John Bona Obituary

John P.
John P. "Jack" Bona

March 27, 1946 - July 18, 2019
Born in Buffalo, New York
Resided in Williamsville, New York
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BONA - John P. "Jack"
July 18, 2019 at age 73. Beloved father of John (April Capozzi) Bona, Dean Bona and Gino (Stephanie Parry) Bona; cherished grandfather of Lucia, Quentin and Johnny Bona; son of the late John and Rosemary (nee Provenzano) Bona; former husband and friend of Camille (nee Cardino) McOwen; also survived by loving friends and family. The family will be present to receive friends on Sunday from 3-7 PM at the (Amherst Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC. 5200 Sheridan Dr. (at Hopkins Rd) where services will immediately follow at 7:00 PM. Interment will be held Monday, 11:00 AM at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, 800 Pine Ridge. Please assemble at the cemetery office. Flowers gratefully declined. Share condolences at
Buffalo News Obituary Version
March 27, 1946 - July 18, 2019

John P. Bona, a businessman who co-founded the Dome indoor golf facility in Williamsville, died July 18 at his Getzville home. He was 73.

Known as "Jack," Mr. Bona was born in Buffalo and grew up on the West Side. He graduated from St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, and attended St. Bonaventure University, where he earned a bachelor of arts in history.

In 1994, Mr. Bona, Tony McKegney and Russell Salvatore combined their passion for golf and entrepreneurship by opening Caddyshack Golf Dome, the first indoor driving range in Western New York. Located on Wehrle Drive, it was later renamed the Dome.

That occurred after Mr. Bona in 1985 became the principal shareholder and president of Bridgewater Country Club in Fort Erie, Ont.

Mr. Bona also pursued other business interests. He started the John P. Bona Insurance Agency in 1970, which he owned and operated for nearly 25 years.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Mr. Bona also launched a handful of restaurants and bars in Western New York and Fort Erie, including Big Shotz on Chippewa Street in the mid-1990s. During this time he served as president of the Buffalo Ad Club.

In the latter part of that decade, Mr. Bona and partners developed Lockwood Estates, a residential subdivision in the Town of Lockport.

He began his career at Twin Fair department stores and managing Kenmore Towers (now Kendev Studios) in Kenmore.

Mr. Bona enjoyed golfing, racquetball, driving his Corvette, and spending time with his family, including at their residence in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Survivors include his former wife, Camille McOwen; three sons, John, Dean and Gino; and three grandchildren.

Services were held Monday at Calvary Cemetery, 800 Pine Ridge Heritage Blvd., Cheektowaga.




Amherst Chapel
5200 Sheridan Drive
Amherst, NY US 14221
Sunday, July 21, 2019
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Amherst Chapel
5200 Sheridan Drive
Amherst, NY US 14221
Sunday, July 21, 2019
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Mt. Calvary Cemetery
800 Pine Ridge Heritage
Buffalo, NY US 14225
Monday, July 22, 2019
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