It is with regret that the Falkland Islands Government learned that Donald ‘Don’ Bonner passed away on the morning of Tuesday 16th December 2014, aged 87.
A former member of the Royal Navy, and a World War II veteran, 3rd generation Islander Don Bonner will also be fondly remembered by many from his time as the Governor’s Chauffeur, where his services in the role, and to the community as a whole, led to Don being awarded the British Empire Medal in 1991.
Don Bonner was first employed by the Falkland Islands Government in 1954, and between May 1976 and August 1993 he supported six consecutive Governors as Chauffeur/Steward. Don had a great passion for his homeland and will always be a firm part of the history of the Islands. On April 2nd 1982, it was Don Bonner who raised the Union Flag above Government House in defiance of the invading Argentine Forces.
Chief Executive, Keith Padgett, expressed his condolences to Don’s family. “Don Bonner is a friendly face known to all in our community, and has played an integral role in Falklands history. His service with the Governor’s Residence spanned almost two decades and he undoubtedly touched the hearts of many Governors, their families and visitors to the Islands. My deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends at this sad time.”
As a mark of respect to Don Bonner and his many years of service, all Government flags will be flown at half-mast on the day of his funeral, Friday 19th December 2014.