Richard "North Shore Santa" Graham Bonnington Sr.

October 28, 1947November 23, 2021

Richard Graham Bonnington, Sr., 74 of Hixson, TN., passed away on November 23, 2021.

Richard aka the “North Shore Santa” for many years delighted in spreading Christmas cheer to many children over the years. “Santa” also received a law degree from Memphis State University. He was born in Leeds, England in 1947 to the late Bernard and Gladys Bonnington.

He was preceded in death by his aforementioned parents.

Left behind to cherish Richard’s memory are his wife of 42 years, Sherry, children, Marty (Amanda) Bonnington, Nikki (Leslie) Ellis, and Richard Graham Bonnington, Jr., grandchildren, Alicia and Philip Bonnington, sister, Judy (Darwin) Michielsen, brother, Stuart (Peggy) Bonnington, and many dear friends.

There will be no formal services for Richard per his wishes.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in Richard’s memory to the American Diabetes Association P.O. Box 702, Merrifield, Virginia 22116-7023 or send to their website

Arrangements are under the care of Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory and Florist North Chapel, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson, TN 37343.

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Claire Bradford

November 27, 2021

If all of you who love Richard will allow me to send a message to his daughter, Nikki, here, I am grateful.
Nikki, we are so sad to hear about your dad. Drew would have his arms around you about now and I think he does.
Bless you and your family as you cope with this loss. Marjorie, Peter, Amber Timothy and I send you hugs and love. ❤️❤️❤️

Susan Leonard (née Bonnington)

November 26, 2021

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to all 'Santa's' nearest and dearest. I feel your pain. I know what you're going through.
I always remember sitting on Richard & Sherry's deck back in 2001 (OMG 20yrs ago) having a great cousins first ever meeting (we live on different sides of the Atlantic) and we laughed and laughed and they couldn't believe I'd never seen fireflies before. Strange the things one remembers. They made me feel so welcome. Then there was a great cousin's reunion weekend up in Clarksville, TN just a few years ago. Great memories that I'll treasure.
Hey cousin, keep up the Santa work - please say hi to my own Mum and Dad (your Dad's brother) for me. You'll be sorely missed by everyone xxxxxx