Obituary of Giovanni Bonugli
Giovanni Bonugli, passed away at the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, following a brief illness on Friday afternoon, July 9, 2021 shortly after the passing of his beloved wife, the late Rita M. (Bouchard) Bonugli (deceased June 21, 2021).
Born and raised in Mons, Belgium, Giovanni was the only son of the late Guido and Adelaide Bonugli. Surviving World War II, the family eventually moved back to Italy where he attended high school. He then returned to Mons, Belgium to attend Institut Saint-Luc, before moving to Montreal, Canada. It was while living in Montreal that he met his future wife, Rita Bouchard. They married on April 23, 1960. It had always been Giovanni’s dream to move to the United States for a better life for him and his family, so on their wedding night, Giovanni and Rita moved to Cambridge, MA. They finally settled in Burlington in 1968, where he raised all his 3 children. He worked for Merrill Daniel’s Printing in Everett as a Graphic Artist for over 25 years.
Giovanni had many interests and hobbies. He loved cycling and always looked forward to watching the Tour De France every summer. In his youth, he rode his bike from Belgium to France. To prove that he rode his bike to France, Giovanni sent a postcard from France to his father in Belgium. Giovanni was also a car enthusiast and owned a 1976 Camaro along with other two-door sports cars. The sweet memories of father and son’s car rides in his father’s proud family car and many family road trips will be forever remembered and cherished by his son. He was also a talented photographer, a profession that led him to meeting his future wife, Rita. Giovanni also enjoyed art, with his passion in sketching art. His artistic talents ran in the Bonugli family, following the footstep of his late father, a sculptor who did many historic sculptures in Massachusetts and religious and gnome sculptures in Belgium. Giovanni’s artworks have been greatly appreciated by his children and proudly displayed at his children’s homes. They will be cherished for generations to come after him. His claim to fame was that he attended art school with Carol Burnett! Giovanni was also an inquisitive person and enjoyed DNA and ancestry research. His son remembered vividly all the fascinating discussions and interest he had on his ancestral history. With his European childhood, he was always very happy when he received news about his relatives back in his hometown in Barga, Italy. Giovanni’s story about his life and relatives back in Italy will be greatly missed.
Giovanni never missed a soccer match that involved Belgium or Italy. With his European background it was no wonder that Giovanni could speak 5 languages.
Giovanni was a family man. A kind and supportive father, he made sure the children were equipped with the best education and were never short of any moral and financial support to pursue any activities outside of schools. He also allowed his children to make their own life decisions to pursue happiness or adventure. He was a devoted husband who truly dedicated his life to his wife Rita. Giovanni took wonderful care of her for the past 20 years during the recovery of her double ruptured brain aneurysm in 2002. His love brought her back and they had a few amazing years after her recovery, until she was battling with Alzheimer’s disease. He never lost hope that she might one day be cured. His dog Pipa was his best friend and helped him throughout the years of caregiving for Rita. Giovanni will be remembered as a strong, very independent but quiet man who always put the needs of his family above his own.
Giovanni was the beloved husband of the late Rita (Bouchard). He was the loving father to his son Richard Bonugli and daughter in law, daughter Michelle Bonugli Tucci & her husband Jim Tucci, daughter Nicole Bonugli Richardson & her husband Brian Richardson, and the proud grandfather of 2 grandchildren and 3 dogs, Pipa, Bella, and Molson.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, August 21st at 10am at St Margaret’s Church, 111 Winn St. Burlington. In lieu of flowers memorials in Giovanni’s name may be made to the American Kidney Fund
11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852
or to the American Thyroid Foundation, https://www.thyroid.org/
Edward V. Sullivan
43 Winn Street
Burlington, MA 01803
Ph: (781) 272-0050