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Funeral Mass Set for Dr. John Bonacci, Former Berkeley Heights Councilman

Dr. John Carl Bonacci

Dr. John Carl Bonacci, 81, of Murray Hill, NJ passed away with his family by his side on February 20, 2017.

Visiting will be held in Paul Ippolito Berkeley Memorial, 646 Springfield Ave., Berkeley Heights on Friday, Feb. 24th from 4-8 PM. The Funeral Mass will be held at the Church of the Little Flower in Berkely Heights, NJ on Saturday, February 25 at 10 AM. Entombment to follow at St. Teresa’s Cemetery, Summit. For information or to send condolences visit

John was born and raised in Utica, NY and has resided in Murray Hill for over 40 years. 

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He was a 1953 graduate of Proctor High School in Utica, NY, after which he went on to receive his Bachelors of Science Degree and Masters of Science Degree in chemical engineering from Clarkson University. He also received a Ph.D in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He was a registered professional engineer in New York State and a United States Patent Agent.

Over a 42-year industrial career, John was awarded 101 patents in the U.S. and 18 countries internationally. He held numerous research and development positions with the U.S. Air Force Research Center, DuPont Chemical Corporation, Mobil Oil, and the Engelhard Corporation, where he held high-level executive positions, including vice president and general manager of worldwide research.  

While at Mobil Oil, John completed groundbreaking work applying a mathematical theory to modeling gasoline manufacturing. His scientific accomplishments at Engelhard included leading teams that developed processes to purify passenger cabin air in jet aircraft, removed pollutants from the exhaust of co-generation plants, and significantly improved the process to enhance fertilizer production.

After 25 years with Fortune 200 Companies, John continued his professional achievements by co-founding the Catalytic Manufacturing Company and his own technical and business consulting firm, Fibonacci Incorporated. John also served as an adjunct professor at both Rutgers University and Stevens Institute of Technology.

John’s significant contributions in engineering and science were recognized when he was named one of the youngest Fellows of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and was elected to membership in the Sigma Xi Honorary Society and the New York Academy of Sciences. He was also chairman of the NJ Energy Research Council appointed by Governor Brendan Byrne.  John was honored with Clarkson’s most prestigious alumni award, the Golden Knight Award, for outstanding career achievement.

John was also well known in the community. He was elected and served a four year term as Councilman for the Township of Berkeley Heights. He was a member of the Mt. Carmel Society of Berkeley Heights, a member of the New Providence Knights of Columbus, and a member of the Summit Old Guard. John was also a past President of the South Jersey Chapter of Toastmasters International.

John is the beloved husband of 59 years of Annette (nee Masella); loving father of Carla Jean Bonacci (husband Robert McNamara) and JoAnne Marie Bonacci (husband D.J. Camerson, II); dear brother of Eugene Bonacci, Roseann Chiellino and the late Jeanette Beratta; cherished grandfather of Caroline Bonacci McNamara and Evan Murphy McNamara; brother-in-law of Pamela Bonacci, Sandra Paniccia and her husband Santo, Gene Masella and his wife Joyce, and the late Robert Beratta. Beloved uncle to 18 nieces and nephews and 32 great-nieces and great-nephews.

Should friends desire, flowers can be sent to Paul Ippolito Berkeley Memorial or donations may be made in John’s name to Autism Speaks for New Jersey

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