Arthur Bonagura

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Born in Brooklyn, NY on November 24, 1943

Departed on October 8, 2020 and resided in White Plains, NY

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Arthur J. Bonagura, known to many for his passion for volunteerism and community service, passed
away at age 76 on October 8, 2020, following a brief illness.

Art was born to Arthur and Kate (Lazzara) Bonagura in Brooklyn, New York. After graduating from New
Utrecht High School, Art served in the Army National Guard, and later graduated from the College of
Staten Island. He enjoyed a long career in information technology and contingency planning with
Guardian Life Insurance and New York Life Insurance companies.

A White Plains resident since 1992, Art was a member of the St. Bartholomew’s church congregation for
more than 20 years. During that time, he served on the vestry and as a Warden of the church, as well as
on the board of Episcopal Charities for the New York Diocese. For many years, Art managed the soup
kitchen at St. Bartholomew’s, coordinating volunteers in preparing and serving Sunday dinner every
week to neighbors in need. Following the 9/11 attacks, Art assisted with food service activities for
Ground Zero responders. He was also a dedicated Red Cross volunteer in Westchester for many years.
Art loved travel and was blessed to have visited numerous countries, as well as much of the United
States. He loved music of all kinds, especially rock and opera, and he enjoyed a life-long fascination with
cars. Art’s greatest joy was spending time together with his children and grandchildren.

Art’s memory will be cherished and kept alive by his loving wife Nancy Bonagura; children Stephanie
(Robert) Friedman and Michael (Patricia) Bonagura; step-children Kimberly Vollweiler and Jesse
Helfman; grandchildren Blake Friedman, Joseph Bonagura, Kaitlyn Vollweiler, Kurt Vollweiler, and
William Vollweiler; former wife Rosemarie Bonagura; sister Anne (Salvatore) Palazzo; and his devoted
nieces and nephews. Art’s beloved dog Bonny will miss him terribly.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial gifts be made to the St. Bartholomew’s Church Soup
Kitchen or the American Red Cross.

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Guestbook Entries

  1. Rick and Nancy Stein October 11, 2020 at 9:18 am - Reply

    It was a pleasure volunteering with Art at both the Red Cross and WesCart. We will miss him.

  2. Stuart Betheil October 11, 2020 at 10:01 am - Reply

    Art will always be remembered as a kind, energetic and thoughtful volunteer. He will be missed.

  3. Maritza Espinoza October 11, 2020 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    Art was all about helping others. He had a heart of gold. He will be missed by his Red Cross family. My condolences to the family.

  4. Nanci Banninger October 11, 2020 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    Art was a great person and Red Cross volunteer. He was always willing to help others. Red Cross lost an amazing volunteer, friend and member of the family. My condolences.

  5. Kathie Cayton October 11, 2020 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    Art was an amazing Volunteer. I learned a great deal from him and he will be missed. Thank you for sharing Art with us in Res Cross!

  6. Mary Davis October 11, 2020 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    Art always had a big smile and a kind word to share. He was insightful, intelligent and quick to share his talents. The Red Cross family will miss him. My condolences to his friends and family.

  7. Cedric Davoren October 11, 2020 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    Art was a great person and red cross volunteer he will be missed a lot. My condolences to the family.

  8. Mark Palazzo October 11, 2020 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    Love you

  9. richard eng October 11, 2020 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    Art was more than jsut a co-worker. We developed a good friendship in the short time I have known him. We shared many a laugh and similar points of views. Art was always willing to help anyone in need as demonstrated through his volunteerism with the Red Cross as well as soup kitchens and the OEM. I will miss my friend dearly.

  10. Larry Krantz October 11, 2020 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    Art was a terrific co-volunteer and friend at the Red Cross. He was always a willing, able and talented Member of the team and made himself available at all hours of the day and night. I am saddened by his untimely passing and send my sincere condolences to his wife Nancy and their family.

  11. John Cascone October 11, 2020 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    Art was a great person and contributed so much to the community; including giving his time to support the Red Cross. He will be missed. Our thoughts an prayers go out to his family.

  12. Felicia Fried October 11, 2020 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    Art was an amazing person and caring Volunteer for the Red Cross and for the White Plains men’s homeless shelter where he fed thousands of people via the soup kitchen. Art wore many hats in his life and he did so with such poise and dedication. My prayers go out to his wife Nancy and their family during this difficult time. He will always be remembered and missed by all the lives he has touched, including mine.

  13. Tracy Holiday October 11, 2020 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    Art was a wonderful person and a great Volunteer. The Red Cross Logistics division is privileged to have known him. Rest in Peace Art.

  14. Andrew Sindell October 12, 2020 at 10:32 am - Reply

    Art was an amazing member of the American Red Cross Logistics and GLO team for many years and was a beloved team member. He also was so active with the WESTCART/MRC program in Westchester County. I will miss Art’s warm personality and cheerful smile everytime I saw him. The Red Cross family so so saddened today to hear about Art’s passing….rest in peace.

