Obituary of William J. Bonacker
William "Billy" J. Bonacker, a beloved son, brother, uncle, and friend to many, passed away on January 23rd, 2024, in Albany, NY. Born on January 25th, 1947, to Harold and Rita Bonacker in Albany, Billy lived a life filled with love for his family and friends.
As a young man growing up in Albany during the tumultuous years of the Vietnam War era, Billy felt called to serve his country. He bravely enlisted in the United States Army and served as part of the elite 82nd Airborne Division. His dedication and sacrifice during this time earned him respect from all who knew him.
After returning home from his service in Vietnam, Billy found solace in nature through fishing and hunting. He had an innate connection with the outdoors that brought him peace and joy throughout his life. His passion for wildlife extended beyond just hunting; he was known for rescuing cats and dogs over the years - providing them with loving homes where they could thrive.
In addition to being an animal lover and outdoor enthusiast, Billy possessed an impressive knowledge of American wars, weaponry, and aircrafts. His expertise was admired by many who sought out his insights into these subjects.
However, it was not just his hobbies that defined him; it was also his generous spirit that touched so many lives. Whether it was lending a helping hand or offering thoughtful advice to those around him - Billy's kindness knew no bounds.
One of Billy's greatest joys came from spending time with friends he had made over six decades ago - friendships forged through shared experiences both joyful and challenging. These enduring connections were a testament to the impact he had on others' lives.
Billy is survived by his brother Ed Bonacker; nephew EJ Bonacker; numerous cousins; as well as countless friends whose lives were forever changed by knowing him.
The loss of William "Billy" J. Bonacker will be deeply felt by all who had the privilege of knowing such a remarkable man. May we find comfort in our memories of times spent together - may they bring us solace during this difficult time.
A service of remembrance will be offered at the W.J. Lyons, Jr. Funeral Home 1700 Washington Avenue Rensselaer, Thursday, January 25th, at 11:30AM. All are welcome to attend. Relatives and friends are invited and may call prior to the service on Thursday commencing at 10 AM. Interment will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, East Greenbush. Condolence page may be found at www.wjlyonsfuneralhome.com
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in William's memory to the American Diabetes Association Get Involved | ADA (diabetes.org)
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