John Bonaventura, right, with Gerald Swanson at a
baseball game in Telluride in 1948. “Johnnie and I went
over to watch the game on the Fourth of July 1948. Four
of us guys went over,” Swanson recalled.
“My Uncle Herman was on the team, along with Tommy
Savage, Phil Antonelli, Ole Olson, and Gene Orr. Silverton
had a great baseball team in those days.”
John Dominic Bonaventura, age 86, a resident of Colorado Springs since 1970 and formerly of Silverton, Colorado, passed away on Friday, Jan. 1, 2010 at a Colorado Springs care center.
He was an entrepreneur in Silverton and then worked for many years at AMPEX Corp. and Holy Apostles Catholic Church.
John was born on Dec. 14, 1923 in Durango to Dominic and Maude (Boggio) Bonaventura. He was raised in Durango, attended high school at Harlem Consolidated High School in Rockford, Ill., and was a veteran of World War II.
He married Anna Marie Lucci in Arvada on Nov. 21, 1960. He was an avid Frisbee player, who loved fishing, bowling and hunting for mushrooms in the mountains.
He is survived by his loving wife, of 49 years, Anna; his sons: Mike (wife, Gail) Bonaventura of Florissant, Colorado; and Mark (wife, Judy) Bonaventura of Loveland, Colorado.
He is also survived by his sister, Connie Trontel; his brother, Frank Bonaventura; granddaughter, Tammy Thoe; a great-grandson, Dylan; and numerous nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Nick; and his sisters: Margaret and Madeline and a grandson.
A Mass of Christian Burial was on Wednesday, Jan. 6, at Holy Apostles Catholic Church. Interment was at Evergreen Cemetery.
Memorials in Mr. Bonaventura’s name may be made to the John Bonaventura Memorial Fund in c/o Wells Fargo Bank, Loveland - Centerra Branch, 1412 Hahns Peak Drive, Loveland, CO 80538.
All who knew John will remember him as a kind and gentle man who always wanted to know what your name was and where you were from. He will be dearly missed by his loving family and many friends. Blessed be his memory.