OBITUARY

Richard Edmond Bonin

January 10, 1926January 16, 2013
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Richard Edmond Bonin, 87, husband of Doris (Dodi) C. Lusignan Bonin, passed away Wednesday evening, Jan. 16, 2013. He was born Jan. 10, 1926 in Manchester, NH, son of the late Joseph and Albertina Bonin. In addition to his parents, Mr. Bonin was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra Rose Bonin Anderson, his in-laws, Albert and Rose Lusignan, a sister, Pauline Towne, a brother, William Bonin, a brother-in-law, Charles Roy, and lifelong friends, Bob and Joan Gasparoli, and Bill Kilburn. Survivors include his bride of 63 years, a son, Richard Allen Bonin and his wife, Kim, of St. Louis, MO, a daughter, Judy Ann Bonin of Staunton, a son-in-law, Van C. Anderson of Waynesboro, a sister, Lorraine Keeley and her husband, Ed, of Connecticut, a sister-in-law, Claire Roy, of Massachusetts, two precious grandsons, Eric Russell Bonin, and Jeffrey Paul Bonin, of St. Louis, and special family friend, Mary Ann Hall, of Staunton. Mr. Bonin was an All-State running back at St. Joseph’s High School in Manchester. He was an aviator with the Naval Air Corp during WWII and later graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Richard married Dodi, his college sweetheart, on Sept. 17, 1949. He worked for General Electric in both Schenectady, NY and Roanoke, VA for 19 years and for American Safety Razor in Verona for 17 years, where he first served as General Manager. He was one of the founding members of a management-led buyout of American Safety Razor that occurred in 1977. Following that buyout, he became Vice President of Operations. After retirement in 1985, Mr. Bonin served for many years as Chairman of the Board of the area’s new hospital, Augusta Medical Center, now Augusta Health. He was also a member of the Board of Directors at Community Bank and at Specialty Blades, now Cadence, Inc., for several years. Mr. Bonin was a devoted Christian and member of Saint Francis Catholic Church. He was an avid golfer and pilot, a die-hard Redskin’s fan, and a true Conservative American Patriot who loved his country. Of greatest importance, he was the kindest and most loving son, husband, father, grandfather, and friend. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 PM on Monday January 21, 2013 at Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Home in Staunton.

A service will be conducted at Saint Francis Catholic Church on Tuesday January 22, 2013 at 1 PM.

Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memory Gardens. Active pallbearers will be Van Anderson, Dick Graham, Bruce Grover, Martin Lightsey, Mike Marrin, and Billy Sowers. Memorial contributions may be made to RID (Remove Intoxicated Drivers), St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Alzheimer’s Association, Wounded Warrior Project, Saint Francis Catholic Church, or a charity of your choice. Family and friends may view the obituary and send condolences on line at www.reynoldshamrickfuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements entrusted to the Staunton Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, January 21, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, January 22, 2013
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Angelika O'Donnell

January 23, 2013

My sincerest condolences. May you cherish the memories that will fill your heart and last forever.

Mary Lou (Thompson) Armentrout (Class of 81)

January 22, 2013

My deepest sympathy to you all. I remember Mr. Bonin being in the stands during Coach Bonin's first year at FDHS, cheering us on. My prayers are with you during this time.

Lisa Bonin Hall

January 22, 2013

Thank you so much for sharing all those terrific photos; Dick's love for his family sure shows through in each and every one of them! Love to the whole family, Lisa Bonin Hall

Jeffrey Bonin

January 22, 2013

I'll never forget the Thanksgivings spent with my grandpa. Throughout the years, he always found a way to make the whole family laugh. His smile will shine in my memories and his love fill my heart forever. I love you grandpa.

Tom Gasparoli

January 21, 2013

To the Bonins, extended family and friends: I concur with all the expressions of deep sadness; Dick was as "alive" as any man I have ever known. And in saying that, I am reminded mostly of the wondrous and happy times I and my sisters and parents were able to spend with Dick, particularly the holiday visits we made a two-family tradition. I hear his laugh now and will always hear it; I see his extraordinary smile: I feel his authenticity, his genuine, wide-eyed interest in anything we did. I simply can't describe his goodness and good cheer - and I know Dick's loved ones feel it these last days even more often...and more strongly. An incredibly warm man; a life incredibly lived. I feel so blessed to have known Dick Bonin and, of course, to know and care for Dodi, Rick, Judy and Sandy, too. My heart reaches for yours at this difficult time. Love always, Tom(my) Gasparoli

January 21, 2013

Coach Bonin-
I have many fond memories of your Dad from our basketball games at FDHS (86-90). He was a supportive fan and had an amazing smile that was infectious. His legacy lives on through the lives he touched. He made the world a better place during his time here. I am thankful to have known him. My deepest sympathy to you and all of your family.
Much love -
Catherine (Kate Harlow) Clark

January 21, 2013

Dear Judy and Family,
Please know that you are in our prayers and sending hugs. Thinking of you during this very hard time.

Danielle & Redheads INC

January 21, 2013

Dear Judy and family,
My thoughts and prayers go out to you in your loss.
God bless all of you,
Rob Killmon

Susan Miller

January 21, 2013

Dearest Judy,
I am so sorry. Please extend to your family my condolences and prayers. I am thinking of you. Susan Miller

Jerry Barger

January 21, 2013

May our Heavenly Father grant you eternal peace in the kingdom of Heaven.