Bonifacio R. Javier

May 25, 1928 – Oct. 4, 2019


Bonifacio R. Javier, 91, died peacefully Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, at his home in Altoona.

Surviving are his wife, Emilia Javier, the love of his life for 60 years; his six children: Bonifacio “Bing” (Lyn), Emilio (Clara), Alicia Gavieres (Ruben), Marcos (Brenda), Renato Javier and Miriam DeFay (Stanley); nine grandchildren: Christopher (Brittany), Joseph and Sarah Gavieres, Marcello, Malino and Milo DeFay, Patrick Javier and Irene and Marcos “Hunter” Javier; a great-grandchild, Emilia Gavieres; and many special family members.

Bonifacio was born May 25, 1928, in Manila, Philippines. He graduated from National University in Manila, Philippines. He was a retired civil engineer who took part in the construction of I-79, gave 19 years of service with the West Virginia Department of Transportation and later worked for 11 years with the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Bonifacio was a devout Catholic who was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Altoona. He took special pride in his family, cherished time spent with them and taught them the meaning of sacrifice. He was an avid sports fan and a friend to all.

The family takes great comfort knowing that he will be reunited with his parents, Donato and Irene Javier; and his younger siblings: Soledad Campos and Ricardo Javier.

On behalf of their Papa, the Javier Family would like to thank Conemaugh Hospice Service for their compassionate care. The Javier Family is also grateful to Ruth Ann, Marissa, Joanne, Betty, Norie, Traci and Shirley, who kindly cared for him, provided comfort, friendship and ensured peace in his final days.

Friends will be received from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, at The Good Funeral Home Inc., Alto-Reste Park. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.