BONA, Clarence Joseph

Cape Breton Post - - Obituaries -

Whit­ney Pier

It is with heavy hearts that we an­nounce the pass­ing of our fa­ther, Clarence Joseph Bona, age 89, on Fri­day, May 26, 2017 at home, sur­rounded by his lov­ing fam­ily.

Born in Pondville on De­cem­ber 28, 1927, Clarence was the son of the late Ernest and El­iz­a­beth ‘Libby’ (Fourg­ere) Bona.

Clarence was in the Mer­chant Marines at the end of World War II. He was a gifted and cre­ative trades­man with many tal­ents and skills. He was a jack of all trades and held jobs such as Steeple Jack which few oth­ers would pur­sue. He was an iron­worker and worked con­struc­tion for many years un­til re­tire­ment. Dad could turn his hands to do any task small or large and do it well.

Clarence is dearly loved and will be for­ever missed by daugh­ters, Lil­lian (Eldin) Campbell, Al­berta, Anne (Roddy) Berez­iuk, Darth­mouth, Marie Chi­as­son, Vic­to­ria Mines, Clarisse (Bert) Mac­Don­ald, Cat­alone Gut, Ros­alie (Bil­lie) Usher, Gar­dener Mines and Eileen (Dale), Al­berta; sons, Joey (Valetta), Ont., Jimmy (Sharon), Whit­ney Pier and Jerry (Kim), Ont. He has 19 grand­chil­dren, 27 great­grand­chil­dren and 5 great­great-grand­chil­dren. Dad is also sur­vived by a sis­ter, Marie Babin, West Arichat; broth­ers, Bill, Ont. and Alexan­der, Pondville; as well as many nieces and neph­ews.

Be­sides his par­ents, Clarence was pre­de­ceased by his lov­ing wife of 67 years, Florence (Fanning); son, John; daugh­ter, Glo­ria and baby Troy Hen­nick; son-in-law, Ed­die Chi­as­son; sis­ters, Dorothy, Irene, Beatrice, and broth­ers, James, Gus­tave, Delore and Al­cide.

At Dad’s re­quest cre­ma­tion has taken place. A pri­vate fam­ily vis­i­ta­tion and memo­rial ser­vice will take place at a later date. Dad’s fi­nal rest­ing place will be in new Cal­vary Ceme­tery, Whit­ney Pier.

Do­na­tions in mem­ory of Clarence may be made to Cape Bre­ton Resi-Care, Cape Bre­ton Cancer Care Pro­gram at Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Hos­pi­tal, Heart & Stroke Foun­da­tion or char­ity of one’s choice.

Fam­ily gives spe­cial thanks to the VON and Home Care Ser­vices for their on­go­ing care and com­pas­sion. A thank you to Fa­ther Paul Mur­phy for his bless­ing and thank you to Bill Lau­rie of the Pier Com­mu­nity Fu­neral Home for his pro­fes­sional at­ten­tion and com­pas­sion.

Fu­neral ar­range­ments are en­trusted to the care and di­rec­tion of Pier Com­mu­nity Fu­neral Home.

On­line con­do­lences may be for­ward to the fam­ily at www. pier­fu­ner­al­home.com.

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