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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.

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  • Sending condolences with love from your parish staff family. Please let us know if there is anything we can do while you journey through this transition.

  • Sending prayers, He surely was one of a kind. Forever in your heart.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. I new Rich from Thurstons several years ago. We had great conversations and laughs together. He was a kind , thoughtful, and sweet soul. Never showed a mean bone in his body. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during your time of grief .

  • I can’t believe this Richard was a child hood friend we actually grow up together in Delaware. He was my neighbor friend. We played baseball basketball and other things to. God bless 🙏 you and your family 🙏❣️.

  • I remember the first time we met in 1994. Over the years we laughed and we also made jokes about each other. I remember the family dog 🐕 lol. He will be missed love you man

  • I am heartbroken. My prayers and sympathies are with all of his loved ones. I am so incredibly sorry for your loss.

  • Nora,
    I was saddened to see Richard’s obituary in the paper today. I am so very sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Jeanne Sage Davis

  • Sending Condolences So Sorry For Your Loss Richard Will Forever be Missed

  • We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Richard’s passing. I coached “Bonz” at Holy Angels Football many years ago. Too young too soon.

  • Nora,

    On behalf of my family and I, we are deeply sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers remain with you, your daughters and family during this time. I love you lady!

  • Dear Nora,
    Dave and I were so sad to hear of your son Richard’s death. We send our hearts and prayers to you and your family during this painful and difficult time. -Terry

  • Sending love and condolences from your subway staff of coconut creek fl. You will truly be missed.