Colin Bonnett

Colin Bonnett was a gentleman — a Harley-Davidson-riding, bodybuilder sort of gentleman. Born in Barbados, he had been raised with Caribbean good manners that said that a door was always to be opened for a lady and that her chair should be pulled out when she sat.

He also had deep empathy for animals, and had recently rescued a stray kitten that had been wandering around his family’s home in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

But he also had an adventurous streak that put him on horseback with his 10-year- old son, Kody, on most weekends, or on his motorcycle. He pushed himself hard with a physical fitness regimen that included weight lifting, jogging, countless situps and no junk food. Ever.

Mr. Bonnett’s natural graces helped get him his job at Marsh & McLennan, where he was a telecommunications programmer. In the early 1990’s he had been working as an assistant to a Manhattan veterinarian and was about to lose his job because the doctor was closing his practice. One of the customers was a Marsh executive who invited Mr. Bonnett, 39, to fill out an application. He was transferred to the World Trade Center by the company only a few months ago.

Copyright (c) 2001 by The New York Times Co. Reprinted by permission.

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I googled Colin's name and even checked face-book to see if I could find you..I am in shock and extremely saddened to find out about Colin passing away...I knew Colin from when we worked together at the aforementioned Veterinarian in NYC, back in the late 80's. He was truly always a gentleman and a very dependable and funny co-worker. My sincere condolences to his family on such a tragic loss. Blessings always !!
Norma, Colleague
Oct 25 2011 12:31PM
Colin, I have thought about you over these last ten years. You were such a wonderful person to work with. You always had a kind word for everyone and had a smile on your face. I loved hearing the stories about you and your little boy and the dude ranches. Your were a gentleman.
Faye Walker, Friend
Sep 11 2011 11:10AM
i love u
lilzzzzzzz, Family
Mar 7 2010 12:05AM
Colin, I have thought of you often since your passing. I remember how nice you were to me when I first came up to the 44th floor. You were always there to lend a hand and always had a smile on your face. May God bless you and your family always.
Anne Marie Cutone, Colleague
Sep 11 2008 9:36AM
Colin you will always be in my heart, you are surely missed. RIP
Sylvia, Friend
Sep 8 2008 12:02PM
im kody's friend kevin thorne.....your son kody is special and he looks alot like you...
kevin thorne, Friend
Apr 10 2008 1:51PM
I've not even been aware of the fact that I could post a tribute until now. I've had the opportunity to work with Colin at the 1166 office. What can I say that has not already been said? He was a warm and caring person, soft spoken, his attitude never changed during the years I knew him, he was the same every time I saw him, it was like he never had a bad day. Wonderful family man always recounting his adventures with his son. I'm no longer at 1166 but I just not could not let this day go by without sayin but he is still remembered. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family
Emilia, Colleague
Sep 11 2007 10:32AM
Colin was as many have said before me a kind gentleman. I too enjoyed talking to him on the phone listening to his calming voice and gentle manner. He helped me many times, always a willing friend. Colin and his family are my prayers. God Bless. Ronnie
Ronnie Thyben, Colleague
Sep 10 2003 2:40PM
I asked God for water, He gave me an ocean. I asked God for a flower, He gave me a garden. I asked God for a tree, He gave me a forest. I asked God for a friend, He gave me you. Colin I miss you very much and I will never forget you. Mary
Mary O'Donnell, Friend
Sep 20 2002 4:12PM
I am a former colleague of Colin's. Colin and I worked together in the Telecom Dept. of Marsh in 1998. I am honored to have known such a warm, compassionate man and devoted father. I remember Colin always coming in on a Monday and telling me how great his weekends with his wife and son were. Colin and I shared many laughs together and I am a better person for having had the chance to get to know him. God bless you Colin. You are sorely missed.
Arthur Notarbartolo, Colleague
Sep 12 2002 4:03PM
It was a pleasure knowing Colin and having him as a very good and dear friend and homeboy.(we are both from Barbados).It will never be the same without him, he was such a cool guy and such a gentleman. I will alway miss him and the little talks we use to have. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. You will be miss dearly. 9/12/02 Gerdeen J.
Gerdeen Joseph, Friend
Sep 12 2002 2:00PM
I never thought I would have a change to tell anyone how much I enjoyed knowing Colin! Today I found this site. I was employed by AT&T; and the Marsh Companies was one of my accounts. Colin was always one of my very favorite customers! Whenever I spoke to him, even if I was having a really bad day, his soft calm voice and his pleasant personality always made me smile! Even though I only knew Colin from our phone conversations I could tell that he was a kind and gentle man. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and colleagues. I know he must me missed greatly!
Lisa, Colleague
Sep 12 2002 12:56AM