John J. Bonner - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

John J. Bonner

Born May 10, 1922

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.


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  • I have so many fond and happy memories of John and our time with Aetna. I will always remember him helping me out in a pinch when my car broke down and our son was an infant (over 30 years ago…). Rest in peace my dear, dear friend. Say hello to Hazelton for me!!

  • John Bonner will forever be remembered as a “character” in the history of Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Company. Although he was always a straight shooter who spoke his mind, he always spoke from the heart. He contributed to the department in any way he could, serving in a variety of positions. One of his lasting marks with Aetna was made when he became the driving force behind establishing the annual Aetna Family Picnic a number of years ago – it has been extremely popular and grown every year – thanks John for thinking of not only the members, but the families that support them. You will not be forgotten.

  • Dear John ,MaryAnne, Cody and Kelly and family Bonner,

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you during this time

    Dottie and Glenn

  • I’m sorry to hear of your loss and wanted to share the bibles hope of a resurrection at John5:28,29 at a time when there will be no sickness pain or death anymore right here on earth under gods kingdom according to Rev 21:3,4. Please read these scriptures and may the God of comfort give you comfort in this time of bereavement

  • God speed, dear brother,

  • Bonner was the best . ..!Say hello to Michell . ..