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John Bonar


Glencally, Kilsallagh, Westport

The death has taken place unexpectedly at his home of John (Seán) Bonar. John was born in Stranorlar, Co Donegal in August 1949. He was third in a family of seven and was predeceased by his parents, Annie Patricia (née Gordon) and Denis and recently his brother Denis.
When John left school, he went to Dublin to train as a technician with the P&T. He subsequently worked with Telecom Éireann in Donegal for many years, where he was a staunch member of the Trade Union movement. During this time, he was an active FCA member. He married Mary Hastings in 1974 and had a family of four children. In the late 1980’s the family moved to Louisburgh, John transferred to Clifden for work and in later years to Castlebar and Westport.  John was an active member of the Louisburgh/Lecanvey Community Alert Committee for many years. He was also on the Louisburgh National School Parents Association that helped raise funds to build the new now named Scoil Naisiunta Padraig Naofa, which opened in 1996.
When John retired from Eircom, he started teaching computers in the local national schools and also adult computer classes for a number of years. Probably his favourite job was when John spent three years working with the late Myles Staunton in Westport, he recalled these many times over the last few years. In later years John enjoyed the outdoors and farming at the foot of Croagh Patrick.
John regularly returned to his native Donegal where he liked to meet up and reminisce with family and friends.
John is survived by his loving wife Mary, daughters Donna O’Grady and Evelyn, sons Barry and Michael, grandchildren Marie Claire and Seán, son-in-law Martin, Barry’s fiancée Lorraine, Michael’s partner Rachel and Evelyn’s partner Martin John.
His passing is also mourned by his brother Eugene, sisters Bernadette, Mary, Jean and Angela, uncle Benny Gordon, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, cousins, friends and neighbours.
May John’s gentle soul rest in peace.
Suaimhneas síoraí tabhair dó, a Thiarna.