LaMonica Memorial Home

145 East Mount Pleasant Ave, Livingston, NJ


Louis Anthony Bonora

May 20, 1949August 15, 2020

Louis Anthony Bonora, age 71, of Oak Ridge, NJ, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 15, 2020. Due to Covid legal restrictions and at the request of the family the services are private and for immediate family only. A memorial service will be held in the future, when it is safe to do so.

Lou was first and foremost a family man who derived his greatest joy and pride from his wife, children, grandchildren, and extended family. A lifelong teacher and coach, Lou left an impact on every student in his classroom and on his teams. He inspired everyone to reach for the stars and served as a father figure to many of his students and players. Over the years Lou coached football and baseball at Clifton and DePaul in Wayne and girls basketball at JFK in Paterson, Pope John in Sparta, and St. Mary’s in Rutherford. Most notably, he and his JFK girl’s teams had an undefeated 1987-88 season, a multi-season 58 game winning streak, and won the 1990 Tournament of Champions. Several players went on to play professional women’s basketball. Lou was an avid fisherman and gardener, but was best known for his sense of humor, storytelling, and zest for life.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 41 years, Linda Bonora, his devoted daughters Lauren (Neil) Sullivan and Lisa (Andrew Stone) Bonora, his loving grandsons Rafaele (Rafy) and Giorgio (Gio) and his dear sister Sara (Donald) Regina and brother Angelo (Ginny) Bonora. Lou is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105-9959


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Gina Pirozzi

September 2, 2020

So very sorry for your loss, nothing but great memories, from Sacred Heart to the Youth Center in Lyndhurst and most recently our last two reunions. Prayers to your family

KaShena Fabor

September 1, 2020

K FABOR C/O 1999

Matt Van Wolput

August 23, 2020

Linda and Family,

Our families prayers for comfort and peace are with you all at this time. Lou had been an incredible source of joy, understanding, and compassion every time we spoke with him. His energy and love couldn’t be denied when we were around him and I can’t place a time when he was irritated or in a bad mood. Lou had countless times where he had gone out of his way to help us. He is an awesome guy, family man, community oriented, and man of faith. We love him and will miss him dearly.

Carol Werner-Rovira

August 19, 2020

I remember being at his parents house and his Mom feeding us. Was with Stan Walters and Ray Dimm back in the late 60’s. My deepest condolences to the family.

Winnie Earle

August 19, 2020

Dear Linda and Family
My sincere condolences to you and the family. Louie was a amazing guy! I looked forward to seeing him at work every day . He was such a happy person so full of love and a daily dose of encouragement. The kids loved him too. What a beautiful legacy to leave for us. He will be missed by all. Sending hugs.💔❤❤🙏

Frances Mehnert

August 19, 2020

Dear Linda, Lauren, Lisa and Family,
We wish that we could be with you at this time to express our sincere condolences. We are heart broken at the loss of our dear cousin Louie. His personality was bigger than life and his heart even bigger. His loving and caring ways will be missed by all who knew him. We are so grateful to have had Louie in our lives.
Rest in peace dear cousin.
Love and Prayers,
Fran and Bob

Debbie (Dee Dee) BARRETT

August 19, 2020

Well.. this right here has me boggled! My Coach Louie was the man, he was an inspiration to my daughter Koryn Lawrence whom he also coached at St. Mary's and myself. He coached me 1984-1987 and it was the greatest time of my high school years even when he was throwing the ball or clipboard at me 🤣to watching Lauren and Lisa playing in the gym and growing to be such beautiful ladies. I can honestly say that I would not have made it through high school without Coach Bonora or basketball in my life 🏀. He was mine & most of the girls he coached Angel/dad all the years that he was around & he made sure we all were always good. I will never forget his smile and he will forever be in my family heart. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING YOU!

To Mrs Bonora, Lauren and Lisa you have my deepest sympathy. 🙏🏾🙏🏾💯

Dean Marabeti

August 19, 2020

Coach Lou was the very best of the best! He always had a smile and had the ability to tell a great story and make you laugh. He was a great teacher, friend and coach. Lou was one of those coaches who just had a tremendous ability to get the most out of his players. With all that being said and most importantly he really cared about his students and players. RIP coach and thank you!

Vincent Constantino

August 19, 2020

My condolences to the family. I will never forget our days when we were coaching @ Pope Pius H.S. We were young and had so much fun. Great memories . May you Rest In Peace my friend.

Carmela Crawford

August 18, 2020

Words cannot Express the Hurt I'm feeling at this Time. 💔😥 Mr Bonora aka Coach B to ME was an Awesome Man. He Loved his Lady Knights Basketball Teams of JFK HS. However, I am his Very First Young Lady to get a Full Athletic Scholarship to a D-1 College. He taught Us ALL Well On and Off the court. Coach B definitely was Amazing and Will be Missed by Family, Friends and those who knew him.

To the BONORA Family I Love you All and Thanks for sharing Coach B with me as Family. GOD Bless Everyone ♥️


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