Nickerson Funeral Home

77 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans, MA


Edward L. Bonacci

6 March, 19334 January, 2020

Edward L. Bonacci, 86 of Orleans, MA passed away Saturday, January 4th at Cape Cod Hospital. Born in the Bronx, NY on March 6, 1933 he was the beloved son of Adeline and Joseph Bonacci and is survived by his sister Roberta Lang of Orleans, MA.

Edward was an Industrial Engineering graduate of UMass Lowell and an Electrical Engineering graduate of New York University.

In 1952 as a student, Ed created the first-ever radio station at UMass Lowell. The call letters at that time were WLTI, known today as WUML 91.5 FM and is still broadcasting in the City of Lowell.

He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1954 and was trained for the Army Security Agency (ASA), now known as National Security Agency (NSA).

Ed had a long and successful career innovating, designing and manufacturing products and businesses for both the private and governmental sectors. In his early career years, Ed worked on exciting and classified technology that helped with advancements for the military, security and flight industries. One of the many exciting ventures that Ed was involved with included working on the Hubble Space Telescope.

In 1972 Ed and two partners started their own American based security and surveillance technologies company called American Dynamics. Ed’s company pioneered and transformed the securities industry on a global basis evolving into systems that are still in place today.

After retiring, Ed moved from Briarcliff Manor, NY to Orleans, MA. His many hobbies and interests included growing orchids, fine wood working, photography, collecting antique navigational equipment, rare navigational books and anything related to computer and electronics technology.

A memorial mass and celebration of Ed’s life will be held on Friday, March 6, 2020 at 11:00 AM at St. Joan of Arc Church, 61 Canal Road, Orleans with reception to follow at Nickerson Funeral Home, 77 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans. For online condolences, please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com.


  • A Celebration of Life Mass Friday, 6 March , 2020


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Doug Stives

3 March 2020

Ed was a wonderful friend and client of my CPA practice. We spent many days together keeping his very successful business afloat. I learned so much from a brilliant and skilled man.

Ed and I talked regularly about our common passion for sailing and often called each other to share a joke or interesting story.

I will miss him but will always remember a faithful, smart and personable friend.

Doug Stives
Lincroft, NJ


17 January 2020

I knew Ed for many years and always experienced him as a gentle and loving soul. Interacting with him was always uplifting and inspiring because of his sharp mind and his total attentiveness in any of my conversations and interactions with him. I want to express my deepest condolences to his sister Roberta and to assure her that I will remember Ed fondly as the very special person that he was. I pray that Ed may now share in the fullness of eternal life through the Resurrection of Jesus.


13 January 2020

Ed: All the sailors on the Hudson River will miss you, whether in Lightnings or larger boats. I remember many great races with my Dad and you crewing Fast Company. Rest in peace!
Bill Day

Michael Michetti

10 January 2020

So sorry to see the passing of my oldest cousin. I always looked up to Edward and admired his brilliance and expertise in so many areas. Both Lauren and I would like to express our sincere condolences to cousin Roberta

Robert & Rosalie Falcone

9 January 2020

We had great visits when he was in Marco Island, Florida.
He was a kind and great man. We looked forward to seeing
him and spending time with him. We will miss him.
Rosalie and Bob Falcone

Patrick Murphy

8 January 2020

I was so sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. He was such a wonderful man and I’m honored I knew him. I wish I had been better about staying in touch the last few years.

In the fall of 1999 I walked into WJUL and my life instantly changed forever. I found my big crazy radio family, became more passionate about anything than I ever had before, and with Ed’s guidance, also learned a lot about fighting for and standing up for the things I hold dear. I made lifelong friends. It was a real world experience more valuable than my degree.

If Ed hadn’t been tinkering with his record player in his dorm all those years before my life would not have been the same. There was a common saying around the station: WJUL gave me my soul. It’s probably still said but updated to WUML. We have Ed to thank for that. He had such an enormous impact on so many people and he will be dearly missed.

Ciara Lanman

6 January 2020

I never had the opportunity to meet Ed in person. However, he has touched my heart and become a part of my family - my radio family. As he was our founder in 1952. WUML suffered a great loss this weekend.

I just would like to take the time to say, thank you, Ed. For everything. Without you I would never have found a home at UML. You were one of us - the first of us. Thank you so very much for this crazy club I call home and giving me the opportunity to meet the people I now regard as my family.

I know I speak for the whole organization - past and present - when I say you will be missed. Though your legacy will live on.

I cannot express my gratitude enough. Again, thank you, Ed.


6 January 2020

Denise and I are heartbroken over Ed's passing. He was a very special person of great intelligence, compassion and loyalty to his family and friends. Our memories of him bring us joy and warmth and we treasure our times together on Marco Island and traveling the world.
Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers and we are with you in spirit.
Bill & Denise Duncan