Thos. L. Shinn Funeral Home

10 Hilliard Drive, Manahawkin, NJ


Stephen B. Bonner

April 24, 1949November 27, 2019

On November 27, 2019, Stephen Bonner passed away peacefully at home surrounded by the love of his family. He was born on April 24, 1949 in Philadelphia, PA. Son to Vera and Jack. He is dearly loved and will be missed by his beloved wife Deborah and their five children, fourteen grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Daughters Kelli Scimitarra, her husband Mark, and their children Mark and Emilia; Kris McHale, her husband Joe, and their daughters Amber and Devyn; Jennifer Duran, her husband Jimmy, and their children Leslie, Mariah, Dafne, Samantha, Jacob and Hailey; Heather McClellan, her husband Michael, and their children Grace, Ryan, and Chloe. Son Jamison and his daughter Reagan. Granddaughter Amber Morrisey, her husband Mike, and their children Brayden and Lucas. Brother John Bonner and his wife Mimi. Sister Leslie Santacroce and her husband Frank.

Steve worked at Stafford Township Police where he proudly served his community for many years. He was the recipient of numerous awards and commendations. He worked as a detective, promoted to Sergeant, and retired with the rank of Lieutenant. He was dedicated to his job and his fellow officers. He was committed to making Stafford Township a great place to live.

Steve famously loved his weekends and vacations celebrating life with his family and friends. He loved his happy hour beers and wings, football, and of course singing. His joy and laughter made a lasting impression and will be sorely missed.

Everyone knew Steve’s love for all animals, especially his well fed, spoiled dogs. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Steve’s memory to Southern Ocean County Animal Shelter, 306 Haywood Rd. Manahawkin, NJ 08050.

All friends and family are invited to a memorial service at Shinn Funeral Home in Manahawkin on Saturday, the 7th of December, from 2 to 4PM.

To leave online condolences and fond memories for the Bonner family, please visit www.shinnfuneralhome.com


  • Memorial Service Saturday, December 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 7, 2019


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David Bonner

December 8, 2019

Dear Bonner's & Families,
My deep condolences to Steve's passing. It is clear he was a good man - no surprises - that's where he came from. He was a great friend & plenty of fun when we were kids - never an idle moment! They weren't called SEALs in the day - Frogmen - tearing up & down Barnegat Bay with a raft lashed to the side of the runabout (doing our own Sea Hunt), or hauling heating oil tanks back to the dock (catching hell), or comparing Scouts experiences - all a great boyhood together with wonderful cousins. I have no doubt as adults it would have been the same - fate took another direction. I was blest for the time that we had. Much Love, David

Jack Santacroce

December 6, 2019

My Uncle Steve... So many memories with him growing up. My fondest memories we're from Thanksgiving at his and my Aunt Debs house. Surrounded by all our family gathered all in the house then sitting at the dinning room table (all tightly close to each other) as we laughed and talk about life. Of course I was always put at the kids table and couldn't wait to make it to the adult table. I remember those times as being my favorite time of year. I miss those days but will always remember my uncle as a man who did anything for his family. He always made me feel loved!!

I remember as a small child him taking me on a ride-along (actually pulled someone over for speeding), then taking me back to the precinct to take fingerprints and get cuffed and put in a holding cell... I was probably 5-7 years old at the time and thought it was the coolest thing ever and he was the coolest uncle ever.

I also remember my uncle and I singing karaoke together (I was probably 5-7) at the Quarter Deck. We sung ”take me out to the ball game together” I always brought that up to him how much that memory stayed with me. I wish I could sing again with him one last time.

I love you Uncle Steve and will miss you with all of my heart!!

Gregory Mc Nally

December 5, 2019

I was saddened to learn of Steve passing on. I worked with Steve for many years. He was relentless in his investigations, making numerous arrest and wore the uniform with pride and distinction. He will be dearly missed.

Joe Graber

December 4, 2019

I lived with steve john and vera during some hs years. Great man. Condolences to the Bonner family.

Mary Coan

December 2, 2019

My first boyfriend!

Stevie was 6, I was 5 and we were fast buds, a dear bond between cousins! We really enjoyed our time together. He loved to sing, carrying his guitar around and treating us frequently to his rendition of "You ain't nothin' but a hound dog," his Presley favorite. There has got to be film of that somewhere! We grew up together playing at the Bonner home in Chestnut Hill, where his father and my mother were born on Evergreen Ave. Since his family lived just down the road in Wyndmoor and we lived with my Aunt Rita, because my Dad was in the Korean War, we grew up together as babies and young children. Life carried us in different directions and sadly we rarely connected after high school but fond memories are held dear.

My memories of Steve as a child are ones of a gentle soul, laid back, unflappable, easy going, resilient in the face of so much doctoring for his eyes and with the loss of his dad. Somehow, I feel these qualities persisted throughout his life, a life well lived in service to others and his community.

Steve's passing is surely bittersweet for family and friends he held dear, happy for the relief of his suffering, sad for the loss of his physical presence. For those of us who believe in the Communion of Saints, we are assured that our loved ones who have passed are every present in our lives. And, if nothing else, we carry the memory of them deep within us forever. I certainly do.

You all have my deepest sympathy.

Mary Coan
daughter of Marie Bonner Coan

Barb Moffitt

December 2, 2019

So many great memories of our dear friend. The Quarter deck crew, karaoke, pool parties. You will be dearly missed my friend. Keep an eye on your family and us old friends from up above.😘

Dolores & Walter Forsberg

December 2, 2019

Dear Debbie
Walter and I were so sorry to hear that Steve passed away.
I knew Steve for over 30 plus years he was all about the community and children, he was a kind man and always remembering the fun all of us had at karaoke. He will be truly missed.

God bless you


Maureen Gosford

December 2, 2019

Deb and Family,
So sorry to hear about your loss of Steve. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. Our hearts go out to you. I know how much he will be missed.

Pat Clemens

November 30, 2019

Dear Debbie and loved ones.
I am so deeply sorry to hear of the passing of Steve he was truly a wonderful man.
May God shine his divine mercy upon his departed soul+

My deepest condolences
Pat Clemens

Harold and Helen Hammonds

November 30, 2019

Debbie and all your family,
Our deepest condolences to all of you. Steve was a wonderful man. We are thinking of all of you! Xoxo
Harold and Helen