Peter J. Bonnell
Loving Husband, Father, and Papou
Peter J. Bonnell, 90, passed away peacefully on March 17, 2013, at Apple Rehab in Watertown, CT. He was the loving husband of the late Bessie (Tricoukes) Bonnell. Peter was born on Dec. 5, 1922, in Flint, Michigan, son of the late James and Joanna (Charouhis) Bonnell. He was a graduate of Flint Central High School, Flint Junior College, and the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering. After college, he entered the US Navy and rose to the rank of Commander as a bomb disposal officer. He served on the USS Ranger and the USS Salt Lake City. After serving his country in WWII, he began his 35 year career as a chemical engineer with US Rubber /Uniroyal in Detroit and New York before relocating to Middlebury, CT in 1971. He was a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and served in the Naval Reserves for 25 years.
Peter was an active member of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church – serving the offices of president and treasurer of the parish council and a bass in the church choir. He was Waterbury’s Mayor for the Day on Greek Independence Day in 1992. He was also a member and former president of the AHEPA chapter 48. Peter enjoyed singing with the Connecticut Choral Society.
Peter is survived by his children: Joanne Crowell and her husband, John, of Watertown, CT; Nick Bonnell and his wife, Patricia, of Harrisburg, NC; Karyn Cahill and her husband, Dennis, of Durham, NH; his brother John J. Bonnell and his wife, MaryAnn, of Flint, MI and his sister Theodora Stevens of Flint, MI; 10 grandchildren – Jamie (husband Mike), Joanna, James, Brittany, Amanda, Katie, Tori, Devin, Brenna, and Liam; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, Peter was predeceased by his brother Nicholas J. Bonnell.
The family would like to extend its gratitude to the staff at Apple Rehab in Watertown, Dr. Hector Pun and Nancy Chere, APRN, for the wonderful care, therapy, food and friendship they provided for him over the last year. He developed some special friendships with the Apple Rehab staff that enhanced his quality of life.
Military funeral will be held Thursday, 9:00 a.m. from the Chase Parkway Memorial/Albini Funeral Home 430 Chase Parkway Waterbury, CT to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Waterbury, for a Service at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Watertown, CT. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to:
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church 937 Chase Parkway Waterbury, CT 06708