Thomas Bonfini

June 18, 1950 - May 16, 2010

06/18/1950 - 05/16/2010

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Visitation
Tuesday May 18, 2010
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Home
3900 Central Avenue
Shadyside, OH 43947
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Cemetery
Wednesday May 19, 2010
Mt. Calvary Cemetery
Bellaire, OH 43906
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Service
Wednesday May 19, 2010
9:30 am
St. John Catholic Church
415-37th Street
Bellaire, OH 43906
740-676-0051 | Directions
Visitation
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Home
3900 Central Avenue
Shadyside, OH 43947
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Thomas Bonfini was born to Virginia and Joe Bonfini on June 18, 1950. As a young boy, Tom was active and with his many friends created adventures that most people only read about. They knew the Bellaire drainage pipe systems and after some pranks escaped into the areas below the city to elude being captured. His beloved Boggs Island was home for “Fini” and his buddies for many summers. After helping themselves to other people’s coolers they’d direct the chasers through the itch weed or into a large ditch they had camouflaged for just this purpose. But Tom was also a very hard worker, getting his work ethic from both parents. His parents owned and operated Bonfini Mobile Homes and Marina. When Tom wasn’t on Boggs Island he could be found pumping gas for boaters on the Ohio River or helping his dad who taught him to do the near-impossible.

Then in high school his eye was caught by a cheerleader, later to be his wife, Terriann Presutti. They were married on July 24, 1971. Tom was extremely protective of his family and always worked to provide the best for them. At Consolidated Coal and Anderson Mining, he was a heavy equipment operator and welder. As a propane technician for his current employer, Valley National Gases, he received a 300, 00 Mile Safe Driver Award- an outstanding acknowledgement of his professionalism.

Despite his scheduled day off work, Tom rarely relaxed. His days were filled with tinkering with his “toys”: mowing the lawn, waxing his motorcycle and new truck, fletching arrows, and preparing for the next kayaking trip. Because he was a “jack-of-all-trades”, when family and friends needed him, he would drop everything to help.

Tom’s first born son, Jeremy Thomas arrived in 1977 and Eric Ryan was born two years later. When he was working the afternoon shift, Tom made arrangements to eat the school lunch with Jeremy so he’d have family time. Tom’s family was the most important thing to him and he cherished the hours with his entire family: His Mom, Virginia; sisters, Carol Prout, Fran D’Aquila and half-sister, Rosemary Olinski; brother, Philip Joseph; and numerous nephews, nieces, aunts and uncles. Tom was very fond of Dom and Clara Presutti, his parents-in-law. They viewed him as a son and called him, “Tommy-My-Boy”. Tom was preceded in death by his Father, Joseph and a half-brother, Joseph, Jr.

Tom’s humor, especially his uncanny ability to quickly throw out a pun, endeared him to all who met him. Everyone enjoyed talking with him and he often had long phone conversations.

Whatever, Tom did, he always did it well. He was an avid archer and won so many competitions, including international recognition, that there was no more space in the home for the trophies. His name was so well-known that when the other competitors saw Tom arrive, they knew they didn’t have a chance. But he had to give it up a few years ago when his 1968 Harley Davidson injury prohibited him from achieving the proper extension. Tom had natural athletic talent and loved the outdoors; fishing, hunting and kayaking. Many days were spent at Piedmont Lake and Canada catching fish. One of his favorite hunting grounds was Egypt Valley. It was on Saturday, during his
Kayaking trip that Tom suffered a massive heart attack. He was enjoying his favorite outside activity when the good Lord took him to Heaven. Right now, Tom is probably giving God a lesson on rolling a kayak.

His life was enriched with two grandchildren, Ryan Michael and Gianna Clare. Pap Pap taught Ryan safety in all the many activities they enjoyed together. Gianna was his princess who looked forward to riding the “Blue tractor” with Pap Pap.

Family and friends will be received at the Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory 441 37th Street Bellaire, Ohio on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm. Funeral liturgy with Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday at 9:30 am at the St. John Catholic Church in Bellaire, Ohio with Msgr. Gene W. Mullett, the celebrant. Interment in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Bellaire, Ohio.

Memorial contributions can be made in Tom’s name to “Book-A-Month” at Middle Creek Elementary School, 579 Middle Creek Road, Tridelphia, West Virginia 26059.

