Robert Mathew Bonin

October 9, 1931November 22, 2021

Robert 'Bob' Bonin, 90 years old of Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, passed away on Monday, November 22, 2021. Son of the late William and Beatrice Bonin, Bob was an esteemed member of Boston's Legal and Government communities for more than fifty years.

Educated at Boston Latin School; Boston University's College of Business Administration, graduating Magna cum laude in 1952; and graduated first in his class from B.U. Law School in 1954. After a year fellowship at George Washington School of Law, Bonin served as an Army JAG, 1955-1958

Robert Bonin practiced law and was a highly regarded trial attorney for more than twenty years before accepting the first assistant attorney general position under Francis X. Bellotti. Following his time at the A.G.'s office, Bonin became Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court. In 1978 he returned to private law practice, retiring in 2019 at the age of 88.

Bonin was known for his quick wit, breadth of knowledge, and tough-minded approach to Government Reform. He was also a fine piano player and fancied himself a singer, having an extensive memory of most songs written in the 1940 and 50s. He taught 'Introduction to Law' at Harvard University with his son Mark for six years in his later years.

Bonin married twice, first to Phyllis Keselman and second to Angela Randall. He is survived by his three sons Joseph, Theodore, and Mark Bonin, two stepchildren Amy Randall and Joseph Randall, and several grandchildren. Services Friday, November 26, 2021, at twelve-noon at Sharon Memorial Park, 40 Dedham Street, Sharon. Donations in Robert Bonin's memory to the American Civil Liberties Union.


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thomas kiley

November 24, 2021

Bob was in many ways the best of the brightest who made the Bellotti years in the AG's office special . He was the strong leader atop the original team that Frank assembled. He was a true mentor to those who followed. He was scholarly when it was called for, down to earth when it wasn't. He worked long into the night to make sure the tasks of the day were completed -and the following days' covered. When the phone rang well after most others had left,he answered the phone using a foreign sounding voice and professing to be the cleaning man when the caller was a crackpot. I learned so much from Bob, but never learned how to mimic that voice. I hear it now and will miss it in the future.


November 24, 2021

I remember Bob as the consummate trial attorney and an effective mediator. He represented our firm on many matters at the State and Federal level. With him and Mardic; I always knew we were getting the highest level of representation and sage advice.
From a personal perspective; Bob was certainly one of a kind; I will certainly miss his humorous banter and walk down memory lane on his career and affording along with Mardic,; my daughter an internship opportunity as she attended law school. I will be forever grateful to them.
My heartfelt condolences to his family and many friends; the world will certainly miss Bob.