SAUGUS - Mr. Donald J. Bonita, age 85, died on Wednesday, May 8th after a lengthy illness at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital in Melrose. He is survived by his loving wife Elinore (Stanley) Bonita with whom he shared 35 years of marriage. She was also his devoted caretaker for the past 3 years.
Born in Pittston, PA, he was the son of the late Samuel and Della (Salus) Bonita. He was a Korean War U.S. Navy veteran and he worked as a rail inspector for the MBTA. Mr. Bonita was a life member of the Arthur F. DeFranzo Post 2346 in Saugus. He was an avid golfer and most of all loved spending time with his family.
In addition to his wife, he leaves seven children, Richard DeSito and his wife Sharon of NH, John Phelan of NH, Scott Phelan and his wife Tricia of Saugus, Karen Phelan of NH, Janet Jones of FL, Elaine Tilley and her husband Robert of FL, Debbie Kelly and her husband Danny of Saugus; two sisters, Mary Rose Davis of NH, Kay Ciampi of Revere. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by one son, Jerry DeSito.
Donations in Donald’s memory may be made to the Saugus Veteran Relief Fund, c/o Veteran Services Office, 298 Central St., Saugus, MA 01906.
Services were private at the request of the family. Arrangements by Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, SAUGUS.
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