Spanning Three Centuries of Service

16 Shea Place ~ New Rochelle, NY 10805

P: (914) 632-2700

F: (914) 632-3759

Louis James Bonomo

Lou was born January 15, 1944 to Louis and Anne Bonomo. He is survived by his brother Jim (Nancy), nephew Matt, niece Melia, loving cousins and friends.
He died February 7, 2021 from COVID 19.
Lou grew up in the Italian neighborhood, “Up The West,” in New Rochelle, New York. His four grandparents were Italian immigrants from Calitri and Cosenza. Lou told many stories about the colorful, supportive and caring people and businesses in that old neighborhood, including Millie’s, Viccaro’s and Saccone’s.
He has many lifelong friends going back as far as elementary school. He went to Columbus Elementary School, Isaac E. Young Junior High School and New Rochelle High School. He was Captain of his high school baseball team in 1962. He also played on an American Legion baseball team that made it to the New York State Finals.
Lou went to Husson College (now Husson University) in Bangor, Maine on a baseball scholarship. He was inducted into Husson’s Sports Hall of Fame. He graduated with a business degree. Once he realized his dream of being a professional baseball player was not to be, he began a career in business (banking) and sales (paper products then coffee).
But Lou did not stop playing baseball. He played for many years with the New Rochelle Robins in a baseball league which included many ex-minor league players. He was a catcher and third baseman. After the Robins, he played softball for many years in the competitive New Rochelle leagues. He also coached baseball for the 13-15 and 16-18 year-old groups in the New Rochelle Recreation Leagues, including his brother Jim’s team one year.
He then decided to pursue photography as a profession. He had a studio and dark room in New York City. Lou traveled across the country to take photographs. His brother Jim accompanied him on memorable photo trips to Colorado and Hawaii. Lou’s photographs appeared in magazines, calendars, on Television ads and extensively in Avon catalogues.
After many years as a photographer, Lou moved back to New Rochelle and took care of his elderly parents until their deaths.
Lou also switched gears and became a Disc Jockey. He became known as DJ Swingzooti. As he was in photography, Lou was very professional in his approach to his music business. He played music at multiple venues, specializing in big band and swing. His nephew Matt was his assistant at many of his DJ jobs. Louis had a life long love of music. His favorite performer was Frank Sinatra. A highlight for Lou was being the DJ at his 50th high school reunion, playing old favorites from the 50’s and 60’s. He was assisted by his “little brother Jimmy” at that event and a splendid time was had by all!
Louis was a lifelong Yankees, Rangers, Giants and Notre Dame fan. Mickey Mantle was his baseball idol. One of Lou’s amazing photographs was a shot from above of the Notre Dame team’s gold helmets as the players were running through the tunnel out to the field.
Lou loved fishing his whole life, both fresh and salt water.
He never met a stranger. Lou could pick up a conversation with anyone anywhere.
Family and friends have so many wonderful memories of Louis that make us laugh and even cry, laughing so hard at his stories!
Lou fought a tough battle against many medical issues since June 2019, but in the end, the effects of the Covid virus proved too much for him.
He will be missed deeply by all who loved him.

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