jean. Good Bye dear friend, you will be missed, but your love of life will go on in the many individuals you touched, especially your friends at European American Association!


From the Staff of EAA



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