Vernon G. Bonar, 49

Vernon Bonar

Vernon Bonar

STONEHAM — Vernon G. “Vern” Bonar, 49, of Stoneham died unexpectedly, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016 at his beloved home in Stoneham.

Vern was born on Aug. 4, 1967, in Portsmouth, N.H., a son of Gale Bonar and Linda (Davis) Coggeshall. He attended Milton, N.H. schools and went on to attend New Hampshire Technical Institute.
 For several years in southern New Hampshire, Vern worked at various businesses in shipping and receiving. He also worked as an EMT and firefighter in Farmington, N.H. and most recently with the Stoneham Rescue.
 Vern moved to Stoneham in 2014 after purchasing an old farmhouse in town. That home has been a labor of love for he and his fiancée, Sarah, from refurbishing the interior to bringing back gardens and animals to the property.

Although having congenital heart issues since birth, it didn’t keep Vern from doing what he loved, especially in the outdoors. He enjoyed the work on the farm, helping neighbors and friends when he could, and hiking, which he spent time enjoying during his last days, having hiked two 4,000 foot peaks.

Vern is survived by his mother, Linda Coggeshall of North Conway, N.H.; his fiancée, Sarah Merriam of Stoneham; his daughters, Bridgett Bonar of Farmington, N.H., Brooke Bonar of Stoneham and Natalie Merriam of Stoneham; siblings, Marie Parent of Springvale, Cheri Collins of Winnsboro, S.C., Walter Coggeshall of Hollis, Scott Bonar of Chillicothe, Ohio, Mark Bonar of Chillicothe, Ohio, and J. Michael Bonar of Rochester, N.H.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father, Gale Bonar.

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Funeral services were held Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016 at Wood Funeral Home, 9 Warren Street, Fryeburg. Private family interment was at the Hillside Cemetery in Stoneham.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be given in Vern’s memory to the Stoneham Rescue, P.O. Box 42, Stoneham, ME 04231.

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