James Milton Bonaventure
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J. Milton Bonaventure, a native of New Roads, La and a resident of Baton Rouge, La, passed away on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at the age of 64. Milton was a graduate of False River Academy, Louisiana State University, and the FBI National Academy. Milton began his career in Law Enforcement in January of 1979 and served 39 years, retiring as Resident Agent in charge for the New Orleans Division U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Fire Arms and Explosives. Milton enjoyed spending his time golfing, traveling, and was an avid LSU fan. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Gale Ak Bonaventure; brother, Harold ""Buddy"" Bonaventure (Elaine); sister, Beverly David (Sonny); brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Patrick and Suzan Guidry; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Turhan and Jeanette Rivet Ak; numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his mother, Melba Faye Simmons Bonaventure; father, Harold ""Blick"" L. Bonaventure; grandparents, Francois and Aimee Bonaventure; and James and Minnie Lou Simmons. Pallbearers will be Buddy Bonaventure, Jimmy Bonaventure, David Bonaventure, Donnie David, Michael Guidry and Austin Guidry. Honorary Pallbearers will be Sonny David, Jim Moore, Randy Moore, David Andre, Patrick Guidry, Tommy Guidry, Dewayne David, and Chad Aultman. Visiting will be held at Niland's Funeral Home in New Roads on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 from 12:00 noon until 1:15 pm. The Mass of Christian burial will follow at St. Mary's Catholic Church at 2:00 pm. The entombment will follow in False River Memorial Park Mausoleum.

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Published in The Advocate from Feb. 13 to Feb. 17, 2021.
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February 26, 2021
I worked with Milton over the years at the ATF Academy teaching undercover classes. In 1996 the undercover training program put on a month long class in Guam. Milton and I roomed together during this training and became even better friends.
During this temporary duty I realized the serious impact of the Waco operation on Milton Psychologically and always remembered the pain he carried.
Milton was a true hero and I will miss him dearly. Luckily I had digital contact with him in early 2020 after the pandemic began and was able to express to him my appreciation and respect
Rest in peace my friend,
Steve Gunderson
Steve Gunderson
Friend
February 19, 2021
Gayle and Family our deepest condolences to all of you. We had the sad news given to us yesterday. Stunned doesn't cover what we feel. We spent the day trying to figure out what say. Needless to say, but we spent most of the day talking about all of the good times we had. We will have a big hole in our hearts. We'll miss out on all of the chances we would of had to get together as family and pass a good time. We will keep all of you in our prayers. RIP big boy.
Bobby & Tammy Cline
February 17, 2021
I have fond childhood memories with Milton. Fun times on the river. Rest In peace, Milton. Your cousin, Judy.
Judy
Family
February 16, 2021
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February 16, 2021
Gayle and family, My deepest condolences on the passing of my friend Uncle Milton. I was shocked to see the notice in an ATF newsletter. I was an instructor at Milton’s new agent training class and we have bumped into each other a number of times over the years. He and I always talked about him coming to Pennsylvania and going with me to a Penn State football game and conversely, I would come to Baton Rouge for an LSU game. Milton always said come on “I’ll make you shrimp etouffe”. His sense of humor was unmatched. He wasn’t a good guy, he was a Great Guy!! He will be sorely missed. My prayers are with you all.
John Seiler ATF (ret)
Friend
February 16, 2021
A great friend. Wonderful memories. I will miss him terribly. God bless you Gale.
Wade Rasberry
Friend
February 15, 2021
I met Milton at work 24 years ago when I transferred to New Orleans. He was very welcoming and ambitious about our work. Never a dull moment working with Milton, always laughter and fun! Milton had a way of drawing people in with his outgoing personality and humor! Milton had a huge heart and was someone you could call upon when in need of help. My heart is saddened by his loss! I will always remember his huge smile and roar of laughter! RIP my friend......thank you for your friendship!
Kathy Barton Scanlan
Friend
February 15, 2021
Gale and family: I am so saddened to hear of the passing of my good friend. I had a nice visit with him just before Christmas, so this was a shock. We were on the ATF SRT team together, shared many laughs along with sorrows. I will truly miss his friendship and his sense of humor. I pray God will holc you all close during this most difficult time.
Sincerely, "Papa Smurf" David Shanks
David Shanks
Coworker
February 14, 2021
You were a dedicated agent, instructor and friend; rest in peace brother.
God bless and look after your family.
Angel C
Coworker
February 14, 2021
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
John & Nettie Bonaventure
Family
February 14, 2021
We had too short a time together my friend...thoughts are with you and for your family....God bless!
Brant & Sue Casford
Friend
February 14, 2021
I met Milton in 2002. He was an outstanding agent, leader and friend to everyone. Milton freely shared his best efforts and advice to help ensure the success of the team. He was very passionate about and dedicated to everything he did. It was my privilege to know him. My sincere condolences to Gale, his family and friends. Blessed be the peacemakers.
Stuart Lowrey
Coworker
February 14, 2021
There is SO much I could say about you, but words aren't enough to capture the pure, loving, kind, generous & gentle soul you are. I am saddened by your passing and the world is a bit sadder because of it, but I will forever treasure our time and laughs together. I thank God that He saw fit to allow our paths to cross and I am grateful that I had the privilege to call you friend.
Gale, I'm praying for your strength in the Lord during this difficult time.
La'Shonda Ambrose
Friend
February 14, 2021
Today my heart is heavy with sorrow. After spending three short months with Milton at the FBI National Academy we became very close friends.
He was a great man who I will never forget.
To Gale and the rest of his family my sincere condolences and prayers.
And to you Milton, Rest In Peace brother, until we meet again.
Tom Best
February 13, 2021
Milton, it was always a pleasure working with you. Your kindness and laughter will always remain in my memories. In the coming days, we will continue to pray for your family, I will continue to think about all of the good times we shared at work, and even our last visit at lunch. You will forever be a part of the good days at work. Rest in the loving arms of Jesus Brother. -Mark and Jessica Canning
Mark Canning
Friend
February 13, 2021
Milton was always a bright spot in my life. Anytime I was with him , it was full of laughs. I will miss him forever. God only puts a few people in your life that are remarkable and I will always remember Milton in that way. God Bless him and his family! Prayers to you all in this time.
Brett Final
Coworker
February 13, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. My family will keep you in our prayers.
Elaine Johnston
Acquaintance
February 13, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Herman cryer
Coworker
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