Stephen Nicholas Bonini, 68, of West Haven, CT. Surrendered his spirit to the heavens on the dawn of October 10, 2020. Stephen was born on September 16, 1952 in New Haven, CT.
He was the son of the late Nicholas and Julia (Sokol) Bonini. Stephen was predeceased by his beloved wife, Marcia A. (Hart) Bonini. The greatest joy is knowing they are now joined hand and hand in their eternal bodies to forever walk in God’s garden. He was the loving father to Christopher S. Bonini of West Haven, CT; Marie (Joshua) Urbano of East Haven, CT. and Stephen H. Bonini of West Haven, CT. Proud grandfather of Christopher Bonini of Stratford CT; Gavin, Alexander and Marissa Urbano all of East Haven, CT and Gia Bonini of Milford, CT. He is also survived by his sister Susan (Richard) Piche of Eustis, FL with whom Stephen spent his last few years with. He has many nieces and nephews, near and far. Stephen has many devoted lifelong friends. In Stephen’s lifetime he worked at Marlin Firearms and at Laydon Construction. Stephen loved the outdoors; he was an avid hunter and fisherman. He took pride in knowing that he passed down his skills to his sons, grandsons, nephews and to anyone else willing to learn. Stephen will be forever known for his quick wit, his infectious laugh and for his love of music and dancing. All services will be private.
In lieu of flowers, please plant a tree in his honor or send donations to the American Heart Association. He believed in giving back to the Earth from which we all come and shall return. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgement. Hebrews 9:27
Cecil John Minor, 91 years of age, died October 10, 2020 in the care of all the Minor children and Beverly Minor during Cecil’s long illness. He died peacefully in a foster home for veterans in Port Saint Lucie, Florida with all immediate and loving family members around him.
Cecil was born in Brockway, Pennsylvania on the twelfth of August in 1929 to Martha and Wendell Minor. He is predeceased by his parents who died tragically in traffic in this northwest area of Pennsylvania in 1964. He is also predeceased by his brother Wendell L. Minor and Wendell’s wife, Phyllis Lankenou Minor.
Cecil attended Brockway High School and graduated summa cum laude in 1947 and was the class valedictorian at the ceremonies. He was on the football and basketball teams and painted houses to earn money for college.
He went on to Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) on academic scholarship in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He matriculated with honors, having earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. While in college, Cecil joined ROTC. He was also a champion ping pong player, a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity and of Chi Epsilon, an engineering honor society.
Immediately after graduating, he served as Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Camp Gordon, Georgia. After serving the required two years in the Signal Corps, he returned to Carnegie Tech and attained a Master’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.
He spent most of his career with General Electric in Sales Engineering Management, working with turbines, large motor, generators and locomotives. In the grooming process, he and his family moved to several locations, i.e. Cleveland, Ohio, Schenectady, New York, Cincinnati, Ohio, Columbus, Ohio, Boston, Massachusetts, Erie, Pennsylvania and Trumbull, Connecticut. He retired in his early 80’s. Cecil also worked for other organizations, including Dorr-Oliver in Stamford, Connecticut, where he traveled internationally to places such as India, Britain, Spain and Africa as the United States Director of Sales and Marketing.
In his later years, Cecil developed a passion for spiritual pursuits and cherishing peaceful relationships with humanity, planet earth and the universe. Cecil was very caring, generous and philanthropic, lending aid and financial resources to many fellow human beings in need. He loved people from all walks of life and was genuinely interested in everyone he met, making each person feel special and unique. He helped Beverly raise all of his children to achieve their “excitement” with hard work, determination and persistence. His favorite quotes were “Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” by Calvin Coolidge and “Love is the most powerful force in the universe.” – Mahatma Ghandi
Mr. Minor leaves his son, Gary John Minor of Atlanta, Georgia and Gary’s wife Denise, his three daughters, Betsy Ann Sloan of West Haven, Connecticut, Gail Linda Minor of Ridgway, Pennsylvania and Gay Leslie Minor of Port Saint Lucie, Florida. Gary is Vice President of Building Development for a major corporation. Betsy is a Fine Arts Historian and Artist. Gail is a Chemical Engineer and Leslie is a pilot for Bombardier Challenger jets.
Family and friends will hold a private memorial service at the home of Gail Minor at 1631 Bear Creek Rd., Ridgway, Pennsylvania 15853. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Brain Foundation at americanbrainfoundation.org directed towards either “Alzheimer’s/Dementia Research”, “Traumatic Brain Injury/Concussion”, “Stroke Research” or donor’s choice.