John Buonanno

John Angelo Buonanno

Friday, April 3rd, 2020
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John A. Buonanno, 71, of Bristol RI passed away peacefully at home on Friday, April 3.

Born in Fall River, MA, he was the son of the late Anthony and Providenza (Pirri) Buonanno.

He was the devoted husband of Debra (Hutchison) Buonanno for 39 years. He leaves his daughter, Morgan Gallagher (Jarred) of Attleboro, MA; his daughter, Alex Baird (Samuel) of Richlands, NC; and, his son, John Buonanno Jr. (Kayla) of Columbia City, IN. He was the beloved Pepa of six grandchildren: Avery, Gianna, John, Piper, Luke, and Sadie.

John was a lifelong resident of Bristol and a graduate of Bristol High School, Class of 1967. He received a BS in Industrial Engineering from Roger Williams University. He was an engineer at Elmwood Sensors for 11 years and a Senior Manufacturing Engineer at Johnson & Johnson for over 33 years. He took great pride in his career. He was known for his analytical problem-solving skills, and the mentoring relationships he established with young engineers.

In his spare time, he enjoyed woodworking, doing projects around the house, and traveling. He had a passion for cooking and loved to share his dishes with family and friends.
John experienced great joy in doing for others. He will always be known for his selfless actions, a love for his family, and an infectious belly laugh.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to a service to honor the life of John A. Buonanno of Bristol, RI. The service will be held Thursday, July 16th from 4-7pm at Smith Funeral & Memorial Services. 8 Schoolhouse Rd, Warren, RI 02885. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration. Donations may be made online at
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  • Visitation

    July 16, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    July 16, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Smith Funeral and Memorial Services
    8 Schoolhouse Road
    Warren, Rhode Island 02885
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  • Interment

    July 17, 2020 |
    July 17, 2020
    North Burial Ground
    1081 Hope Street
    Bristol, Rhode Island 02809
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Patricia Chace

Posted at 11:50am
Deb and Family,
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I remember John from our social gatherings. He was quiet, but always pleasant with a sense of humor. One could tell how very close you two were and how you faced life together.

Please know that you are all in my prayers.

Pat Chace

Bob Sommerich

Posted at 04:44pm
I worked with John for many years at Johnson & Johnson. John always had a positive attitude and was able to raise my spirits whenever I saw him. He was an excellent problem solver, teacher and friend. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you. Bob Sommerich

Sandy and David Beres

Posted at 11:32am
Dear Debbie, We are so sorry about the loss of your husband, John. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. God Bless, Sandy and David Beres

John Simkins

Posted at 11:54am
My deepest condolences to John’s Family. I worked with John for many years at J&J. He was a mentor who always wanted to teach. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. I’m praying for you all.

Carol Andrews

Posted at 11:44am
Dear Deb and Family Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Carol &O.J. Andrews

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