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Frank Bonadio, headed department of AFL-CIO


Frank Bonadio, retired president of the Building Trades Department of the AFL-CIO who also was a local and international official of the Sheet Metal Workers International Association, died Saturday of kidney failure at Union Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Bonadio, who was 89 and lived on Beverly Road in Northeast Baltimore, commuted to AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington from 1948 until his retirement in 1974.

Born in Pittsburgh but reared in Baltimore and educated at St. Paul's parochial school in East Baltimore, he was a sheet metal worker for Riggs, Distler & Co. and a member of Local 122, now Local 100, of the Sheet Metal Workers Union, when he became business agent of the local in 1935.

In 1948, he became an organizer for the international union and kept that post until 1954, when he became secretary-treasurer of the Building Trades Department.

He was made president of the department in 1971.

He retired in 1974 as department president and as general vice president of the Sheet Metal Workers, a post he had held since 1956.

A son, the Rev. Joseph J. Bonadio, S.S., was to celebrate the Mass of the Resurrection for Mr. Bonadio at 10 a.m. today at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, 3615 Harford Road in Baltimore.

In addition to his son, Mr. Bonadio is survived by his wife of 63 years, the former Carmela Doccolo; two other sons, Felice Bonadio of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Frank C. Bonadio of Lutherville; a sister, Antoinette Eikenberg, and a brother, Vincent Bonadio, both of Baltimore; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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