Robert “Bob” Bonezzi, age 71, of Destin, FL, passed away on November 17th, 2022. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Robert and Nina Bonezzi. He was an accomplished developer and passionate restaurateur who created some of the most iconic establishments in the community including The Back Porch, The Crab Trap, Surf Hut, and The Boardwalk. His vision was to serve the every-day person quality foods at a fair price. In his lifetime he fed hundreds of thousands of people fresh, local seafood in an atmosphere where they could feel comfortable.
He had a passion for making the Gulf Coast a leading destination where vacationing and local families could experience the beach through widespread public access. He served on the Board of Directors for the Destin Fishing Fleet and the Triumph Gulf Coast Corporation. He was honored to have Destin’s first snorkeling reef named after him. He was an advocate for the community and made protecting the environment a top priority.
He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years: Patti Bonezzi; his two daughters: Stacey Bonezzi and Amy Bonezzi Buteau; his two grandchildren: Felix and Willa Buteau. He is also survived by his mother: Nina Bonezzi; and his siblings: William Bonezzi, Nina Bonezzi, and Joanne Zwick.
Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, November 22nd, at the Destin United Methodist Church on Beach Drive. Visitation starts at 1 pm and the service begins at 2 pm. Afterward, there will be a celebration of his life at the Crab Trap in Destin where friends and family are welcome to join. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Ascension Sacred Heart Foundation.
Expressions of love and sympathy may be placed and viewed online at www.mclaughlinmortuary.com