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal.”
-From a headstone in Ireland.

Vigil services will be held on Tuesday at 2:15 pm in the funeral home.

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Bob Woodruff
8 years ago

Dear Bonfini Family,

It was with deep regret that I heard of your loss. Tom posessed talents beyond that which most of us knew of him. What I admired most about Tom was that he was one of the most grounded people I’ve known. Tom set family above all else. A lesson for the ages. Tom was a great man and I will cherish memories of time spent with him.

Bob

melissa grover
8 years ago

dear Bonfini family,

I have known Tom for many years. As a young girl i grew up shooting bows with my dad, larry brubaker, and a lot of “old men” who i looked forward to being around. Tom was one of the guys who i always enjoyed being around, it was tough standards to live buy having to shoot just as good as one of the guys. Tom was always one to cheer you on, always a happy positive person. I even attempted kayaking classes once but realized I was better at shooting bows i would have never left the pool for the raging rapids i hadn’t seen tom in years but he is the type of person you would love to run into somewhere and remenisce on old times and catch up with. My sincere condolences to toms family.

old bow bums,

Melissa Brubaker Grover and my dad Larry Brubaker

Mary Santos Powers
8 years ago

Dear Mrs. Bonfini and family,

I was very sadenned by the news of Mr. Bonfini’s recent and very untimely passing. Please accept my deepest condolences. I hope you will find comfort in the love, thoughts and prayers of your friends who are here for you during this very difficult time. I hope to see you all soon.

Lots of love,

Mary

Sherry Shubat Artman
8 years ago

Dear Terriann and family,

So very, very sorry to hear about Tom’s heart attack. We never know the moment or time of our leaving this world, but God has his own timing and it is in His great plan. May you know peace, joy and love in your time with Tom in this world and the next.

jo ellen gardner
8 years ago

Dear Terriann and family,

I was shocked and saddened to hear of Tom’s death. I know that God will watch over you and your family.

Your life with Tom seemed to be great and filled with many beautiful memories. As my daughters, Amber and Lauren, have always said to me, always make today a good memory. I know that your life with Tom was that of many good memories and that will help you in handling the days ahead. It seems by the events listed in the obituary that Tom lived a great and happy life. It’s so tragic that his life was cut short. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your children. Remember that the beautiful life that you had with Tom will always be a part of you .

Take care. I only wished that I could have personally told you how sorry I am.

Jo Ellen Weekley Gardner

charlotte thomas
8 years ago

dear terriann and loved ones…

when we briefly spoke on this past mother’s day..how could anyone have known what lay ahead for your dear husband..and for you as well.

when sadness such as yours grips your very being, please know he is in safe keeping, and you WILL be with him some glad day.

friend, charlotte thomas

Gib Marling
8 years ago

Dear Terriann,

I am so sorry to hear about Tom. It is really quite a shock. I always thought that you two made a nice couple! May our lord, give you comfort and peace .

God Bless , Gib

Dedi & Jay
8 years ago

Dear Terriann, Boys & Families,

We are Soo Sorry! Tom was a Special Person and you two were Great together.

Tom was one lucky Guy, handsome, funny & he had you Terriann & then the Boys.

1st memory-his charming self in a wool cap english style came to OU Athens to see his girl & party-I’m thinking Boones Farm Apple Wine & lots of Sisshes.It was late 60s early 70s and it was Party time & we were young. Skip to rememoring your trip to visit us in N.Carolinamarine corps days. We were the newly married but you two were more like the Newlyweds; the scuba trip, boiling the conch shell, crabbing.I think it was then that Tom & Jay started their friendly competition of who could introduce the most exciting activity. I’ll tell more in my e-mail. You and Tom were a Wonderful match and a favorite couple of ours to be with. We have so many memories & have been writing them down & will send them to you. Its the Memories that will sustain you and the Love. I BELIEVE its the LOVE that holds us all together in this world & the next. May God Bless Him & Keep Him & You & Your Family till we are all together again. We are soo Heartfeltly sad for you & are sending Big Hugs. We want to be there for you especially now.

