The condolences continue following the passing Monday morning of Mr. Tony Bonanno. The arrangements for the viewing and funeral have been made. The viewing will take place Thursday night, February 10, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Murphy-Ruffenach Funeral Home at 3rd and Wolf in South Philadelphia. The viewing will continue Friday morning from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. The funeral Mass will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Roman Catholic Church. The members of Quaker City String Band will attend the viewing and funeral. Maria and her family suggest that anyone considering a contribution in Tony’s name, please consider donating to the Joan Karnell Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital. Here’s the link: http://www.pennmedicine.org/pahosp/cancer/ .
To say that Tony was quite a guy is about as much of an understatement as one could make. But, Tony was not alone in being wonderful. His wife, Maria, easily gives him a run for his money. There has not been a finer couple. Maria was the model of grace, dignity and friendship last night, as family, friends and members of the Quaker City String Band family filled her row home. It also has been reassuring about the goodness of people to see so many members of Quaker City and the larger Mummer community show their support in so many ways in recent weeks. When I saw Quaker President Harry Brown, Jr., at Maria and Tony’s house last night, he had already been there for 11 hours. The heartfelt loss experienced by so many people who are not technically Tony and Maria’s family shows the impact they have had and the goodness of these Mummers who live the meaning of the words friend and family. People like Susan and Bob Shannon. Susan was the matchmaker who got Maria and Tony together. You did well, Susan. An interesting, perhaps, wonderful, maybe even necessary trait of the human condition is that in time the pain of these days will subside. Not forgotten, but the deep loss will be placed where it does not paralyze anymore. That day will come for those who mourn the passing of Tony Bonanno. But, even more wonderful than coping, is that the great memories of Tony and the love of life that flowed from him will remain, indeed, thrive in all who knew him.