I will miss walking by your beautiful home with your perfectly sculptured yard and saying hello morning noon and night as I walked my dog. You were s great neighbor and will be missed by many of us in the neighborhood. I hope you have found peace. Loree Martin
I remember when I first met Bon. He had contacted me to discuss selling his home and he was "on the fence" about it. Several meetings later, I learned more and more about Bon and enjoyed the stories he would tell. Bon's property exemplified his pride, workmanship and attention to detail. He was a unique character that enjoyed the simpler things in life that most of us take for granted. Eventually, I came to the realization that Bon just wasn't ready to sell because he would never find another home that suited him. I consider myself fortunate to have met Bon because he has reminded me to "stop and smell the roses". Thanks Bon!...Rest In peace my friend.
Bon was a good friend, a good neighbor. and a hard working man.
Bon, May you rest in peace.
Bon was, as his obituary states, a very active and visible tender-of-home-and-lawn, hedge- and-garden; he showed elegant landscaping and inspired some of us to be at least half as attentive. Better than that, really! Clearly he was dedicated to making a cherished and well-cared for home.
We exchanged greetings the times our walking (or my driving-by) overlapped. I knew he was a faithful employee of Birkett Mills. As a relative newcomer to Penn Yan -- 26 years -- for me, he has always been one of those people who anchored the neighborhood -- even as others have come and gone. Once he showed me something of the inside of his house. The little he shared with me about his family gave witness to a deep love and longing.
As I know now, that likely reflected something of the struggles and anguish he with his family faced during life in Laos and Thailand -- and during the journey to the US and this little village where he patiently and determinedly built a home and life, and gave of himself to help make us grateful for having lived and worked among us. I am sure it was harder that it seemed. I am saddened that he was hurting more than I knew and so I wish I'd reached out more.It is good he is freed from suffering. I do hope that in missing him and the ways he shared himself and his passion with his neighbors and community as best we could receive it -- I will honor a man who gave us -- well, at least me -- more than I once knew. -- Elizabeth Boesen, a neighbor.
One thing for certain everyone knew the pride that he took in his flowers, his garden, his landscape and his home.
Bon was always willing to lend a helping hand.
He will be greatly missed in the neighborhood.
My condolences to the family.
Kathy Marchenese .
You will be missed Bonn. Thank you for your kind and thoughtful ways. I’m fortunate to have met you and had you for a neighbor.
We all marveled at your beautiful property and those meticulously kept hedges.
My condolences to his loved ones and may you Rest In Peace Bonn.
We were so sorry to hear of Bon’s passing. We too, live on Court St & he always had a friendly wave each time we’d pass his house. He took such pride in his house & it’s surroundings! It will surely never look that nice again. God speed, sweet man....
My sincere sympathy to Bonn’s family. We will miss seeing him on the corner working in his yard and flowers.
I always remember the pride Bon took of his home and garden. I know that this pride extended to all the things he did. He was the immigrant that made America great. I know that his memory will live on in the hearts and minds of all who knew him.
Bon was a good neighbor on Court Street. He greatly improved his home and yard while he lived on Court Street. I was always amazed at how perfectly he trimmed all the bushes around his home and how lovely the landscape always looked. He will be missed by all his neighbors.
I am so saddened to read of Bon’s death. I helped Bon learn English when he first came to the US. He and my dad formed a friendship when my dad helped him get his job at Birkett’s. When my dad was dying with cancer, Bon visited him. He and I always spoke when seeing each other. He was a proud and wonderful man. May he Rest In Peace. Elaine Champlin Gleason
Som and Nonnie, so sorry to hear of your father's passing. Prayers to you and your family.