Love Jay & Dedi

Bunny Green
8 years ago

Dear Terriann, Jeremy and Eric,

I am praying for you all and Tom everyday. I miss you all and will miss Tom from now on. We always had fun everywhere we went. God Bless you all. Bunny and Sam

Jeff hurd
8 years ago

Dearest Terri-Ann and family I am so sorry for your loss. I have more memories of Tom and I then I can even think of. Especially the motorcycle wreck. I was just talking about Tom Saturday night, he must have been trying to tell me something. My heartfilled thougts and prayers go out to you at this horrible time. I am sorry I can’t be there. Love, Jeff

Leslie Jacoby Godzik
8 years ago

Dearest Terriann, Jeremy, and Eric –

I learned of Tom’s death through my sister, Maren. Please know how very, very sorry I am. I pray for God to give you strength and peace through this very sad time.

Warmly,

Leslie Jacoby Godzik

Sally and Dave campbell
8 years ago

Fran and Carol,

so sorry to hear about tom he was a great guy and will sadely be missed., our prayers are with you and your family. take care sally & Dave Campbell

Art Piatt
8 years ago

I already posted but while at the funeral home today, Terriann ask me to post the following story I told her:

When Tom and I were 13 yrs old, we got jobs as “Pinboys”at Circosta’s Bowling alley across from the park. We were paid one and one half cent per game- manually setting the pins into the machine and returning the balls. If we were lucky, we might get a 10 cent tip. Since we bought pop and chips while we worked, we usually ended up owing more than we made. We also had to get social security cards to work there and our SS numbers are only the last digit different. Glad to share this with you. Many memories have been brought back these past few days for all of us, I’m sure.

Joanie Hetzel
8 years ago

I am so very, very sorry for You, Terriann, and your family. My prayers will be with you.

Joanie

David Wirfel
8 years ago

I was saddened to hear the news about Tom. When I lived in Wheeling, I met Tom at a pool in Moundsville. It was me, a friend, and a group of “old guys”…I had no boat, no paddle…and that is where Tom came in… After several weeks later and many many hours learning how to roll I was on my first kayak trip with Tom and the boys. His patience gave me the courage to get in a boat, and successfully navigate safely down the river. I will never forget my first run. RIP Tom. My deepest condolences to his family. Paddle on Tom. You will be missed by many

Gary McCormick
8 years ago

Man this shit sucks. I have had nothing but incredible memories of Bonfini for over the last 12-15 years. I remember him cajoling me into allowing him to signup for a past Kayak Clinic that I was chairperson of. He didn’t know it and I was NEVER gonna tell him that He could have shown up at the last second and I would have let him sign up as a student. He always always always brought the best jokes, biggest smile I always thought it was gas and the most incredible line up of a Posse to any paddling event that he participated in. Wether it was A THREE RIVERS PADDLING CLUB trip, CLINIC NO NOT THAT FREE KIND SILLY or just passing by on the river of the day. Tom surrounded himself with incredibly gifted possee of friends. McGyver wannabees, maniacal machinists, demented dentists, NUMNUTZ kids, ace paddlers and ALWAYS professional pranksters. He could have the worst friggin day, swimming umpteen rapids and the silly boy would allways come up smiling. There was never anyone that paddled with Tom “just because he had the shuttle car keys”, The self deprecating humor and humble manner endeared to men, women, kids and men that wear neoprene skirt alike. He will always be remembered by me. My only regret is I never gave him one of my prop fish. He is a natural in the gag department.

Jeff Felton
8 years ago

May the clouds in heaven be filled with endless whitewater. Tom you will be sadly missed.

mike mathews
8 years ago

my deepest sympathy on the loss of a good friend and coworker. tom was fun to work with, very humorous and an all around good guy. you will be missed my friend.

Kathy Linch Wagner
8 years ago

My great memories of Tom go all the way back to kindergarten. Terriann, you brought out the best in him. You were part of a well-lived life. I am praying for you and the family.

Art Piatt
8 years ago

Nancy’s and I thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. As Jeff Hurd posted, I also thought of Tom Saturday and was showing my bike to my son in law and told him about the motorcycle wreck Tom had. He touched us all and did so even on his last day.

Edwina Sitko
8 years ago

Oh Dear Friend.

