John Bondorew, 88, passed away peacefully at the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center at Newbridge on the Charles in Dedham, on May 29, 2019.
John was born in Pawtucket, RI, on Sept. 17, 1930, the son of the late Ekow and Stepa (Ynukov) Bondorew. During the Korean War, John proudly served his country as a sergeant first class in the US Army Corp of Engineers. He and his wife Margaret were married in Oak Bluffs, MA, on Feb. 24, 1978. They have resided in Foxboro for the past 41 years and have spent many happy summers in Oak Bluffs.
John was a tool and die maker at Leesona Corporation of Warwick, RI, for over 30 years. An avid boater and fisherman, he was a retired member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary in Fairhaven. He was also a member of the Masons, Shriners and Knights Templar. John often entered the annual Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass Derby, and was awarded many prizes. One of the awards was in the 1962 derby, with the largest bass caught from a boat by a Martha’s Vineyard non-native.
Beloved husband of Margaret “Peg” (Coogan) Bondorew, loving stepfather of Christopher Pulliam and his wife Leea of San Francisco, CA, and the late Joseph “Cuzin Joe” Pulliam. Stepgrandfather of Charlotte, Jack and Lilly Pulliam. Brother of the late Vera and Harry Bondorew, uncle of Raymond and his wife Joyce Bondorew of Coventry, RI, and brother-in-law to the late Anne (Coogan) Whipple and her late husband Robert, James Coogan and his late wife Barbara, the late Bernard Coogan and his wife Joann, Charles Coogan and his wife Lillian, Gerard Coogan, and Robert Coogan and his wife Rita. John is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews, as well as many cousins (in-law), and friends.
One of John’s main goals in life was to make people laugh and be happy. He loved to talk and joke with everyone, often total strangers, and really enjoyed walking with Peg along the bulkhead in Oak Bluffs, chatting with fellow boaters and other friends. As an avid fisherman, he enjoyed taking children on his boat the “Osprey,” and teaching them how to catch fish. When the fish were put into the fish box, he would toast them with a little beer and say “NaSalude Saint Peter.” Some people said the reason his fish always tasted so good was that they were well marinated. The children later started to call any large fish caught a “Nasalude” — that continues now into their adulthood.
Funeral services were private and under the care of the Roberts and Sons Funeral Home, Foxboro.
For additional information, please contact 508-543-5471. To send an online condolence, please visit the funeral home website at www.robertsandsonsfuneralhome.com.
Donations in John’s memory may be made to The Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Attn: Office of Development, 2900 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.