Thursday 17 February 2022
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Armand Leo Bonin III, 56, of Lincoln, Rhode Island, died at home on February 4, 2022 after a long and brave battle with cancer. Born May 28, 1965 in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. He was the son of the late Armand L. Bonin Jr. of North Smithfield and Claire (O’Neill) Dike of North Smithfield. He lived with his Lincoln fiancée Dyan Boucher, whom he described as the love of his life and his soul mate. He also leaves behind his beloved children Armand L. Bonin IV of Maine and Brittany L. Bonin of Florida, sister Judith Duquette and her husband Dennis of Smithfield, and brother Thomas Bonin and wife Monique of Tiverton, granddaughter Aubree Lynn Bonin of Maine and several nieces and a nephew. Armand is also survived by his beloved dog, Gizmo, who brought him great comfort, happiness, and love throughout his life and illness.
Armand grew up graduating from high school and lived in North Smithfield before moving to Lincoln.
Armand worked for DePetrillo’s in North Providence as a young teenager. He worked for Polytop Corporation in Slatersville and Rick’s Auto Body in Warwick. At the same time, he worked weekends and holidays as a guard for Securitas Security at the Lincoln Mall. Armand then opened and ran his own car detailing business (Diamond Auto Polishing) in Smithfield and most recently in Johnston. Armand was a hard worker and didn’t mind working long hours. He took great pride in his work and valued all of his customers. He was kind, generous and valued all the friendships he made along the way.
Armand loved traveling to Maine on Memorial Day weekends for his birthday, and particularly enjoyed his annual trips with Dyan to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He enjoyed their weekly hookups at their favorite Chinese restaurant, where they shared pictures and silly videos on social media. He was also interested in health and fitness and belonged to several gyms in the area. He loved lifting weights and was very proud of his physique. Armand was a car enthusiast and has owned several Corvettes, dirt bikes and motorcycles throughout his life. He could often be seen feeding or rescuing a stray or injured cat, bird, frog or other animal in distress. He enjoyed feeding and watching the birds and squirrels. He has owned many animals throughout his life, including dogs, cats, rabbits, and an iguana.
The final arrangements are private at Armand’s request. It was very important to Armand that he be remembered as the vibrant person he was before his illness, loving his fiancé, family, friends and the simple life he shared with Dyan and Gizmo.
The family would like to thank the Continuum hospice and palliative care staff for their support during this difficult time. He will be greatly missed by all who loved and knew him.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the Rhode Island Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals on Armand’s behalf.
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