OBITUARY

Robert Joseph Bonola

August 2, 1937February 8, 2019
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Robert “Bob” J. Bonola, 81, of Plainville, loving husband for 52 years of Grace (Maietta) Bonola, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 8, 2019, surrounded by his loving family at the Hospital of Central Connecticut “NBGH” after a long illness. Bob was born in New Britain on August 2, 1937 and was the son of the late Joseph P. Bonola and Ersilia (Salvio) Bonola. Born and raised in New Britain, Bob was a graduate of New Britain High School, class of 1955 and was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in Bremerhaven, Germany during the “Cold War”. Bob was employed by what was originally known as Hartford National Bank, then becoming Connecticut National Bank, and eventually retiring from Fleet Shawmut Bank after 35 years of dedicated service. Bob was an avid photographer in the old days of film, going so far as to having his own dark room and developing his own photos, as well as being a prior member of the Plainville Photography Club. Bob was also a board member of the Plainville Zoning Board of Appeals and a member of the Mercedes Benz Club of America. One of Bob’s favorite activities was fishing in the Old Saybrook area for snapper blues while spending summers in Old Lyme and fly fishing the Salmon River. Besides his beloved wife Grace, Bob is survived by his son, David R. Bonola and his wife Dina of Southington and his two grandsons, the apples of his eye, Christian and Julian. He also leaves his sister, Marlene Ouelette and her husband Joe of Methuen, MA, his brother, Joseph M. Bonola of Vernon, as well as his niece, Michelle Ouellette and her boyfriend Kevin Boudreau, nephew John Ouellette and Kimberly Eng of NY and their son Alex and his sister-in-law, Maria Poole. He also leaves many extended family members and dear friends, especially the coffee club gang of Bill, Ray and Sebby. Bob’s family would especially like to thank Dr. David Roy, Dr. Mark Versland, Dr. Vipra Sharma and her staff for their tireless efforts. In addition, a special thank you to the staff of C5 at NBGH for the special care and compassion shown to Bob over the difficult course of his illness. The funeral will leave at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, (February 13th) from the D’Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 94 Broad Street, Plainville followed by burial at St. Mary Cemetery, New Britain. (Anyone that would like to go directly to the church the morning of the service is welcome to do so.) The family will receive relatives and friends on Tuesday, from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral chapel. Donations in Bob’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 825 Brook St., I-91 Tech Center, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. To share a memory of Bob with his family, please visit www.desopofuneralchapel.com.

Services

  • Calling Hours Tuesday, February 12, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, February 13, 2019
  • Burial Wednesday, February 13, 2019
REMEMBERING

Robert Joseph Bonola

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Ann Micacci Flynn

February 12, 2019

Grace,

I'm so sorry to hear about Bob. I was blessed to have met him at Southington Care when visiting my mom and Maria. He was always so positive and funny. My daughter, Gabby, loved him too. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Remember and cherish all of the good times.

Love,

Ann Micacci Flynn, Mike Flynn, Jacob, Gabriella and John Flynn

Karen Micacci

February 11, 2019

Dear Grace and Family,

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family as you grieve the loss of your beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. Although we only had a chance to know Bob for a short time it was clear his passion for life and love for his family were his top priorities. We hope the wonderful memories will help you find comfort during this difficult time.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Karen (Micacci) and Rich Langan

Michelle Balzano

February 11, 2019

David

My condolences to you and your family. I am sorry to hear about the loss of you father and if you need anything please know I am here for you.

Michelle Balzano

Linda Micacci

February 10, 2019

Grace and family,

I am so sorry to hear about Bob. I was so happy to meet him at Southington Care when visiting my mom and Maria. He was so vibrant, positive and had a great sense of humor. He used to make my night when visiting. His stories were so interesting. We know what you and your family are going through so please reach out if you need anything. Bob will be missed. Take care.

Love,

Linda Micacci

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