, Salem, MA

January 21, 2014

Daniel J. Bona Jr., 72

Salem, MA — Daniel J. Bona, 72, of Salem, husband of Diane (Busteed) Bona, passed away after battling a long illness, on Friday, January 17, at North Shore Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in East Boston, he was the son of the late Daniel J and Mildred (Martel) Bona. He was educated in East Boston and graduated from East Boston High School in 1959. Immediately upon graduation, Dan enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he proudly served and was honorably discharged. Following his discharge, Dan and Diane were married on November 17, 1963, and recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. Dan worked at Devcon in Danvers for many years and was a machinist at Phillips Lighting, which became Norelco, for over 20 years. He also worked at Tucker Engineering in Peabody. Mr. Bona coached baseball in Salem for several years with the Wildcats, Giants, and the Larks in Pony League.

Dan loved to cook, and his meatballs were always a hit and requested by family and friends for any type of party, or celebration they were having. But his favorite past time was enjoying his grandchildren, which were his pride and joy. He was always there at their games, from youth sports through high school, where he became an avid Fenwick Football fan and was very excited he was able to be in attendance at Gillette Stadium to see Bishop Fenwick win a state championship this past December. He also looked forward to watching his favorite TV shows, N.C.I.S. and Criminal Minds, on a weekly basis. His easygoing personality and sense of humor will be missed by everyone.

In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by his two children, Salem Police Lt. Stephen Bona and his wife, Dina; his daughter, Julie and her husband, Joseph Vetro; his grandchildren, Joseph, Nicholas and Stephanie Bona, all of Peabody; a brother, Edward Morin and his wife, Patricia, of Grand Rapids, Mich.; a sister, Mildred Adare of Fitchburg; sisters-in-law, Mary Lou and her husband, Paul LaRoque of Salem, and Camille Bona of East Boston; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, William Morin of Fitchburg, and Robert Bona of East Boston.

ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral will be held on Thursday, at 9:15 a.m., from the Murphy Funeral Home 85 Federal St., corner of North St., Salem, to be followed by a funeral Mass, at 10 a.m., in St. James Church, 156 Federal St, Salem. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours will be on Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m., in the Murphy Funeral Home. Interment will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Salem. For his guest book, or additional information, please call 978-744-0497, or visit