On Monday July 19, 2021 Joseph Bonvicini, a soccer coach, and active member of Sterling House passed away in Martin Memorial hospital at age 76. Joseph was born on Oct 19th, 1944 to Louis and Florence Bonvicini, of Trumbull CT. He grew up as an only child, spending time with animals on his parents property off White Plains Rd. He graduated highschool in 1962 and later joined the Army reserves. His jobs included working as an IT specialist at CBS records, and Product Machine company. He was a lifelong Corvette enthusiast and sold his cherished 1969 cherry red t-top when he became a father. Joseph married Joan Bonvicini in 1973 and became a father in 1976. He played guitar and built a workshop in his home in Stratford. He later fell in love with soccer when both of his kids played for Sterling House. He coached there for 6 years and joined the boys soccer team at St. Joseph highschool in the mid 90’s. Joe was also happy to build stages or sets for plays. In 1988 he conducted the Easter spectacle “I Am” at Black Rock Congregation. He served as a Cardiac Counselor at Bridgeport hospital after receiving a triple by-pass at age 42.
In 1989 Joe was awarded the Connecticut State Volunteer of the year. He enjoyed country music, playing guitar, watching Food Network and was known to be an endless almanac of strange facts. Joe loved an audience and was ready with jokes and pranks. He retired in 2000 but purchased an Equestrian Show facility in south Georgia in 2004. During the 2008 recession he moved north to spend time with his grandkids. He was married for 37 years and spent his last 10 years back in Florida caring for a childhood friend with Dementia, who’s friendship helped ease the pain of his ailing heart and diabetes. He is remembered as a kind, fun loving person who gave much more than he received. He is survived by his daughter Jessica Gaffney and her husband John, and grandsons Nathan and Donovan, and also by his son Joel Bonvicini and wife Jennifer and his four granddaughters Isabella, Gabriella, Faith and Brinley. Joe would want us all to know that “He sought the Lord and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4
Friends and family can contribute to the online memorial at https://www.forevermissed.com/jbonvicini/about A memorial service will be at Lake Daeton Methodist Church, 6500 Wesleyan Way, Wildwood, Florida on August 28th at 10:30 am. Flowers can be sent to the church, or to his daughters residence where he spent his final days, at 2308 Se Diamond Ct. Stuart, FL 34997. Donations can be sent to Sterling House https://www.sterlinghousecc.org/