Richard Joseph Bonaparte

May 1, 1947March 7, 2013

Richard Joseph Bonaparte 65 – Iona

It is with broken hearts that we announce the death of Richard Joseph Bonaparte, 65, of Iona. Richard passed away peacefully Thursday, March 7, 2013 surrounded by his loving family at the Victoria County Memorial Hospital in Baddeck after a short but courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Sydney, he was the son of the late Roddie Bonaparte and Daphne (Bonaparte) Northen.

Richard worked for the Department of Transportation for 25 years. He was an avid sports enthusiast. He was a coach and player of local softball teams. Richard was also a big Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers fan which caused a few rivalries with some of his nieces and nephews. He has a great passion for genealogy. He also had an ear and a great talent for music which he loved to share with family and friends over the years. Richard also loved watching nature from his living room window.

He is survived by Josie, his loving and devoted wife of 36 years. He will be dearly missed by his children, who were his pride and joy; son Warren (Ashley), Halifax; daughter Ashley Faye, at home. Richard is also survived by his siblings; Trevor (Lorraine), Stevie, Carol, Phillip (Darlene), Ellen, Mary (George), Cathy (Dave), Rod (Pat), Anthony, Danny, John (Lily), Jeannie (Steve), Patty (Dwight), and stepsisters Anne and Joan (Eric). He leaves to mourn his many nieces and nephews who will miss him dearly. Also, his only godchild Dakota Richard Johnson and his special little friend Isabelle.

Richard was predeceased by his infant son Roderick Matthew, sister Peggy and stepfather Cosmas.

Visitation for Mr. Bonaparte will take place Sunday, March 10 from 2-9 pm and Monday from 12 – 2 pm at St. Columba Parish Center. The celebration of his life will be held Monday, March 11 at 3 pm at St. Columba Church, Iona with Rev. Paul J. Abbass officiating. Burial in the parish cemetery, Iona.

Donations may be made to Talbot House 1777 Frenchvale Road, Frenchvale, NS B2A 4E2. Online condolences to

‘Courage isn’t having the strength to go on, it is going on when you don’t have strength.’ Napoleon Bonaparte


  • Visitation Sunday, March 10, 2013
  • Visitation Monday, March 11, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, March 11, 2013

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Daniel Burns

March 11, 2013

Chuck & Shannon Linney

March 10, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss Josie, Warren and Ashley.

March 10, 2013


Helena Mac Neil

March 9, 2013

With sincere condolences to Josie and family..and to the Bonaparte family for your loss you all are in our thoughts and prayers....Love Michael Helena Alyssa and Katie........

Louise Whalen

March 9, 2013

It is with great sadness that I read of Richard's passing. The family are in my thoughts and Prayers.

Louise (Mac Dougall) Whalen

Colin & Wendy Mac Neil

March 9, 2013

Josie, Warren, Ashley and family,our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.

March 9, 2013

Josie, we are so very sad to hear of Richie's illness and passing. You are such wonderful neighbors to us in Iona. We will very much feel the loss of Richie. We wish we could be there to help you during this difficult time.
Larry and Marg Veinott Canton, NY.

Lynn Chisholm

March 9, 2013

So sorry to hear of your loss. Richard was a great person and he loved his music. We will keep you in our prayers.

Cyril & Lynn Chisholm ( Port Hood).

Pat Burke

March 9, 2013

Requiescat in pace, Richard. My sincere condolences to the family and friends.

Dianne Warren

March 9, 2013

Prayers and condolences to all of his family, I know you will miss him greatly.