by Buck Quigley - posted 5:53 pm, September 4, 2008
Those of us who were lucky enough to count Buffalo News writer Jay Bonfatti as a friend suffered a wicked shock last week when he passed away in his sleep while visiting with family on Martha’s Vineyard. He was only 52. The grief has been profound and widespread. Hundreds have expressed their sadness and many more are expected to attend a memorial for him this Saturday, September 6, at the Lafayette Tap Room, from 1-4pm.
Leave it to Jay, the Italian from Boston, to be the man of honor at what promises to be one of the best Irish wakes in Buffalo history.
It will be an eclectic crowd, because Jay knew and touched people from all walks of life. Members of his family are expected to travel from Massachusetts to be at the event.
There will also be great food and music, and a lot of beautiful stories told about a hilarious, compassionate, irreplaceable guy who really made everyone’s life that much sunnier.
He remains, as he was in life, a catalyst.