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Walter B. Boname

February 3, 2013

Walter B. Boname

Captain Walter Bruce Boname, 56, of Cape Vincent, died while adventuring on the island of Eleuthera, Bahamas on February 3, 2013.

A man who was surrounded by life, he spent each day living for the world around him. He was happiest out in the woods, out on the boat, or with his family. The wind set his sails towards his goals, and his love for the environment set his standards. He was a truly unique individual full of life. Walter resided on the St. Lawrence River where he was the definition of a true river rat. One of his greatest joys was the hours spent gardening at home; with a garden of the highest caliber, his green thumb will never be forgotten.

Walter was brought into this world, a leap year baby, by his grandfather, Dr. Mat G. Boname, in 1956 in Norwich, NY. He graduated from Oxford Academy in Oxford, NY and attended South Hampton University on Long Island.

He married Audrey L. Block on September 10, 1989 at their home on the St. Lawrence River.

A New York State Licensed Hunting and Fishing guide for 25 years, Walter was an environmental conservationist and enthusiast. His secondary home was the island of Eleuthera, where he was respected and loved as a fisherman and free diver. He was a member of the NYS Guide's Association.

He leaves behind his wife and companion of 36 years, Audrey Boname; two daughters, Julia E. Boname, Rochester and Holly C. Boname, Watertown; his mother and father, Walter C. and Charlotte Boname, Etters, PA; two sisters, Lynda Mathuog and Dr. Mary Boname and two brothers-in-law, Ben Fazio and Derek Mathoug, all of NJ; mother-in-law, Eleanor Block, CT; one aunt, one uncle, three nieces, one nephew, and several cousins. His brother, David, died in infancy.

Walter will be loved and remembered for his adventurous being, compassion, inspiring wisdom, knack at catching a fish even on the worst of days, his navigation skills as a sailor bringing him to many harbors across the eastern seaboard, for loving his family and others unconditionally, and for giving the best hugs in the entire world. Walter’s philosophy was to “Fill your days with life, not your life with days.” He will be greatly missed by many.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, February 14, from 4 - 7PM at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton. The funeral service will be on Friday, February 15, at 11AM at River Community Church, Clayton.

In lieu of flowers the family would like to continue Walter's legacy by having contributions made to ‘Kids to Camp Fund’ a New York State Summer Environmental Education Camp. Donations can be sent to: NYSOGA, Craig Tryon, 2365 Olanco Road, Marietta, NY, 13110. Online condolences to the fmaily may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#35 David Conroe 2014-07-09 11:05
I hadn't seen Walter since our days at Southampton. I found a picture of him the other day that I took on hi old boat "Montauket". Big Wally was a year ahead of me but when I fell in with his group of upper classmen, he quickly swept me into his universe. we had many adventures together including hitchhiking back from Cape Cod and getting stuck overnight on the New London, CT docks. Many trips in the "Saintly Datsun", long conversations and big dreams. I can still hear his voice outside my dorm room window shouting "Potsdam, get out here, you're coming with me on an adventure!" The world is a sadder place without you Walter.
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#34 Bill Marinelli 2013-03-29 08:11
God bless you Walter. There will be no one like you ever. You will remain in my heart and memory forever.
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#33 Bill Marinelli 2013-03-29 08:08
Its taken me a while to get the nerve up to write this. Walter had a profound influance on me. He was the first person I met in the dorm. He he he... I'll never forget his story telling abllity. He told me of the time he worked on a nuclear submarine among others. Who knew what to believe in Walter's stories... He he he... I'll never forget that Datsun 510 he drove through the "Baha" with recklase abandon and glee. Drivers seat tilled all the way back to accomidate his huge frame. his hair hitting the roof. Walter is leaving behind some huge shoes to fill. there it no one in my 55 years that comes close to Walter. His love of nature, good time, family and friends is what I will always remember of him. It is a sad loss.

My prayers and love goes out to his family.

Fill your days with life and not fill your life with days. That about says it all about Walter. He will be missed but in our hearts and minds forever.

God bless
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#32 Lora & Jack Stopper 2013-02-25 15:03
Dear Audrey,
Jack and I wish to send our sincere sympathy to you on the loss of your husband. May the love and support of family and friends help you through a difficult time.
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#31 Shirley Lockerby 2013-02-24 17:49
There are no words. My thoughts have been with you. I'm sure you have a lot of fond memories to embrace.
Tender thoughts of care and concern to you and yours,
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#30 Johnny Dirt-Pile 2013-02-21 03:02
Walter came into my life the very first day of freshman year. The oddest, tribe of 11 young men were thrown together in one dorm suite. Little did we know this was to be an incubator for a brotherhood of men that would forever be connect in mind and spirit for 40 years. But Walter was the one with the most zest for adventure. The lives of so many were enriched because he never lost that adolescent magic. He nurtured and refined it into a way of life that swept you up and carried you away on a ride like no other. He is the only man that could hug you with his smile and whisper with the twinkle in his eye. I did not see him for years but our on going conversations always kept alive the laughter and tears of the paths we took side by side 3000 miles away from one another. The last thing he said to me heading to Eleuthera was," Johnny we HAVE to get together and make some new memories. Life is tethered by such a fine thread". I love you brother Wally. God I miss you!
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#29 Henry Birth 2013-02-20 14:31
I would like to express my deepest respect and sympathy for Audrey, Holly, Julia, Walter’s parents and sisters, Audrey’s mother, brothers and other family. Walter Boname was all of our dear and lifelong friend. His very name meant `good friend’. Walter did not die feebly. He was continuing to pursue his dream of enriching other people’s lives. He was able to sweep people up in his sense of wonderment, of life and nature. A quest for adventure was central to his personality and yet he always had time for his wonderful family. It seems like only yesterday that we stood on the bank’s of the seaway, in the sun, at Walter and Audrey’s wedding. There are some things which I will never get over, and perhaps was not intended to, and this is one of them. Acceptance will come, and yet I will continue to gaze at the evening sky, in wonderment, and share a sense of consciousness with my dear friend Walter. He has left us to continue on without his physical presence in this world, and yet we know and feel that we carry his spirit with us in our lives. Walter always had words of hope and encouragement for myself and others, and I will carry that energy forward throughout life. If I were to invoke a prayer for Walter it would be that he found spirituality not in a place, but everyplace. Every rock, tree, water course, bush and beach- energy in nature. At times flowing fast, other times more placid, now seeming to have rushed by much too quickly. A man of love, and loved. Amen
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#28 Nate Pelton 2013-02-18 02:44
Dear Walter-
We met a couple of times, but I knew you mostly through stories from our good friend Wayne. I think it would be safe to say you had all the fun and adventures of 100 men in this life, and that is something I admire greatly. I am very sorry you had to leave your wife and daughters so soon. I am reminded of a saying I saw once that read, "He wasn't here for a long time, he was here for a good time." And that is the way to be. Rest easy dear friend, of a dear friend. I hope we can know each other better next time around.
-Nate Pelton, North Creek
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#27 william lurcott 2013-02-17 23:27
Walter was a channel, a conduit, for joy, presence, and fun and brought with him always a smile to share with any of us lucky to be around him. I used to fly him to the Bahamas decades ago, and we recently caught back up by phone. Safe travels Walt. I know you'll be able to get to wherever you're going with whatever you've got. Probably will give a few people a lift on your way, too. I'll miss ya.
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#26 Bill Heather Morack 2013-02-17 15:46
Audrey & Family;
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We have so many fond memories. Walter was one of the best and was very special to us. We'll remember him for his heart which was big as Mount St. Helens and a smile that matched....
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