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Richard L. Bonnell

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Richard Lee Bonnell of Orleans died in his home overlooking Rock Harbor on July 4, 2013. He and his family had just gathered in April to celebrate his 100th birthday. His wife Sylvia, who died in April of last year, two months short of their 75th wedding anniversary, predeceased him. Dick was born in Sharon and grew up in Canton, MA. As a young man he worked for his father's company on Wormwood Street in Boston before marrying in 1937. He served in World War II as a medical technician in Alaska after which he moved his young family to Orleans to live with his father, Harry C. Bonnell, in the family's summer home at Rock Harbor. Having worked for Prudential Insurance Company in Hyannis for over thirty years, after his retirement he established a livery service to Boston that he continued operating into his eighties. He had an innate sense of curiosity and a life-long love of learning. He was an avid reader, amateur painter, licensed pilot, owner of horses, and a world-traveler, again into his eighties, traveling around the globe several times. Able to continue living in his own home, he spent the last day of his life in his rocking chair on his porch saluting a parade of his grandchildren and great grandchildren cutting through the yard on their way to the beach. Dick is survived by his three daughters: Stephanie Perrin and her partner Jessie Shefrin of Orleans; Sheila Bonnell and her husband Moncrieff Cochran of Orleans; and Martha Sheldon and her husband Brian Harrington of Plymouth. He is survived by five grandchildren, Jonathan Blake of Sandwich; Jesse Perrin of Boston; Justine Hand of Newton and Orleans; and Jack and Oskar Sheldon of Seattle WA. He is also survived by five great grandchildren, Christopher Blake of San Diego, CA; Ryan and Taylor Blake of Sandwich; and Oliver and Solvi Updyke of Newton and Orleans. He also leaves a nephew, Richard Young, of Harwich. Burial will be private. A memorial service will be held in Orleans at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the National Organization of Women (NOW) at www.now.org, of which Dick was a member for over 30 years. For online condolences and further information please contact Nickerson Funeral Home, 77 Eldredge Parkway, Orleans, MA at www.nickersonfunerals.com.

Published in The Cape Codder from July 12 to July 19, 2013
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