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Norman Allen Bonneau

July 13, 1923-October 3, 2015 BRATTLEBORO Norman Allen Bonneau was born in Springfield, MA, the second eldest in a family of 10 siblings. Early in his childhood, his French Canadian parents moved the family to Farnham, Quebec where he was raised and then at the age of 20 married Dorothy Simone Brown. Norman and Dorothy moved to the states, first to Claremont, NH and then Brattleboro in the 50's, where they had dreamed of raising a family and developing businesses. They had three children, and created a home on Putney Road at a time when that stretch of Route 5 was the most scenic entry to Brattleboro, populated with woodlands, farms and horses. Norman's entrepreneurial skill, determination and generosity touched many local lives. He was always prepared to offer a helping hand to those less fortunate. He built the Theater Motor Lodge, which later became the Red Coach Motor Inn, ran the Parkway Drive-in Theater (where many a story of first kisses have been reported!), and built the A&W Root Beer Stand, renowned for roller skating car-hops. Always the automobile enthusiast, he restored and drove several classic cars over the years, including a 1956 Beardmore Taxi, which he imported from London. Norman leaves beloved Dorothy Simone, wife of 72 years; daughter, Patricia Ann Bonneau and husband, Stephan of Belchertown; two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Janis Bonneau of Brattleboro, Marc Bonneau and Stephanie Nichols of Brattleboro; four grandchildren, Nathan, Lotte, Bela, Owen; three great-grandchildren, Grayson, Emery, Briceton; and six sisters: Rita Kamel and Jeannine Guerin of Daytona Beach, FL, Estelle McKay of Landenburg, PA, Nicole Gray of Hampton, NH, Louise Whiting of San Diego, CA, Mireille Maxfield of Burlington, VT. He was predeceased by three brothers: Maurice, Marc Yvon, and Raymond. Norman is dearly missed by his family for his continuous support, love and eternal optimism. "Norman was a man among men." T.Butynski SERVICES: A memorial gathering for friends and family will take place Saturday, October 10th from 2p.m. at: 100 Bear Hill, Brattleboro, VT 05301 Call 603-313-9724 for questions or directions.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Oct. 7, 2015
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