Brian Bonner

September 13, 1941June 9, 2019

Brian Bonner, age 77, of Dearborn Heights, Michigan passed away on Sunday June 9, 2019. Brian was born September 13, 1941 in Lackawanna, New York to Mary and Bernard Bonner.

Brian is survived by his wife, Una Bonner; sons Brian (Stephanie) Bonner, Kevin (Amy) Bonner, Fr. Sean Bonner; and daughter Mary Kate (André) Bonner; brother Charlie Bonner and sister Mary Gramaglia; grandchildren Brendon, Olivia, Liam, Patrick, Daniel, Marybeth, Zander, Callie, and Griffin; and great grandchild Oliver.

Brian was preceded in death by; father Bernard Bonner and mother Mary Bonner; sister Cecilia Bonner.

A visitation for Brian will be held Thursday, June 13, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Harry J Will Funeral Homes, 34567 Michigan Avenue, Wayne, Michigan 48184 with a blue gavel service at 6:00 PM and a scripture service at 7:00 PM. A funeral in state will occur Friday, June 14, 2019 at 10:30 AM at St Mary Catholic Church, 34530 Michigan Ave, Wayne, Michigan 48184 with funeral mass at 11:00 AM

Contributions in Brian's memory may be made to St Patrick Senior Center, 58 Parsons St, Detroit, Michigan; and Irish Pallottine Fathers, 424 Orange St, Wyandotte, Michigan.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Bonner family.


  • Bernard Bonner, Father
  • Mary Bonner, Mother
  • Una Bonner, Wife
  • Brian Bonner, Son
  • Kevin Bonner, Son
  • Sean Bonner, Son
  • Mary Kate Bonner, Daughter
  • Charlie Bonner, Brother
  • Mary Gramaglia, Sister
  • Cecilia Bonner, Sister
  • Grandchildren Brendon, Olivia, Liam, Patrick, Daniel, Marybeth, Zander, Callie, and Griffin. Great Grandchild Oliver.

  • St Patrick Senior Center
  • Irish Pallottine Fathers


  • Visitation Thursday, June 13, 2019
  • Blue Gavel Service Thursday, June 13, 2019
  • Scripture Service Thursday, June 13, 2019
  • Funeral In State Friday, June 14, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, June 14, 2019


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Laurie Logan

June 15, 2019

So many fond memories from Friday night Ceili dancing with Brian and the rest of the gang providing the music. Heartfelt condolences to Una and the rest of the Bonner family, he was a kind and wonderful man.

Lyle and Vickey Thompson

June 14, 2019

Thank you Brian for the time and music you shared. Peace to Una and family. "Brian, play any old reel".

Debbie & Larry Freeman

June 13, 2019

Because of Brian, and his music and songs I cherish; I have shared and taught hundreds to Ceili dance and step dance. But not that alone, has he effected my life through. He is the ideal role model of a good man, father, grandfather and friend. I will miss him dearly.

Carmel Shackson

June 13, 2019

It was at an Irish Festival in Cape Coral, Fl. in March that I last saw Brian....there he was in the tent playing those great Irish tunes on his Accordian, Una by his side. Shortly after that he was to start his long journey back to Michigan with all his treasured equipment on board....Brian you will be greatly missed here in Cape for me,I wont hear "Pretty Little Girl From Omagh" until the next time...
Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord...

Dorothy Watts

June 13, 2019

My condolences to Una and family. I was very saddened to hear of Brian's passing. I have been to many gatherings through the CCIA Club in Cape Coral where Brian played. You could tell he loved to play and I greatly enjoyed listening to him. He will be deeply missed.

Meg Love

June 12, 2019

I was introduced to Brian Bonner through a close family friend Kitty Heinzman. When I got married in 1996, I wanted an Irish dance and music party. Kitty organized the Ceili fest and Brian attended my wedding and played the accordion for everyone to dance to. I was so happy to dance the Irish Waltz, The Seige of Ennis, and all the other beautiful dances that his music played on the accordion. It was one of the best parts of my wedding, because on my first trip to Ireland in 1972, my dad bought me a button accordion. I just loved the sound that came from it. From then on, I took accordion lessons and acquired 2 piano accordions that I still have today.! Although I do not have the skills that Brian had, I will always remember his beautiful music and the wonderful sounds of his accordion! He was a great historic, dedicated Irish Musician.
Blessings to you and your family,
Margaret (Brennan) Love

John O'Connor

June 12, 2019

Knew Brian Well . we used to ride together to Univ of Buffalo night school. and saw him often at Irish events where he played the accordion and I played the Bagpipes ( belonged to Caledonian Pipes and Drums) I was sorry to learn of Brian's death . Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time. May he Rest in Peace.
John and Liz O'Connor

Ann-Marie Anderson

June 12, 2019

Dear Kevin & Amy, I was so very sad to learn of Kevin's father's passing. Clearly, Kevin's Dad was a wonderful role model, family man, insoiration and standard bearer and lover of all things Irish and Michigan. All our thoughts and prayers are with you both, your Mom, siblings and children. Bless you.

Mary and Jeff Masters

June 11, 2019

Jeff and I never met Brian but we feel we knew him because of all he passed on to his son Kevin who learned to love the Lord, his wife and his children, music, and learning from him.
Peace be with your family.
Mary snd Jeff Masters

Dennis Hayes

June 11, 2019

News, sad news, reached Rosita and I via FB of the loss of Brian.

Our thoughts are certainly with Una and the family in this difficult time.

To me, Brian was the quintessence of a gentleman. Quiet, kind, supportive, generous with his talent, time, and treasure, a Catholic of the first order, and a friend to all.

His is a great loss to the Detroit Irish community. He will be sorely missed by too many to count.

We shall miss his smile, his music, his friendship, and goodness as a human being.

As believers we are buoyed by the certain knowledge that he is now part of the celestial ceili band above.

I am sure a few Donegal tunes are being played as I write.

Rest easy, Brian.