Simina Bus, who acts as host and waits tables at Woodinville’s Il Capretto D’oro (aka The Golden Goat), sent sad news to the restaurant’s many customers via e-mail yesterday about the sudden death of her dear friend Jeff Boswell:
Photo: Betty Udeson/The Seattle Times
Dear Friends Old and New:
It is with crushing pain in my heart that I would like to let you know that Jeffrey Boswell, owner of The Golden Goat/ IL Capretto D’oro passed out of this world. He was diagnosed on December 7th with acute leukemia, and after everything humanly possible was done to save him, he died on his own after suffering a massive stroke at 7:40 p.m. on December 9th. His family members and myself were with him.
I know that he would have wanted me to thank you all for your patronage over the more than 13 years he has been the owner and chef in the restaurant, and that he would have wanted you to know he is not with us anymore. I know that all of you will miss him and all that he has created — the good times you had there, the food, the wine, and his presence there.
I just spoke with Simina, who explained further that Jeff hadn’t been feeling well Friday night, closed the restaurant on Saturday and was taken to the ER on Sunday where, after routine blood tests he was told he had acute leukemia. “From that point on, the oncologist, who was a customer, did everything he could,” Simina said. The swift death of her friend, who is twice divorced and the father of three adult children is heartbreaking for his many friends, relations and his close-knit restaurant family, she said.
The restaurant remains closed until further notice and memorial arrangements are pending. “He wanted to be cremated and his ashes spread at sea,” said Simina, who notes that Jeff had spent the past eight years handcrafting a beautiful 50-foot yacht that was near completion.