Niagara Gazette


March 20, 2013

Nicholas J. "Nick" Bonghi


Nicholas J. "Nick" Bonghi, longtime resident of Niagara Falls, passed away suddenly on Monday, March 18, 2013 at his home. He was 97. He was born in Reynoldsville, PA on February 16, 1916, a son of the late Giovanni and Carmella (Giordano) Bonghi.
He moved with his family to Niagara Falls in 1924 and attended local schools and in 1941 he entered the United States Army serving in the Cavalry during WWII. "Mr. Nick" was the last of the United States Cavalry to serve on horseback and was saddened when he had to trade in his beloved horse "Paco" for an M-4 Tank.
He served with 711th Tank Battalion in Hawaii, Leyte and Okinawa for 21 months and received numerous commendations including the American Defense Service Medal, the American Theater Medal, The Philippine Liberation Medal with 3 Bronze Stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Theater Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. After his Honorable Discharge on December 30, 1945, he married Mary Jane Gagliardo and they remained happily married until her passing in 2000. He worked for many years as a crane operator with Union Carbide until his retirement in 1976. After his retirement he began a hobby "scrapping" and riding around the River Road and Buffalo Avenue areas on his 3-wheel bike collecting bottles, cans and scrap metal from the roadside and was well known by many in the LaSalle area.
Mr. Nick is survived by his son, Roger Bonghi of Arizona; granddaughter, Savannah; daughter-in-law, Lynn (late Nicholas) Bonghi; grandson, Randy Abate; niece, Louise Keene; and nephews, John Bonghi and David Stebbins. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his son, Nicholas P. (Lynn) Bonghi (2011); and six siblings, Nicholas, Concetta, Vincenzo (James), Pauline and Antoinette.
There will be no prior visitation and burial will be at the convenience of the family.
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