Richard Armand Bonsall
Richard Armand Bonsall passed away on Sunday March 6, 2022 in Newark, Delaware.
Richard was born in 1983 during the tricentennial anniversary year marking the first Richard Bonsall (1641-1699) who came to America from Derbyshire, England, and he was his last male descendant. He was the son of the late Grover S. Bonsall Jr. (1946-2015) and Nora (Gibison) Bonsall. His grandfather Grover (Pete) Bonsall (1922-1995) had a dairy farm in Oxford PA, and he later retired to a small farm in Bedford PA. His great grandfather Frank Sr. (1889-1967) had a farm on Silverside Road, Wilmington DE, which was located where Bonsall Park now stands. Richard was kindhearted, compassionate, and protective of family. He was pleased to follow the example of his grandfather George P. Gibison Jr. (1928-2019) and great grandfather George Sr. (1891-1974) as a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Richard attended Holy Angels ES, St. Mark’s HS, and Glasgow HS. He bartended locally until moving to Florida for a short time. We were fortunate to have him home these last five years. In addition to his father, Richard was predeceased by his grandparents Nancy (McSwain) and Grover S. Bonsall Sr., and Helen (Greegs) and George P. Gibison Jr.; his aunt N. Lynette Lane; his uncles Dale, John, and Ted; his cousin Paul E. Blevins; and his canine companions Lady and Sierra.
Richard is survived by his mother; his sisters Amber and Kathryn, and Nancy Ratkiewicz (Kevin) with whom he lived; his aunts Cynthia, Helen, Marci, and great aunt Teresa (Gallagher) Greegs; his uncles Gary, George, and Jerry; and a host of cousins.
Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Richard’s memory to the Ronald McDonald House Charities Inc. (RMHC) to support displaced ill and injured children and their families impacted by the crisis in Ukraine. By mail to Ronald McDonald House Charities Inc., 26345 Network Place, Chicago IL 60673-1263, or online here.