January 19, 1934 ~ October 10, 2022

Born in: Washington, DC
Resided in: Smithtown, NY

George Lee Bonta was a loving husband to Mary for 66 years. He was Dad to Nancy, Richard, and Catherine; grandfather to Joshua, Christian, Tiana, and James; Father-in-law to Donna Robert, and David. George, nicknamed “Andy,” (don’t ask, we don’t know), served two years in the US armed forces during the Korean conflict. He was a retired lieutenant in the New York City Fire Department, something we are all very proud of, but that he seldom spoke of. He was born in Washington DC, raised in Toledo Ohio, raised his family in Brentwood, and was living in Smithtown most recently. George/Andy loved, and was an expert, in old Hollywood movies (Random Harvest, anyone?). He loved the game of golf, playing it for many years, and then later watching it. Andy also enjoyed playing cards, poker in particular, as well as a good game of chess. He loved animals and helped rescue a few dogs and cats in his time. Everyone who knew him knew he had a cutting sense of humor and was certainly a force to be reckoned with. He will be greatly missed, and always loved, by his family and friends.

Services

Visitation: October 14, 2022 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Branch Funeral Home Smithtown
190 E. Main St.
SMITHTOWN, NY 11787


Second Visitation: October 14, 2022 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Branch Funeral Home Smithtown
190 E. Main St.
SMITHTOWN, NY 11787


Service: October 15, 2022 10:30 am

Branch Funeral Home Smithtown
190 E. Main St.
SMITHTOWN, NY 11787


Interment:

St. Patrick's Cemetery Smithtown
Mount Pleasant Road
SMITHTOWN, NY 11787


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Charities

The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in George Lee Bonta 's name.

Paws of War

127 Smithtown Boulevard
Nesconset, NY

https://pawsofwar.org/donate-today

Wounded Warrior Project

4899 Belfort Road Suite 300
Jacksonville, FL
877.TEAM.WWP (832.6997)
https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate

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  1. Andy always an educated gentleman, despite being in bed without being able to get up on his own, he never forgot education. I am pleased to have met a great man at the service of the community, with a great heart which stopped beating in my hand, the feeling that he left in peace was an honor for me, his tranquility is now infinite, surely he is resting in peace. Andy the universe is yours! πŸ™πŸΌ

  2. Nancy ,
    So sorry to hear from your fathers death..or should I say renewed life, going home from where it all started.
    Praying for you and family in this time of sorry and closure ..
    Mary Anne Huegel

  3. I was lucky to met you and took care of you.❀️❀️
    You were always sweet and funny . You will be miss!
    Rest in peace πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»

  4. What a GREAT family man, (& dog lover…. he sure did LOVE his little doggie!) Until everyone meets again, you are all still together in spirit! 🧑🧑🧑

  5. Dear Cathy and family
    We send our love and our prayers to you and your family. Loss is so painful and Love is so precious. We are thinking of you.

  6. To the BONTA’S family I’m sorry I wasn’t able to attend George’s session 😒. My love go’s out deeply to his wonderful wife Mary and daughter s and grandchildren. He will be missed. Peace and love ❀️

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