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In Memoriam


George "Bud" Bonner
George "Bud" Bonner
Class of 1964


Former Cradock Webmaster Dies


Virginia Beach - George Augustus Bonner Jr., "Bud", 66, died Sunday, June 03, 2012 in his home with his wife, Laura, at his side. A son of Portsmouth, he bravely battled Waldenstom's Macroglobulinemia and Amyloidosis. Bud was a friend to many and will be sorely missed. Bud was a US Navy veteran and retired from Civil Service after a career at the Naval Air Rework Facility and Naval Air Depot as a Program and Management Analyst, Aircraft Repair Foreman and Aircraft Electrician. In addition to his career, Bud had been a member of many organizations including the MENSA Society, the Experimental Aircraft Association, a Lifetime NRA and Virginia Sport Shooting Association member. He was a Six-gallon Blood Donor. In the 1980's and '90's, he was active with Harborfest, serving on the Executive Committee and acting as Concessions and Sponsorship Chairman. Until the time of his passing, Bud was active with the Norfolk County Rifle Range Association where he was on the board of directors and was an NRA-certified instructor. He was humble about winning both local and national marksmanship awards. A favorite activity was an annual pilgrimage to Ohio for the National Matches. A 1964 graduate of Cradock High School, Bud earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration magna cum laude from ODU. Bud was predeceased by his parents, George and Jean Bonner. He is survived by his loving wife, Laura Dunn, her children James and Jennifer, and her grandchildren Scott, Caitlin and Kate. He is also survived by his sister, Becky Yaeckel of Portsmouth and her daughter, Amy Street and husband Ray, and her son, Jake along with their families; and by his sister Betsy Brown, her husband Steve of Chesapeake, and their son, Wes. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 7, at Cradock Presbyterian Church, 39 Afton Parkway at 7 p.m. in Portsmouth. The family will receive friends an hour before the service. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to any SPCA. Condolences may be expressed at Interment will be private at a later date.

Published in The Virginian Pilot on June 5, 2012


Working with Bud Bonner was always a delightful experience. He was thoughtful in his responses, innovative in his work, a gentleman always.

For several years Bud managed the web site as its Webmaster. He was responsible for putting this website on the high road to being one of the best and most informative high school volunteer managed websites in the country.

Bud loved Cradock and its people and they loved him. He will be mightily missed by many people.

Rest in Peace Bud Bonner, will remain in our hearts.

In Bud's Honor & Memory