Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Bonannos in:
 • Holy Hope Cemetery & Mausoleum
 • Tucson
 • Pima County
 • Arizona
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Joseph "Joey Bananas" Bonanno
Birth: Jan. 18, 1905
Castellammare del Golfo
Provincia di Trapani
Sicilia, Italy
Death: May 11, 2002
Pima County
Arizona, USA

Crime Figure. He immigrated to the United States in his 20s and began to work as a muscleman for the large New York gangs of era, most under Joseph (Joe the Boss) Masseria, and Salvatore Maranzano. When both were murdered in 1931, Bonanno was appointed as boss of the Brooklyn-based Bonnano Family, which he exerted control over until his 1968 retirement. Bonanno expanded into countless rackets, many spread out across the entire U.S. and Canada. Despite his later claims of having bossed an honorable, drug-free criminal organization, he was known as one of the largest Mafia narcotics traffickers in the nation. The Mafia leaders who were bothered by Bonanno's direction were part of the NYC Commission, and they objected to Joe planting "flags" all over so-called open-cities such as Florida and Arizona. After long tensions with the other bosses, Joseph decided to put his son, Bill, in charge and to run the family from his home in Tuscon, Arizona. The Commission found this in poor taste and banished both Bonanno and his son from New York, aswell as stripping them of their power in Brooklyn. Joe & Bill Bonanno avoided further tangles with the law until 1979, when the FBI raided their home and convicted Joe of obstruction of justice for trying to compromise his son's Fraud indictment. Both went off to prison for short terms, but were essentially free by the mid-1980s, when Joseph got himself in trouble again. In 1983, he penned his autobiography, "Joe Bonanno: A Man of Honor," which described the inner-workings of the Commission aswell as his own Mafia family. He was last released from prison in 1986 after serving 14 months on a contempt charge. (bio by: Joseph) 
Family links: 
  Fay Labruzzo Bonanno (1905 - 1980)*
  Salvatore Bill Bonanno (1932 - 2008)*
  Joseph Bonanno (1945 - 2005)*
*Calculated relationship
Holy Hope Cemetery & Mausoleum
Pima County
Arizona, USA
Plot: Altar of St. Thomas, section 7
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Joseph
Record added: May 28, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6454548
Joseph Joey Bananas Bonanno
Added by: Andrew C. Grogin-Rusciano
Joseph Joey Bananas Bonanno
Added by: David N. Lotz
Joseph Joey Bananas Bonanno
Added by: David N. Lotz
There are 2 more photos not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

The Virtual Flowers feature has been turned off for this memorial because it was being continually misused.
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (4.1 after 159 votes)

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service