Ronald Paul "Ron" Bonneau
1941 - 2021
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October 29, 1941 ˜ March 24, 2021

Ron was born Oct. 29, 1941, to Paul Bonneau and Eleanor Lewis. He passed away peacefully March 24, 2021.
Ron worked for the Vancouver Laborers Union working on the construction of the Bonneville Dam. His love for classical music and reading lead him to open his own store Northside Record and Books. He also worked for Winchell Donuts and Bonneau Products.
He was proceeded in death by his parents, Paul Bonneau and Eleanor Lewis; and brother Randy Bonneau.
He is survived by his daughter, Yvette Bonneau of Washougal, WA; grandson, Brandon and his wife Billie Ek-Bonneau of La Center; granddaughter, Robyn and her husband Leo Fennel of Vancouver, WA; and great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Samantha, Lui, Abby and Emily.
In lieu of flowers and funeral ceremony the family asks that you hold your loved ones and always live the blessed life you yearn to live.
“Never shall I forget the time I spent with you. Please continue to be my friend, as you will always find me yours.”
-Ludwig Van Beethoven
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 31, 2021.
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April 7, 2021
I miss him,16 yrs together
Ramona Aasen
April 4, 2021
I am extremely saddened to learn of Ron's passing. I have known him for 35 years and have rarely met anyone who was as passionate about music as he. We both shared a fanatical admiration for conductor Arturo Toscanini.
Ron possessed a singular wit, had a great sense of humor and was certainly one of the most knowledgeable people I have ever known. We had many spirited discussions about music, art, politics, religion and a variety of other topics. He was extremely opinionated and at times could be quite obstinate, but he was also a generous person, always willing to help others if he could.
Though Ron bought and sold records and books, he would often buy unusual or practically worthless items people brought to his shop. "If it helps them out, it's worth it to me", he would say. Word must have gotten out in the neighborhood that Ron was a soft touch for hardly a day would go by when somebody didn't bring in something to peddle; and the visitor more often than not left the shop at least a dollar or two richer.
I lost contact with Ron quite some time ago and had made attempts to locate him without success. I missed him, but now I shall miss him infinitely more. Ron was an extraordinary person and I feel fortunate to have known him.
My profound condolences to all his family and friends.
Doug Rollins
April 3, 2021
Ron was a good friend to my dad, Gene. All of my Dad’s family knew him and loved him.

His passion for classical music was amazing and he loved to share it with others. He would often bring my sister, Kim, albums of a symphony which she was preparing for when she played viola for the Eugene Jr Symphony Orchestra.

Ron was also an accomplished power lifter. I remember talking with him about his admiration for the sport and his fellow athletes.

I will miss his friendship and kindness. He was a great friend.
Peter Salvey
April 2, 2021
I'm so sorry to hear of Ron's passing. He was a good friend to my older brothers Jerry and Gene. And really a good friend to our whole family. Ron sure did love classical music, didn't he? I didn't share that love of classical music with him, as I'm more of a classic rock guy, but we did share the same birthday. Celebrated a few of those together back in the day. He will be missed...
Earl Salvey
April 1, 2021
Ron is the best thing that ever happened in my life.
He gave me time and education of art, music and wine. I loved going to his little store when I could. I helped build shelves and sand. I will miss our talks.
Bridget Bevard -Bloodstone
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