1945 – 2018
Danielson – Richard “Dick” Bonneau, Sr., 72, of North Frontage Rd., died Wednesday, February 28, 2018 in Hartford Hospital. He was the loving husband of Ann (LePire) Bonneau for 52 years. Born in Brunswick, ME, he was the son of the late Clarence and Antonia (Thibealt) Bonneau.
Dick was a graduate of the Harvard H. Ellis Technical High School and studied to be a machinist. He proudly served his country with the United States Air Force, Special Forces, during the Vietnam War, receiving the Purple Heart Award. He worked in the Engineering Department for Foxwoods Resort and Casino. He was a two-time State Commander with the Department of CT AMVETS, National Executive Committeeman, N.E.C., National 1st District Provost and eight-time Commander of Post #45 AMVETS in Danielson, a life member of the Danielson VFW , a life member of the Danielson American Legion, member of the Disabled American Veterans in Enfield, Chapter #52 and a third degree member of the Knights of Columbus in Webster, MA,. Dick created a “Wall of Honor” for M.I.A/P.O.W’s Vietnam Veterans from the State of Connecticut and would display the “Wall” for all the families of these soldiers so the veteran would be honored at parades, conventions and local fairs throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
In addition to his wife Ann, Richard is survived by his son, Richard A. Bonneau, Jr. and his wife Charlene of Thompson; his daughters, Nanette “Nan” (Bonneau) Viens and her husband Mike of Putnam, and Tina Marie Bonneau of Danielson; his brother, Clarence R. Bonneau of Sterling, CT; sister, Denise Fitzsimmons of Norwich, CT; Grandchildren, Joseph R. Bonneau, Christopher B. Viens, Allison M. Bonneau, and Dylan P. Bonneau; best friend, Al Duff and his wife Pat of Danielson; and his beloved service dog, “Taco Bella.” He is predeceased by his sister, the late Lorraine Thibault.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Dick’s family from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 in in the Gilman Funeral Home and Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. in St. James Church, 12 Franklin St., Danielson, CT. Burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, Danielson, CT. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.