I pray you will have the strength to get through each new day…. lean on the Lord for His love and joy for your life. Count on me if you ever need a shoulder……

Edwina Sitko

Wheeling, WV

Matthew France
8 years ago

People touch our lives in many ways. Tom touched mine by being my instructor at a Three Rivers Paddling Club training clinic several years ago. He taught be as much about boating and why people kayak as anyone ever has. When I asked him what he liked most about kayaking, he responded with “Its not as much about kayaking as it is about the places it has taken me” Tom..you will be greatly missed.

Jen Mitchell
8 years ago

Ryan loved his Pap Pap very much. Tom was a great man who taught him a lot. He will be missed and remembered.

Betty Ann Wallace Busack
8 years ago

Teriann & Family,

I just spoke with my brother Bill Wallace and he told me of Toms passing. I have many memories of him and all the guys my big brother hang out with back in Bellaire. I also remember the motorcycle accident, but also what a good heart Tom had. He certainly lived for the moment and didn’t want to waste one minute it! You all have our deepest sympathy. God Bless you.

Sincerely,

Betty Ann & Tom

Dean and Sue Miller
8 years ago

Teriann and family…..our thoughts and prayers are with you……may God bless you all and give you strength during such a difficult time…….Dean and Sue Miller

Megan Butterworth
8 years ago

Teriann, Jeremy, Eric, and families,

I was stunned when my Mom told me about Tom. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. He was taken much too soon while doing something he dearly loved-I am sure his last moments were good ones. We were just talking the other day of how we always saw Tom going down the road with a boat or a kayak-off to have some fun! I am thinking of your family. You are in my prayers during this difficult time.

Take care and remember the good times.

Megan Butterworth

Cindy Bonfini-Hotlosz
8 years ago

Terriann and boys, I am so sorry for your loss. Tommy was always my handsome older cousin. I remember as a little girl that he was always bigger than life — and I just can’t believe he is gone. Please know that Frank and I are with you in our hearts. You are very special to us.

Nancy Andriano
8 years ago

Terriann and family,

Please accept my heartfelt sympathy on your loss. I just don’t know what to say. I hope that the thoughts and prayers of all your friends will sustain and comfort you during this time. You are loved!

CANDY BURGY
8 years ago

TERRIANN AND FAMILY, I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR OF TOMS PASSING. I REMEMBERED TOM COMING INTO THE EYE DR’S OFFICE AND HOW VERY NICE HE WAS TO US, AND HOW I HAND DELIVERED HIS CONTACTS TO HIS HOUSE ! HE WAS A VERY NICE MAN AND WILL BE VERY SADLY MISSED BY MANY. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY TODAY AND ALWAYS.

TOM/CATHY MAGISTRO
8 years ago

TERRIANN AND FAMILY, WE ARE SO SORRY TO HEAR OF TOMS PASSING. I HAVE SO MANY MEMORIES OF TOM THAT I WOULDN’T KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN TO TALK ABOUT THEM ALL. BONFIN’S MOBILE HOME SOFTBALL, PLAYING RACQUETBALL WITH HIM AT 7 IN THE MORNING AFTER WORKING ALL NIGHT ARE A FEW. I CAN STILL REMEMBER YOU GUYS WEDDING A WEEK BEFORE OURS. HE WAS ALWAYS A POSITIVE PERSON WHO COULD ENTERTAIN A ROOMFUL WITH HIS JOKES AND HUMOR. WE WILL KEEP YOU ALL IN OUR PRAYERS.

Patty Thomas-Warner
8 years ago

Terriann and family..

I have not seen you or Tom for years now. I am sending my deepest sympathy to you. God will stay with you, and comfort you. I am so sorry to hear about Tom. My heart aches for you and your family.

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Patty Thomas

Mary Grey
8 years ago

Terriann,

I didn’t know Tom, but after reading about him, I could tell what a great guy he was. I am so sorry for your loss. I wish you strength in during this difficult time.

Mary Grey

Wesley Morris
8 years ago

Terriann,

It was with deep sorrow and sadness that I read of Tom’s passing. I remember spending time with him at the last reunion. So full of life and happiness. Know that you and your family are in my thoughts. Life is suffering, pain, and sorrow, but it is also happiness, smiles, hugs, kisses, tender thoughts and so much more. We can’t have one side without the other. It is all still worth it.

