John G. Bonaglia, Jr., age 79

of Braintree

John G. Bonaglia, Jr., age 79

Braintree, John G. Bonaglia, Jr., age 79, a longtime Braintree resident, died peacefully, Saturday, October 19, 2019 at the John Scott House Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, in the comfort of his loving family.

John was born in Boston, to the late John and Theresa (Androski) Bonaglia. He was raised and educated in Arlington and graduated from Arlington High School, Class of 1958. John had lived in Braintree for fifty-one years.

He proudly served in the United States Navy as a Quartermaster 3/c aboard the USS Maury (AGS-16), a surveying ship in the early 1960s.

John worked for over thirty years at the former Boston Edison Company as a central control operator.

He enjoyed camping and hunting.

Beloved husband of Lois G. (Blackman) Bonaglia.

Devoted father of Sheri B. Gushta and her husband Matthew of Exeter, New Hampshire and John G. Bonaglia III and his wife Kathryn Boschert of Oradell, New Jersey.

Loving grandfather of Lillian Gushta, Jack Bonaglia, Ethan Gushta and Genevieve Bonaglia.

Dear brother of the late Evelyn Aldred.

Brother-in-law of Kenneth Blackman of Braintree.

Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Memorial Visitation will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy on Friday, October 25th from 4 – 6 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. John’s interment, with military honors, will take place at a later date at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.

For those who wish, donations in John’s memory may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.


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  • There is so much I would like to say to you Uncle Johnny..I will always remember you fondly and forever..The cards games, trips to Foxwoods ..such wonderful times….Now as you join my mother ( your sister ) my father ..your parents.. and my daughter….We take comfort in knowing your at peace…Will miss you but you will always be in my heart….
    Love always and forever..
    Your niece Debra & Hugh

  • Lois, Sheri, and John,

    We are very sad and very sorry to hear about Johnny’s passing. You are all in out thoughts and prayers. May he rest in peace.

    Angela and Matt Kilmain

  • How very sorry to have to know that you are no longer with us Johnny…you certainly fought the fight but I guess the good Lord has decided that you have more than earned your rest….so many family & friends will miss you but there are many wonderful memories of good food around campfires filled with laughter & fun stories, homemade Italian dinners, checking out Falmouth restaurants & firework displays with you,Lois & all of “THE CLIQUE”…may we all hang on to the good times & be grateful your days of pain are past….there is solace knowing so many of your famiy & friends were there to meet you but my heart remains sad for Lois, John, Sheri & all of the Bonaglia families…May God be with you all always….

  • A beautiful soul is never forgotten. Me and my husband had fun playing cards with you and your wife.
    I am sure you will find some angels to play cards with.

    Toni and James Tedder

  • You were kind, caring, funny, compassionate and very loving. We enjoyed alot of family gatherings together holidays, enjoy cards and sometimes a debate on one thing or another over the last 40 plus years. I also had the honor of calling you “Uncle John.” You were so welcoming to everyone you met. May you rest well with all your family who have predecased you. You will be very much missed here but I know your family of angels in the Heavens are welcoming you with open arms. Rest well Uncle John 💙
    Our hearts go out to the entire family, he is now at peace💕