Emanuel Bono

April 12, 1921 - June 22, 2012

    Emanuel P. Bono, who grew up in East Hampton and worked his way through college as a waiter at the Maidstone Club, died in his sleep at home in San Leandro, Calif., on June 22. He was 91.
    He had been active until his final year, when he fell into a weakened state, fighting renal failure, his son David Bono said.
    His parents, Philip and Catherine Viscuso Bono, emigrated from Italy in the early 20th century, eventually settling in East Hampton, where the older Mr. Bono ran a barbershop.
    Born on April 12, 1921, Mr. Bono grew up above the barbershop with his family, graduating from East Hampton High School about 1939.
    Mr. Bono served in the Army during World War II as a teletype operator in the Signal Corps, stationed in New Guinea. It was there that he met his future wife, Nellie Calvi. They were married after the war in 1946, and lived in New York City while Mr. Bono attended New York University.
    After graduating, the Bonos moved to San Lorenzo, Calif., where he worked as principal and a schoolteacher for 30 years in the San Lorenzo Unified School District. He also pursued higher education, getting his master’s degree from San Jose State University. He retired in 1979.
    He was one of the founders of the San Lorenzo Little League, and acted as announcer at many of the games.
    A passionate baseball fan, he rooted for the New York Giants, making him one of the rare New York fans who wasn’t saddened when the Giants moved to Northern California. Mr. Bono was also a “proud member” of the Catholic faith. He loved writing poetry and had received and loved gathering the family together to go on long trips.
    “I remember traveling cross-country,” David Bono said. “We took a lot of road trips, the five of us in a station wagon with no air-conditioning.”
    Twice during the 1960s they drove all the way across the country to visit East Hampton.
    In addition to his son David Bono, who now lives in Fremont, Calif., Mr. Bono is survived by his children Hollie Adamic of San Lorenzo and Philip Bono of Gasquet, Calif. He also leaves six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
    Mrs. Bono died in 2005.
    After she died, he met Virginia Walcott of San Leandro, who became his companion for the last years of his life.
    Services for Mr. Bono are private.
    He will be buried in a Hayward, Calif., cemetery sometime next month.