FRAMINGHAM – Retired Framingham Firefighter Richard L. Bonvini, 85, of Framingham, died Monday, January 21, 2018 after a period of declining health.
Richard was the loving husband of 59 years to the late Elizabeth “Betty” Alice (Chaplin) Bonvini who died in 2014.
Born in Framingham, he was the son of the Aldo and Josephine (Zanchi) Bonvini.
Richard devoted his life to serving the Town of Framingham for 32 years as a member of the Framingham Fire Dept.
During his tenure, he was credited for being one of the first members of the (SCUBA) Diving Team.
As a certified EMT, he taught numerous classes in CPR to members of the police department, Callahan Senior Center and area civilians.
Through a State program, he was able to teach special needs children about Fire Safety and how to safely evacuate a home during a fire.
Richard was a very active member of the Council on Aging at the Callahan Senior Center. He organized their Bocci, Bowling and Ping Pong Leagues as well as the Lawn Chair Drill Team. Richard was also a member of the Christopher Columbus Club.
He claimed to be the only Cleveland Indian fan in the Town of Framingham.
He is survived by his children, Richard Lee Bonvini and his wife Susan of Lenaxa, VA and Annmarie Cicciu and her husband Richard of Framingham.
He was the proud grandfather of Danielle Bonvini Davis and her husband Sam of VA, Tina DeVito and her husband Rocco of Marlborough, Kristin O’Malley and her husband Keith of Milford and Derek Cicciu of Framinhgam, of whom Richard idolized and considered his King. He also is survived by his cherished great grandchildren, Vincenzo Rocco DeVito and Sean Patrick O’Malley as well as many close neighbors.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral Mass on Friday, January 25, 2019 at 10 a.m. at St. George Church, 75 School Street in Framingham.
Burial will follow in Edgell Grove Cemetery, Framingham.
Visiting hours at the Norton Funeral Home, 53 Beech Street. (corner of Union Ave.), Framingham will be Thursday, January 24, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org/manh 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452.