Michaels charm, humor, quick wit, passion for life & adventure is his legacy. Let us never forget this tall handsome gentle giant. When you think of Michael smile, for he enriched all our lives with laughter.
  • 50 years old
  • Born on November 4, 1961 in Bronx, New York, United States.
  • Passed away on July 31, 2012 in Independence, Ohio, United States.
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Michael Bonanno 50 years old , born on November 4, 1961 and passed away on July 31, 2012. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Lorraine Guerriero on 4th November 2018
Happy Birthday in Heaven Michael!! Watch over all your loved ones. I know their hearts ache and miss you SOOO much. I knew you as a child on Grace Avenue and wish I knew you in my later years and we all kept in touch. But things changed, your family moved away from Grace ave in the Bronx, but that doesn’t matter. We’re all connected in the heart. Rest In Peace!! Love, Lorraine
Posted by Lorraine Guerriero on 1st August 2018
Dearest Michael, It has been 6 years since you left this world. Although I didn’t know you personally, I knew you. You were a kind gentle soul. I know you’re with the angels and in the arms of your loved ones. May you Rest In Peace. Love, Lorraine
Posted by Joseph Bonanno on 31st July 2018
Dearest Brother, 6 years....all of us who knew and loved you, our annual and painful reminder of the giant, impossible to fill hole you left in the universe. A tribute yes and reminder of how your life, any life can change so many others. In the moments I can find comfort in your loss, it is that you were unaware just how much and how deeply you were loved or how profoundly it would change our lives. Peace....I still try to find that in a world without you and hope that you are at peace in the loving hands of God and surrounded by those who we've lost before. with, as always, my deepest love and respect, Joey
Posted by Paul Thompson on 31st July 2018
Mike, Tomorrow is a painful reminder for me and others. Memories of our adventures and travels in NYC, Fire Island, Greece, Hamptons, Hunter and your beloved Morro Bay always fill my mind. I cherished the many friendships with people you connected me to, I am so grateful for that and your legacy is kept alive through the conversations we have.
Posted by Bobby Bonanno on 8th June 2018
Michael, You were so much more than you ever thought. Beautiful, talented,funny, loving, creative, adventurous,caring, and selfless. If only you believed any of that. It is only with your light that I can find my way through life as it is now. Please know that you shine bright in all our lives leading us all to our best life that is only to honor yours.. Love, Bobby
Posted by Terence Walsh on 11th March 2018
Mike we met at spring break in fort lauderdale I remember hearing about you and could not wait to meet this FDNY larger then life guy. Well you did not disappoint! As like all other people you met, there was an instant connection and that continued through our careers in the FDNY. So many great memories from the FD to the hamptons to hunter mountain. Hanging with Joe B, Paul T, Joe T, Vaughn M etc etc etc I never expected for us to end our fun together but as life moves on our goals and responsibilities move us in different directions. Being at your wedding with Mike K was a treat and I think of you and your family often. I remember always having the best of times, you made everyone feel special and your ability to connect people together was one of your hallmarks " ya gotta meet this guy spider or paul or vaughn" etc etc etc Oh fire island where u made the newspaper no surprise... Vail with R Brandt etc it was just an amazing life we led all the while enjoying our careers and running into each other when you were in E 216 and myself in E 218 think we had a few hangovers together. Anyway Mike I hope you are at peace and watching over your family and friends keep us safe and happy Love you buddy.... Spiderman
Posted by Lorraine Guerriero on 4th November 2017
Dearest Michael, Happy Birthday in Heaven. You are SO missed and loved by all who knew you. I wish we had the chance to meet again after so many years that passed since you moved from the Bronx. I’m blessed I got to know the man you became through Joey. May you Rest In Peace. Love, Lorraine
Posted by Joseph Bonanno on 31st July 2017
My dear brother Michael, 5 years now and still your loss lingers on all who knew you. Our father passed this year. I do hope there is peace in heaven and forgiveness for you both. Us, who remain on earth, try to continue to both mourn your loss and celebrate your life. It has not nor ever will be easy to accept a world without you in it. Yours was a hole not easily filled but we will constantly try to honor your life by living out ours as best we can. Deep love and respect, Joey
Posted by Paul Thompson on 6th November 2016
Mike, I celebrated your birthday quietly to myself. Something completely unexpected took place that day that I'm sure you had a hand in! It was a great day and thank you for watching out for me. I think of you everyday!
