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Former Alpine CC Head Pro Joey Bonsignore Dies at 72
By Megan Terry, Programs Administrator
Joey Bonsignore was the head professional at Alpine Country Club for 20 years. From the early 70’s to the early 90’s, Joey’s charismatic personality made Alpine members and guests feel more than welcome. He never forgot names and faces and gave everyone a nickname.
Joey moved to Utah from Grand Junction, CO. He spent days playing golf and nights working on the railroad. After he finally became a PGA Professional, Joey’s father discovered Alpine was in need of an assistant professional. Joey applied and was hired as assistant under the direction of Phil Cannon.
Only two years later, Cannon resigned and Joey was promoted to head professional at the ripe age of 24. An immeasurable amount of responsibly was associated with the position, but Joey faced the challenge head on and tackled every problem with an impressively well thought-out solution.
Joey served on the Rocky Mountain Section Central Chapter PGA Board of Directors for six years as secretary, president, and everything in between. He loved the world of golf and was determined to do all he could to help grow and develop the Utah golf community. If someone was looking for a job in the golf industry, Joey did all he could to help them find one.
After leaving Alpine in 1994, Bonsignore pursued a career in automotive sales. He played as much golf as possible from beginning to end and was an unrelenting competitor against any and all who would “tee it up” with him, especially those who were willing to make a wager.
“If he was your friend, you couldn’t ask for a better friend,” expressed former Alpine CC Assistant Professional Kim Thompson. “He was the most outgoing, well-respected, honest person I’ve ever known.”
Olpin Family Mortuary Eulogy
Joseph Rocco Bonsignore, Jr.
June 27, 1944 – December 3, 2016
Better known to family and friends as Joey Bonsignore passed away peacefully in the home of his sister, Lisa Meranda in Orem, Utah, surrounded by family and friends. Joey was a legend in the golfing world, and was loved by all who knew him. His greatest loves were his family, his friends and the game of golf. However, he enjoyed a competition in any form!
He is survived by his children: Tina Robinson, Camile Bonsignore and Nicholas Rocco Bonsignore, five grandchildren: Jacob, Janessa, Justin, Mandy, and Ashley and a great grandson, Maximus, his sister Lisa (Todd) Meranda, and their children TJ Meranda and Jenn Dunn. Also a great niece Mila and three great nephews Rome, Tripp and Crew. He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Rocco and Dorothy Angelina Bonsignore.
Funeral services will be Monday, December 12, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the Olpin Family Mortuary Chapel, 494 South 300 East, Pleasant Grove, Utah with a viewing from 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. prior to the service. A graveside services will be held Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in the Orchard Mesa Cemetery, Calvary section, in Grand Junction, Colorado.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.
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