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Remember those who have gone before you. Consider their lives, and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Hebrews 13:7-8
Peter David Bonhote, age 76, died Tuesday afternoon, May 25, 2010, at Otsego Manor.
He was born April 26, 1934, in Nyack, a son of Roland and Joan (Horskey) Bonhote.
Peter first married Patricia McNulty in 1952. She died in December of 1963. Peter then married Ellen Mahoney on July 10, 1965, in Milton, Mass.
A carpenter by trade, he always enjoyed working with wood.
At one time he was a member of the carpenters union, taught at BOCES, and volunteered his carpentry expertise to Habitat for Humanity in Otsego County.
He was also an outdoorsman and at one time served as a Boy Scout Leader for Troop 64 in Coram.
An avid collector of World War II memorabilia, Peter had a special interest in aircraft from that period. While not a veteran himself, he always had a deep respect for those that served in the military, and was an ardent supporter of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
A communicant of St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown, he was a former member of the Pastoral Council and the Building Committee and sang in the church choir.
Peter is survived by his wife of almost 45 years, Ellen, of Hartwick; one sister, Rolinda Scherr, of Colorado; seven children, Peter P. Bonhote and his wife, Margaret, of Hudson Falls, Karen A. Bonhote of Rochester, Kathleen R. DeVine of Sound Beach, Long Island, Christopher J. Bonhote of Phoenix, Ariz., Elizabeth E. Donovan and her husband, Joseph, of Mansfield, Mass., Aimee L. Gangai and her husband, Jeff, of Winchester, Va., and David E. Bonhote, of Hartwick; seven grandchildren, Stephanie Frost, Neil DeVine and his wife, Carole Anne, Robin DeVine, Danielle Donovan, Mary Donovan, Anthony Gangai and Dominic Gangai; and four great-grandchildren, Hunter, Haydon and Parker Frost and Madison Healy. In addition to his first wife, Peter was predeceased by two brothers, Richard and Joel Bonhote.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Friday, May 28, 2010, at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown, with Fr. John P. Rosson, pastor, officiating. The Bonhote family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the Mass.
Immediately following the Service of Committal and Burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Index, family and friends are invited to St. Mary’s Parish Center, located directly behind the church, for lunch, fellowship and remembrance.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Otsego Manor Activities Fund to benefit the Rolling Hills Community, 128 Phoenix Mills Cross Road, Cooperstown, NY 13326 or to Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
Published on  May 27, 2010
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