William Christopher Bonardi III
"His animals were his life," said Sal Esposito, one of Bonardi's best friends, noting that Bonardi had also taken in a stray cat he named Hanna.
And if he wasn't watching sports or playing with his animals, Bonardi was likely to be at a rock concert. Esposito figures the two of them would sometimes attend as many as two shows a week, usually at The Station, including the Great White concert.
Born in Providence, Bonardi had served as business manager and disc jockey for the college radio station while at Rhode Island College. When he died, he was working as a business analyst for a Smithfield, R.I. sunglasses manufacturer.