Machelle Rader
8 years ago

Terriann,

Our deepest condolences to you and your family. You have all been in our thoughts and prayers and will continue to be.

God bless you.

Mary Kay sisters,

Machelle & Hilary Rader

Harrisonburg, VA

Janis English Le Roux
8 years ago

Terriann,

My jaw dropped when I got the news from Bob Scott about Tom’s passing. I am so sorry for your loss. Tom was one of my favorite people from the “Great Class of 68”. You are in my prayers.

Vicki Ianzito
8 years ago

Terriann,

I am so sorry for your tremendous loss. I will pray for you and your family. They will get you through.

Holly L. Woods
8 years ago

Terriann,

I send you my condolences on the loss of you husband. You and all of your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God fill the emptiness of your hearts with the precious memories of your loved one.

Holly

Toni Tamborello Sleeme
8 years ago

Terriann,

I was in shock when I heard what happened to Tom. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and all of the family. God is good and He will get you through this hard time. Take care and may God bless you.

Mr&Mrs. John J. HUGHES
8 years ago

Terriann,

Sorry to hear of Tom’s passing.Our prayers are with you and the boys.

Larry Tuccio
8 years ago

Terriann,

We were saddened to hear about Tom. He was a great guy and friend. Please know that on behalf of the Tuccio family that our thoughts and prayers will be with you and your families. Sincerely.

Jo Ellen Teasdale
8 years ago

Terriann,

Although I haven’t seen you or Tom for years, I remember you both with fondness and was very sad to hear of Tom’s early death. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.

Jo Ellen

Eileen Taylor
8 years ago

Terriann, I am so saddened to hear about Tom’s death. I still remember his “antics” in school….

so ornery, but also a good and fun guy! I know God will give you and your family the strength to go on.

God Bless You all.

Eileen

Wendy Jacoby
8 years ago

Terriann, Jeremy & Eric,

May God give you comfort and strength during this time of grief. Tom has touched so many lives with his sense of humor, his smile and his loyalty. I am blessed to have known him and when I think of Tom, a smile will always appear in my heart.

Sally and Dave Campbell
8 years ago

TERRIANN, JEREMY ERIC AND FAMILY

WORDS CAN’T SAY HOW WE FEEL ABOUT YOUR LOSS, ARE PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

Jody Miller
8 years ago

Terriann, to you and all your family. I did not know your husband, but from what I’ve read, he was an outstanding person. I can only relate to the heartache that you and your family are experiencing. After losing my daughter at age 21, I’ve realized that we’re in a special “group” of people. Until you lose someone you love it’s difficult to understand. But know already, that your husband and your family have touched others in a way no one can explain. The quote in the paper sums in all up and has given me a real peace of mind. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. LOVE leaves a memory no one can steal. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

Sincerely, Jody Miller

Ohio County Schools Employee

MaryJo Zacchini Kurko
8 years ago

Terriann,Jeremy and Eric & families:

There are no words listed to understand the realm of sadness all of you are feeling. I know your hearts are weighted with the tragedy of losing this wonderful man. May God watch over all of you and remember that Tom lived his life fully and with gusto.

Sincerely,

MaryJo Zacchini and Steve Kurko

Bellaire, Ohio

Marvin,Nancy Woods
8 years ago

Terriann,Jeremy,and Eric,

We all want to express our sympathy, and prayers to you. What a loving, beautiful,unique personal journal of Tom’s life you wrote.One would expect no less from you. It was always easy to tell where he stood in your eyes.Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

JIM AND VICKI KOONCE
8 years ago

TERRIANNE AND FAMILY, SO SAD TO HEAR ABOUT TO TOM.I KNOW HOW VERY HARD THIS IS FOR ALL OF YOU, OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO ALL AND IF YOU NEED ANYTHING OR JUST SOMEONE TO TALK TO , I WILL SURLEY BE HERE FOR YOU GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU LOVE VICKI AND JIMMY

debby marr
8 years ago

terrianne I am sorry about tom. you are in our prayers Debby

Mark L. Striebich
8 years ago

Terry and Family, Tommy was my old buddy from Harrison St. in Bellaire. We had a lot of laughs together back in the 1960’s. I am sorry to hear of his untimely death. He lived a fun life it seems. Fond memories forever…..Mark Striebich