Trinidad-born Justice of the Peace Prior Noel Bonas who was a widely known promoter of ” Carnival fetes,” died at his home in Brampton last Thursday after a brief ilness, He was 71.
His wife, Sandra, said he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last April.
Bonas who came to Canada in 1972, worked as an inspector with the Toronto Transit Commission before joining the Toronto Police Service in 1973. He served as a police officer until 1986.
Coleridge Rawlins who was a longtime friend of Bonas, recalled that as young boys in Trinidad, they both attended the same Anglican church and that their Sunday school teacher was Patrick Manning who later became prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago.
Rawlins said that after leaving the police service, Bonas went into the real estate business and became ” a top agent in Brampton.
” But when the bottom fell out of the market, Prior started to study along the legal lines. ”
In 2001, he was sworn in as Justice of the Peace and retired in 2014.
DJ Bad Lad (Ian Gould) recalled that Bonas was one of the organizers of ” the biggest annual ‘ carnival fete’ in the Greater Toronto Area,
“Thousands of people, many from outside of Canada, used to party at these fetes which were held in Caledon. They were known as the ‘doctors’ party’ or the ‘tennis court jam.’ Prior was a very popular promoter.”
His wife told The Caribbean Camera that he loved to travel and that they both became snowbirds after he retired.
“We would spend several months in the winter every year in Panama,” she said.
He leaves his wife and three sons, Mario, Matthew and Tyrone and three grandchildren.
A private private memorial service was held at Belgroves Funeral Chapel in San Fernando, Trinidad yesterday.
A “celebration of the life” of the late Prior Noiel Bonas will be held in Brampton on a date to be fixed.