Victor  Bonat

Obituary of Victor Lowell Bonat

Victor Lowell Bonat, age 80, of St. Petersburg, Florida, passed away peacefully on

November 11, 2019 in his home. Victor was born on April 29th, 1939 to Victor and Ede

Anderson Bonat (Brandon) in Wichita, Kansas. Victor attended St. Mary’s High School,

Kapaun High School, and Georgetown University for one year before joining the US

Navy. Victor begged Barbara Josephine Ludwig to marry him and finally she consented

on January 4, 1964. They would have 54 years of love and companionship together. After

being honorably discharged, he worked with his friends and founders of the first Pizza

Hut where he became one of the original franchisees. After franchising Pizza Hut in the

DC area and Mexico, and Wyoming ; Victor was the consummate entrepreneur, owning a

BBQ restaurant, assisted living homes, a home warranty business and other ventures.

He was a devoted Catholic, completing Education for Parish Service, taught CCD, joined

the Knights of Columbus, and was Eucharistic Minister. He ran his businesses in a

Catholic manner, offering loans, providing down payments and other assistance for his

employees in need. Victor also served on the boards of International Pizza Hut

Franchisee Association and Gunston School.

A king of the one-liner and non sequitur, he had many friends he was devoted to

including Marcus Clark, Jerry Aaron, Dan Shedrick and Jack Shelton. He was an avid

hunter, sailor and fisherman and enjoyed being with his children. Victor and Barbara

lived an adventurous life of travel, a sojourn on the water on the Eastern Shore of

Maryland and an extended adventure in their Airstream trailer with their dogs Mac and

Tanner. They ultimately retired to St. Petersburg, FL.

Victor is survived by his loving wife, Barbara, and children, Gretchen Haddad and

husband, Joseph Haddad, Christian Bonat and wife Dr. Sandra Bonat, Trevor Bonat and

wife Stephanie Bonat, grand children Alexandra, Abigail, Elizabeth, Lucia and Jane, and

his siblings, Janice Eve Bonat, Frank Philip Bonat, James Paul Bonat, and Gregory Myler

Bonat. Cousins Steve and Ann Smith and Monty Smith. Sisters-in-law: Bary Anne Davis (James G.), Sara and Joe Stejskal; many nephews and nieces.

Fr. Emery will preside at a mass to celebrate his life with a Holy Mass on November 18 at

Holy Cross Catholic Church 7851 54 Ave N. There will be a reception and light luncheon after

services at The Church Hall. His interment will be at the Veterans Administration Cemetery, Bay Pines, FL at 2 pm. A second reception will be planned on his birthday in Virginia in the spring.

The family would like to thank Empath Health Hospice and the Veterans Administration

Home Based Primary Care for their loving support of Victor through his decline. In lieu of

flowers, please send memorial donations to the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia

( ) 9535 Linton Hall Rd., Bristow, VA 20136, a community

Victor cared deeply about.


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Funeral Mass

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Monday, November 18, 2019
Holy Cross Catholic Church
7851 54th Ave. No.
St. Petersburg, Florida, United States


2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Monday, November 18, 2019
Bay Pines National Cemetery
10000 Bay Pines Blvd.
Bay Pines, , Florida, United States
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