John J. Bonner
“Fire Cop 8-9”
May 10, 1922 – January 4, 2017
John J. Bonner, age 94, of Hockessin, DE, and formerly of Newark, DE, passed away on peacefully on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 with his loving daughter, Cindy holding his hand and loved ones close by.
John was born in Hazleton, PA on May 10, 1922, and was the son of the late Thomas V. and Asunta (Rossi) Bonner. He made his career as a professional truck driver with M&G Convoy, Inc.
Active in his community, John was a dedicated member of the Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Volunteer Fire Company for over 50 years. He served with the Delaware Fire Police Association for 20 years, retiring as Fire Police Emeritus. In addition, he served as Assistant Chief, Chief Engineer and Director. John was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend to many. He will truly be missed.
In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his wife, Pearl (Rizzuto) Bonner; daughter, Carole; brothers, Gerald, Bernard and Patrick Bonner; and sisters, Dolores Harvilla and Mildred B. Steibing. He is survived by the love of his life, Joan Smagala; his children, John Scott (Mary Anne) of Wilmington, Cynthia Sooy (Jimmy) of Newark and Nancy Long of Wilmington; sisters, Monica R. Bonner of PA and Mary A. Bonner of NY; grandchildren, Stephen Krouse and Cody and Kelly Bonners; many nieces and nephews and grand and great grand nieces and nephews; and his faithful canine companion, Princess.
A memorial service will be held at 1 pm on Friday afternoon, January 20, 2017 at the Aetena Hose, Hook and Ladder Company, 400 Ogletown Road, Newark, DE 19711.
Flowers are welcomed or contributions may be made to the Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Company, P.O. Box 148, Newark, DE 19715 or the Delaware Puppy Rescue, P.O. Box 4, Hockessin, DE 19707.