Someone You Should Know: Dave Bonacchi

Dave Bonacchi (WHAM photo)

East Rochester Town Judge Dave Bonacchi got some bad news last summer. Now he’s living with it, but refusing to dwell on it.

“I called up Roseanne, and I said, ‘I've got to go the hospital,’” says Bonacchi, recalling the first symptoms of his cancer.

It was one of life's cruel blows.

“Well to be honest, my cancer grew back, so it's not going great,” he says.

Glioblastoma is a kind of brain tumor. While treatable, it’s not curable.

It’s a tough “verdict” for Judge Bonacchi, formerly Mayor Bonacchi, and before that Sergeant Bonacchi of the East Rochester Police Department. And in 1994, he was State Amateur Golf Champ Bonacchi. He beat his brother in the finals. What are the chances?

People with cancer often ask that kind of question. What are the chances? How long do I have?

Now 62, Dave Bonacchi is refusing to dwell on it. He’s focused on living. He took a recent trip to Las Vegas with his three sons, and is enjoying time with his two grandchildren.

“I don't have any symptoms,” Bonacchi says. “I wake up every day and feel great. I'm able to do whatever I want to do.”

And this past Saturday, Bonacchi did exactly what he wanted to do. He presided at his son Michael's wedding.

“If you're going to dwell on something like this, forget it,” he says. “I mean where you going to go?”

In addition to the support of his immediate family, Bonacchi has his extended East Rochester family. Living there for almost 60 years, he’s made a lot of friends. His wife, Roseanne, jokes that when Dave joins her for shopping at Wegmans, he really slows her down.

But stopping to talk is part of who he is. It’s part of what makes Dave Bonacchi someone you should know.

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