Walter Bruce Boname, 56, of Cape Vincent, died while
adventuring on the island of Eleuthera, Bahamas, on Feb. 3.
A man who was surrounded by life, he spent each day living
for the world around him. He was happiest out in the woods,
out on the boat, or with his family. The wind set his sails
towards his goals, and his love for the environment set his
standards. He was a truly unique individual full of
Walter resided on the St. Lawrence River where he was the
definition of a true river rat. One of his greatest joys was
the hours spent gardening at home; with a garden of the
highest caliber, his green thumb will never be forgotten.
Walter was brought into this world, a leap year baby, by his
grandfather, Dr. Mat G. Boname, in 1956 in Norwich, N.Y. He
graduated from Oxford Academy in Oxford, N.Y., and attended
South Hampton University on Long Island.
He married Audrey L. Block on Sept. 10, 1989, at their home
on the St. Lawrence River.
A New York State licensed hunting and fishing guide for 25
years, Walter was an environmental conservationist and
His secondary home was the island of Eleuthera, where he was
respected and loved as a fisherman and free diver. He was a
member of the NYS Guides Association.
He leaves behind his wife and companion of 36 years, Audrey
Boname; two daughters, Julia E. Boname, Rochester and Holly
C. Boname, Watertown; his mother and father, Walter C. and Charlotte Boname, Etters, Pa.; two sisters, Lynda
Mathuog and Dr. Mary Boname and two brothers-in-law, Ben
Fazio and Derek Mathoug, all of N.J.; his mother-in-law,
Eleanor Block, Conn.; an aunt, one uncle, three nieces, a
nephew, and several cousins.
A brother, David, died in infancy.
Walter will be loved and remembered for his adventurous
being, compassion, inspiring wisdom, knack at catching a
fish even on the worst of days, his navigation skills as a
sailor bringing him to many harbors across the eastern
seaboard, for loving his family and others unconditionally,
and for giving the best hugs in the entire world. Walter’s
philosophy was to “Fill your days with life, not your life
with days.” He will be greatly missed by many.
Calling hours will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at
Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton. The funeral service
will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at River Community
In lieu of flowers the family would like to continue
Walter's legacy by having contributions made to ‘Kids to
Camp Fund’ a New York State Summer Environmental Education
Camp. Donations can be sent to: NYSOGA, Craig Tryon, 2365
Olanco Road, Marietta, NY, 13110.
Condolences to the family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.
Information provided by Cummings
Funeral Service and Newzjunky.com, Watertown