Posted by Lorraine Guerriero on 4th November 2016
Dear Michael, Happy Birthday in Heaven. May you be celebrating with the heavenly angels. You are always in the heart of those who knew and love you. Rest in Peace. Love, Lorraine
Posted by Joseph Bonanno on 2nd August 2016
My Dear Brother Michael, here we are again, 4 years. I don't know if you can comprehend the hold you left in us and the universe....but ou did. As grief gives way to time, it has become a simple missing you and missing sharing our lives with you. We pray for your peace and please pray for ours until we meet again. your loving brother, Joey
Posted by Mary Ram on 1st August 2016
Dear Mike & Family ~ It's hard to believe that it's been 4 years ... You are still in my thoughts and prayers. I think of you fondly every time I'm in Manhattan and see an FDNY truck or FDNY Fire Fighter. You were here and you left your mark all over this town. You are loved and you are missed.
Posted by Lorraine Guerriero on 31st July 2016
Dear Michael, You are truly missed by all who knew and loved you. May you be resting peacefully in the arms of the Angels. Love, Lorraine
Posted by Lorraine Guerriero on 4th November 2015
Dearest Michael, Happy Birthday in Heaven. You are truly missed by all those who love you. I feel I've gotten to know you through your brother Joey. You were a special man with a heart of gold. Rest in Peace. Love, Lorraine
Posted by Joseph Bonanno on 31st July 2015
My Dear Brother and brother Firefighter, Here we are, once again to meet on this terrible date. 3 years and not a day goes by that you are not thought of and that will be with me and all of us, always. Your loss and how we lost you, has left all who knew you with, at times, an unbearable pain. We all hope you have found peace and look down upon us with God and send some peace our way to cope with your loss.
Posted by Lorraine Guerriero on 31st July 2015
Dear Michael, The last time I saw you we were children in the Bronx, but I'm blessed I got to know the wonderful, kind and loving man you had become through your brother Joey. May you Rest In Peace in the arms of the Angels. Love, Lorraine Guerriero
Posted by Joseph Bonanno on 4th November 2014
My dear brother Michael, the days pass slowly due to the grief yet again swiftly as time will,since you left us. These "anniversaries" highlight and remind all who loved and knew you, of your terrible passing. I pray there are "birthdays" in heaven and from all of us here among the living, Happy Birthday. Until we meet again, your loving brother, Joey
Posted by Lorraine Guerriero on 4th November 2014
Dear Michael, May you be resting peacefully in the arms of the Angels while they sing you the most beautiful chorus of Happy Birthday. Rest In Peace, Michael. Love Lorraine
Posted by Paul Thompson on 4th November 2014
Mike, Today is your 53rd birthday. I will keep you closer today and reflect on all of our adventures we had together, your life and family The impact you have had on my life is not measureable in any way I know. Your friendship meant the world to me. Love, Paul
Posted by Joseph Bonanno on 31st July 2014
My dear Brother and brother Firefighter, this day, each year, for the rest of our lives will mark a point in which my life and the lives of everyone who knew you was to be terribly changed. We all will continue the search for some meaning to your leaving us and although painful, attempt to honor your memory in all we do. Myself and the world continue to miss you every day of our lives. with deep love and respect, your brother, Joey
Posted by Lorraine Guerriero on 31st July 2014
Dear Michael, you are now a part of everyone who's life you touched with your love, humor and kindness. You were young, but God measures life not in years but by how much love you gave and your beautiful spirit lives on in the memories and hearts of all that knew you. Although I remember you only as a child in the Bronx, I know of the wonderful man you had become through your brother Joey. I know you are in Gods loving care. RIP Michael
Posted by Paul Thompson on 31st July 2014
Michael, Today brings extra sadness to me and all those who knew you. Your friendship is missed terribly. You and your family are held In our loving thoughts today as we try to cope with your loss and celebrate your life at the same time.
Posted by Mary Ram on 23rd July 2014
Mike ~ It has been a very long time since we last spoke .... I had no idea that the world had lost you, my old friend. You will be missed and remembered fondly by many ~ including me. Your gentle, kind soul touched so many people. God bless you and your family.
Posted by Paul Thompson on 1st August 2013
It has been an entire year since you have left this earth. I spent The day with your devoted wife Barbara, your precious Isabelle and your loving sister Donna. We honored your request by spreading your ashes at Morro Bay Rock and know we spoke of you in the highest regards! You are missed each & everyday. Love Paul & family.
Posted by Dennis Cavanagh on 31st July 2013
My best friend, Every day that passes I revert back to our days growing up, not only in our younger years but mostly all the good times we had as we grew older. When we would talk on the phone for hours remembering those times was just as good as living them. I miss you Mike. Go Browns.
Posted by Joseph Bonanno on 13th March 2013
My dear brother, Michael, you were, are and always will be deeply loved and respected by me and all who knew you. No words can properly speak to your loss. I have to believe that your presence on earth and our work at Ground Zero has earned you a permanent place in Gods' loving hands, our departed family, friends and firefighters. I pray that we will be together again one day Love, Joey

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