Salvatore A. Bonola

December 23, 1938November 15, 2020

Salvatore Bonola, age 81, of Harwinton, CT passed away on November 15, 2020 with his family by his side. Salvatore was born on December 23, 1938 in New Britain, CT to the late Salvatore and Ersilia (Pasina) Bonola. He graduated from New Britain High School and went on to serve in the U.S. Army. He was employed as a New Britain police officer and spent 26 years with Pratt and Whitney. He also served as Director of Public Works and an Alderman for the City of New Britain. He loved spending time fishing, volunteering in politics and tending to his bountiful garden. His greatest joy was watching all of his grandchildren’s numerous sporting events. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Melanie (Tronsky) Bonola whom he married on November 16, 1963, his daughter, Sandra Bonola of Burlington, CT, his daughter, Wendy Bonola of Burlington, CT, his sister, Nellie Procko of New Britain, CT, his many nieces and nephews, his beloved grandchildren, Griffin, Cassidy, Noah, Mason and Avery and his loving kitty companion, Shadow. Visitation hours will be on Thursday, November 19, 2020 from 9:00 to 11:00AM at New Britain Memorial and Donald Sagarino Funeral Home located at 444 Farmington Avenue, New Britain, CT followed by a graveside ceremony at Saint Mary’s Cemetery, 1141 Stanley Street, New Britain, CT. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. For directions and online tributes please visit


  • Salvatore Bonola, Father (deceased)
  • Ersilia Pasina, Mother (deceased)
  • Nellie Procko, Sister
  • Melanie (Tronsky) Bonola, Wife
  • Sandra Bonola, Daughter
  • Wendy Bonola, Daughter
  • Griffin, Grandchild
  • Cassidy, Grandchild
  • Noah, Grandchild
  • Mason, Grandchild
  • Avery, Grandchild

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    Thursday, November 19, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, November 19, 2020

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Rick & Susan Cayer

November 21, 2020

Dear Melanie, Sandy and Wendy,
We shared many memories on Jones Drive...all quite pleasurable. Please accept our deepest condolences at Sal's passing.
Rick and Sue Cayer

Michael Colossale

November 18, 2020

Sal was a man’s man that left no doubt what his position was on matters. He filled my childhood home with joy and smiles that will always stay with me but amazingly he did the same for my three sons. They looked to him as if he was their family and they reciprocated. I heard “Sal said this” and “Sal did that” more times than I can remember. He was a positive force.

With all that toughness Sal glowed and softened when he talked about the women in his life. Talking about his loving wife and daughters brought the biggest smiles. He was a mentor and a great man. I can go on and on.
God Bless the Banola family

Michael Colossale

Pamela Root

November 17, 2020

Melanie and Family,
I was so sorry to hear of Sal's passing. He was a good man and a wonderful father, grandfather and friend. I enjoyed hearing his stories of long ago and appreciated the guidance and political advice he gave to my son, Michael. He will be missed by our whole family and especially to Michael. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family at this time. With much love and prayers,
Pam Root

Donald DeFronzo

November 16, 2020

Melanie and family-

Over my career there has been no better friend than Sal Bonola. From our earliest days in New Britain politics Sal and I found common ground. His advice was sound, and his dedication to public service, the people of his community and his friends never wavered. When Sal left New Britain, we lost a great leader. I have many good memories of our times together and I'll cherish them always. Please accept our deepest condolences at the loss of a very good man.

Don and Diane DeFronzo


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