PRINCETON, NJ – Sergio Bonotto, 92, passed away peacefully on April 11, 2018 in Princeton, NJ. Born in Torino, Italy, he and his parents moved to Princeton in 1940 after coming to the U.S. as war refugees. Son of the late Constanza Vegezzi-Bossi and Dr. Michael Bonotto. Mrs. Bonotto was the art teacher at Princeton Day School and the Princeton YMCA in the 1960's and 1970's.
He attended the Massimo D'Azeglio School in Turin and graduated from Princeton High School in 1944; held a B.A. degree in chemistry from Princeton University as well as a M.A. degree from Columbia University.
In 1945, he served in the U.S. Army 86th Infantry, and was wounded by mortar fire in Germany. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart.
He spent several years working as a Research Assistant at Princeton's School of Engineering, and his business career with Union Carbide Corporation in Bound Brook, NJ, New York, and São Paulo, Brazil. His original research on ethylene copolymers was published in the ACS Journal and other technical publications. He became an executive manager for Union Carbide's operations in Brazil for four years, afterwards marketing their plastics to Latin America from a base in NYC.
Mr. Bonotto was an avid skier and sailor. A member of the Montclair Ski Club, Montclair, NJ, he was President from 1955 to 1959; he was on the National Ski Patrol for over 20 years, including at Sugarbush, VT and Great Gorge, NJ. As a sailor, he completed navigation courses with the U.S. Power Squadron; and chartered a 42-foot ketch to cruise the New England Coast in the 1950's and 60's.
After early retirement, his pursuits included greeting cards and watercolors; and had exhibits in Italy and the United States. He wrote short stories with a light, dry wit. He was also a member of the "Romeo Retired Men's" group that met in Princeton. His last interview concerned the POW camp for Italian-Americans in Belle Mead.
Mr. Bonotto is predeceased by his wife of over 50 years, Mary Farrar Bonotto, and survived by his two sons: Michael Bonotto and fiancé Michele Furyk, Robert Bonotto of Arlington, Mass. Also extended families Balbiani and Pelegrino of Italy.
A memorial service will be announced later at Trinity Church, of Princeton, NJ.
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