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David L. Bonney

July 16, 2022

David L/ BonneyDavid L. Bonney, 76, Cape Vincent, passed away Saturday, July 16, 2022, at Samaritan Medical Center.

He was born June 18, 1946 in Watertown, son of Lyle G. and Frances (Digoate) Bonney and graduated from Watertown High School in 1964. He married Janet M. Blake on August 17, 1968 and she died February 23, 2004. Dave then married Janyth L. Killam on April 29, 2006 in Watertown.

He started working part time during his high school years in the circulation department of the Watertown Daily Times, leaving there in 1980 after obtaining the position of Assistant Circulation Manager. Dave then was employed by the Hunt-Wesson Grocery Products Co. as a sales representative and trainer for 18 years. He then went to work for Wells Communication, Watertown, retiring in 2010, once again in the sales department. Dave enjoyed to the utmost his part time job as a field representative for Converse Labs, Watertown where he continued his travels in and around the north country.

He was active in civic affairs. He was a former member and past Grand Knight (1970 - 1971) of the Knights of Columbus Council 259 and a life member and past Exalted Ruler (2005 - 2006) of Elks Lodge 496. Dave was a life member and past president of Jefferson County Firefighters Association, a life member and past chief of the Cape Vincent Volunteer Fire Department, and an honorary member of both the Glen Park and Morristown Volunteer Fire Departments. He was a member and founder of the 1000 Islands Hose Haulers Antique Fire Truck Club. Dave was the owner and local authority of antique fire equipment and could be seen in many local parades driving his 1933 Buffalo fire truck.

Dave was an active member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board. He served as a member of the Old Newsboy community and served as chairperson for a number of years.

In 1978 Dave was elected town justice of the town of Pamelia, serving until 1981. During 1980 Judge Bonney closed nearly 4400 cases, making his the busiest justice court in Jefferson County. During his time on the bench, he was called upon to preside over many high profile cases which required a preliminary and other hearings.

Along with his wife, Janyth, Dave is survived by his daughter and her husband Sarah E. and Thomas H. Martilotta, Jr., Cape Vincent; son David M. Bonney, Cape Vincent; "bonus" daughter and her husband Melissa and Richard Harvey, Henderson; grandson Owen Bonney; and several cousins.

A celebration of life for David will be held on Saturday, July 30, beginning at 11:00 AM at the Cape Vincent Fire Hall followed by a luncheon. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown and online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dave's name may be made to the Salvation Army, 723 State St., Watertown, NY 13601 or your favorite charity.


#37 Lee Marshall 2022-07-30 12:17
Dave was in my homeroom the first year I taught at WHS. From then on, whenever our paths crossed, I was "Teach". He attended many retired Troopers meetings as a social time. His good humor will be remembered, as will his dedication to his family and his community and fire departments!
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#36 Mike Hedrick 2022-07-29 22:03
I've known Dave since high school. He was always there with a warm smile and witty quip. His sense of humor endeared him to all he met. The WHS Class of 1964 and the world has lost an amazing man.
My deepest sympathies to Jann and family.
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#35 Maureen OConnor 2022-07-28 12:46
Dave, I am so sorry about your dad. He had a gentle smile, just like you. Thinking of you
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#34 Lynn Kellock 2022-07-24 11:42
I am very sorry at the loss of Dave. It He was a great person and fun to be around. My condolences and prayers are with the family. He will be greatly missed.
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#33 paul fiegl 2022-07-24 07:50
Dear Jan and the Bonney family

My deepest sympathies. God Bless. Paul n Fiegl and Nikki Wilcox
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#32 Sabrina Patterson 2022-07-23 12:30
Sarah and Tommy, so very sorry for your loss! You are in our thoughts and prayers.
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#31 Bonnie cox 2022-07-23 10:58
so sorry for you loss. you are in my prayers.
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#30 Mickey Orvis 2022-07-22 18:28
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family sorry for your loss
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#29 Lucinda Wager-Carney 2022-07-21 22:55
My thoughts and prayers are with you,Dave. I’ve known you since high school. You were the best MC at our reunions. You were a great friend and will be missed by so many. May you be at peace with our Lord always.
Love and prayers, Lucinda
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#28 Brenda Brewer 2022-07-21 21:25
It was my honor snd privilege to hire and work with Dave Bonney at Hunt Wesson Foods. Dave was always a joy to work with and his customers loved him. His sense of humor, strong work ethic and unquestioned integrity made Dave not only a wonderful employee, but also a blessing to everyone who knew him. My condolences to his family and many friends. He will live on in our memories. God bless you Dave and rest in peace.
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