Stanley P. Bonk of Westerly passed away at The Westerly Hospital on December 3, 2017 at the age of 92, leaving his wife Ginnie after 32 years of being together and 20 years of marriage. He was born on August 4, 1925 in Hartford, CT to Frank and Bertha (Malz) Bonk who have predeceased him. He lived in Killingworth and Rocky Hill Connecticut before retiring to Westerly.
Stanley was a Radar Technician in the Navy during WWII and served on an LST during the Korean War. He earned a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Yale University. He worked for Sikorski Aircraft as an instructor teaching helicopter electronics to the engineers for 25 years. After retiring from Sikorski Aircraft, Stanley worked at Industrial Safety Supply, in the family business along with his brothers.
Stanley enjoyed the beach, visiting with family, clamming, berry picking & jam making. And did he love to feed the birds, from chickadees to swans. He loved the outdoors, and was shoveling snow right up through last winter. After his retirement he volunteered at the Adult Day Care Center, and then delivered Meals on Wheels for seven years. He cared about others, was a friend of Bill W.’s, and was always willing to lend a hand where needed. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.
In addition to his wife Virginia, he leaves his brother, Henry Bonk (wife Mae Bonk, deceased) of West Hartford. Stanley was predeceased by his first wife Phyllis Carroll (Killingworth), brothers and sisters-in-law - Pete and Catherine Bonk of Rocky Hill, CT, John and Bertha Bonk of Windsor, CT, Thaddeus (Ted) Bonk of Nevada and Mildred Bonk (East Hartford, CT). Stanley leaves many nieces and nephews who will miss his love of life, and love of family. He also will be greatly missed by his wife Ginnie’s family: Julie Dugas and her husband Walter, William Lyman and his wife, Elena, and their children and grandchildren. He had a special relationship with them as a ‘stepfather’ and as a caring family member.
Calling hours are on Sunday, December 10, 2017 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Buckler-Johnston Funeral Home, 121 Main Street, Westerly, RI. A funeral service is scheduled for Monday, December 11, 2017 at 10 a.m. at St. Clare Church, Crandall Avenue, Misquamicut, R.I. Interment will take place on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 11 a.m. in Mt. Saint Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield, CT.
In lieu of flowers, you may send donations to St. Clare Church, 4 Saint Clare Way, Westerly, RI 02891. For online condolences, please visit www.buckler-johnston.com.