Walter D. Bonin

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Walter D. Bonin

March 16, 1930 - September 10, 2018

Haverhill - Walter D. Bonin, 88, a native and lifelong resident of Haverhill, died peacefully on Monday, September 10, 2018, at his home.
The son of the late Octave and Clara (Lagasse) Bonin, he attended Saint James Grammar School and was a member of the Haverhill Trade School, class of 1948. A Master Plummer and Gas Fitter, he established the Walter D. Bonin Plumbing and Heating Co. in 1961 and was later joined in the business by his son and daughter. He retired from the well-known Haverhill company in 2011. In his later years he raised and raced Trotters at Rockingham Park in Salem, Saratoga Springs, as well as several other racetracks around the New England and New York areas.
A lifelong member of Saint Joseph Parish and All Saints Parish, he also was a member of the Haverhill Lions Club, and several local bowling leagues. He enjoyed ballroom dancing with his late wife Jeanne (Roy) Bonin, as well as extensive traveling around the world.
Predeceased by his wife Jeanne in 2003, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by a son and daughter-in-law, Richard J. “Rick” and Karen Bonin of Kingston, N.H.; two daughters and a son-in-law, Denyne “Dee” and Dan Sanville of Dunstabile, and Cheryl Bonin of Georgetown; his former son-in-law Gary Quimby of Haverhill; a sister Irene Baron of Westfield; two brothers, Ernest Bonin of Vero Beach, Florida, and Tom Bonin of Atkinson, N.H.; five grandchildren, Alethea Copelas, Adam Spitalny, Leslie Spitalny, Kyle Sanville and Shawn Sanville; a great-granddaughter, Talia Copelas; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by brothers Robert, Armand, and Victor Bonin.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Mr. Bonin’s Life Celebration to be held on Thursday, September 13, 2018, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Brookside Chapel & Funeral Home, 116 Main St., Route 121-A, Plaistow, NH. His funeral will be held on Friday, September 14, at 9 a.m., from the funeral home, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in All Saints Church, Haverhill. Burial will follow in Saint Joseph Cemetery. To send a message of condolence to the family, please visit
Published on September 12, 2018
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Roberta Barron
Sep 13, 2018
Rick, Cheryl and Dee,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. So sorry to hear this sad news. I will never forget seeing your Dad so happy at the party for my mom years ago. Happy memories.
Take care.
Art Bonin
Sep 13, 2018
My sincere condolences on the passing of my uncle Walter. Thoughts and prayers for the immediate family.
Art & Cheryl Bonin
Hampstead NH
Ernie and Nancy
Sep 12, 2018
Rick, Cheryl, and Dee, So Sorry to Hear that Your Dad has passed. He will be missed. Our deepest sympathy to you and your families. We send you our love. Do take care.