  15. Louis Lambros October 12, 2020 at 10:52 am - Reply

    Art was a caring and giving soul. Not only with the Red Cross, but everything in general. He always made you laugh and smile regardless of the situation. May he rest in peace.🙏

  16. Tymera October 12, 2020 at 11:37 am - Reply

    My condolences and prayers to Art’s family! I worked as a volunteer with Art at the Red Cross office in Hawthorne, NY. I last co-participated with Art at the National Night Out event in White Plains, NY in 2017. I have a wonderful picture of the two of us sitting at the Red Cross table. He was a kind man with a great smile! May you find comfort in the words as found in Revelation 21:4.

  17. Alec Cecil October 12, 2020 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    It was always comforting to see Art at a response or Red Cross event. He had a way of helping others to feel better just by being himself. He such a caring and humble man. I am one of so many who will miss him greatly.

  18. Stephanie Dunn Ashley October 12, 2020 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    The Metro New York North Chapter of the American Red Cross extends our deepest sympathies to Art’s family during this difficult time. Art was a dedicated and trusted volunteer and will be missed by all who knew him. May he rest in Peace.

  19. Rosalie and Joe Bracco October 12, 2020 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear of Arthur’s passing. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family. I am sure he will be greatly missed.

  20. Peter & Susan Katz October 12, 2020 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    Peter and I will always treasure our friendship and all the good times together whether watching and judging movies, BBQ’s, or just hanging out talking about everything from politics to beer and Stew Leonard’s. Art will always hold a special place in our hearts. 💕💕💕💕. Here’s to you old friend! 🍺

  21. Liz Clark October 13, 2020 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
    Art through his volunteer efforts whether it was for a soup kitchen or the American Red Cross, he did so with a giving and compassionate heart. My condolences to his family and friends. May he rest in peace.

  22. Mark and Cressida October 13, 2020 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    Our deepest condolences to Art’s family and friends. He was a wonderful, caring neighbor. We will miss him.

  23. Jamon Bollock October 14, 2020 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    I first met Art a few days before my wedding to his nephew, Adam Palazzo. He was warm and generous from the very beginning. Over our wedding weekend, Art and Nancy became family, and I think of them as my uncle and aunt too. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to spend more time getting to know Art during Sal’s 80th birthday weekend, and I looked forward to spending more time with Art and Nancy in the future. Distance and time got in the way, sadly, and I regret not spending more time with him. He was truly a wonderful, good-hearted person. I hope Adam was there to welcome him into heaven.
    Here is a photo of my favorite memory with Art and Adam. They’re both so happy here, and I miss them both very much.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/adpal80/37126417644/

  24. Joy Bergins October 14, 2020 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    Art will be truly missed! His wonderful sense of humor and insightful thoughts will never be forgotten. I will miss his emails-they always made me laugh and think! It was easy to feel his sincerity and kindness in all he said and did.

  25. Marsha Abelson October 14, 2020 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    Art was a kind, caring man who will be missed by everyone who knew him. We spent some wonderful evenings with him and enjoyed sharing his love of music, especially opera. He touched many lives and gave of himself to those who needed help. Art will be never be forgotten by his loving, devoted wife Nancy, and all his family and many friends.

  26. Raymond F. Huth October 15, 2020 at 7:11 am - Reply

    Art will be missed very much. he was a caring person. He and I have worked together in many American Red Cross events. Thank you for your service………….

  27. MARY LOU MAGNOTTA October 16, 2020 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    Marylou Magnotta I was a health aide, to ART,S 103 YEAR OLD NEIGHBOR HELEN SCHMIDT, HE WAS ALWAYS THERE FOR HELEN DAY AND NIGHT ! HE WILL BE SORLEY MISSED ! I really enjoyed are conversations.

  28. Mary Lou Magnotta October 16, 2020 at 10:56 pm - Reply

    Marylou Magnotta OCT.16, 2020 at 10″30 pm , I was an aide for Art’s neighbor, 103 year old Helen Schmitz. Art was always there for Helen day or night! I enjoyed my many conversations, with Art !He will be sorely missed !

  29. Beth An, Ken, Meredith and Miranda October 17, 2020 at 11:04 am - Reply

    Uncle Art always thought of us and opened our world to new experiences. He encouraged us to live a little and not take things too seriously. He was very talented in many ways and had an artistic ability and used to make us hand drawn birthday cards with famous cartoon characters. Uncle Art would light up the room with his vibrations smile, My children had fond memories of “King Arthur” when we would either visit New York or Art and Nancy would travel to see us. We were very fortunate to have Art and Nancy celebrate my husband’s retirement from 30 years of Naval service this past January. Art made certain we had enough wine and desert for the several family meals we shared. It was a great time with family together and I know he and Nancy were so grateful to be together with us. I love you Uncle Art and want you to know you will always be in our hearts and we will make you proud. Get out to VOTE! Make a difference in our community and be know to one another.

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