RIP Paul Bonenfant

10:30 AM -- Simon Leopold, telecom equipment analyst at Morgan Keegan & Company Inc. , sent the following note to the firm's clients and media this morning:

    It is with great sorrow that we announce Paul Bonenfant, my colleague, passed away yesterday. He suffered a heart attack over the weekend and was unable to recover.

    Paul joined Morgan Keegan in 2005 and was a senior research analyst in the equity research department covering the technology sector. Paul and I began working together nearly 20 years ago at Bellcore
    [now Telcordia Technologies Inc. ] and headed in separate directions when Paul went to Lucent and later was at start-up Photuris before working together again five years ago.

    We'll all remember Paul for his serious nature and sharp wit; he will surely be missed.
— Phil Harvey, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 4:22:24 PM
re: RIP Paul Bonenfant

Very sad news, and surprising. Paul was a serious guy in a fun way, if that makes any sense -- I really enjoyed chatting with him at OFC every year, usually outside during the OSA Exec Forum receptions.

He'll be missed.  My condolences to his family.

rahat.hussain 12/5/2012 | 4:22:23 PM
re: RIP Paul Bonenfant

one of the shining lights in the analyst community, he would look past the obvious. his notes were thorough, and he stuck to his guns on what he believed to be true. a great loss to the optical community.

odo <- grieving.

Eric Kainer 12/5/2012 | 4:22:21 PM
re: RIP Paul Bonenfant

Paul was a good man and a fine analyst.  He made his mark on Wall Street, but never became "of Wall Street."  We are fortunate to have Paul in our memories.

Say a prayer for Paul's family, his friends, his colleagues.  God bless him.

DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 4:22:20 PM
re: RIP Paul Bonenfant

Thanks for the comments so far. Here is the link to his full obit in his community's local paper:


A man of great character, his life was marked by his honesty, integrity and highest regard for everyone he met.

Hard to add much to that.

jggveth 12/5/2012 | 4:22:19 PM
re: RIP Paul Bonenfant

This is very sad news.  Paul was a great guy and very thoughtful in his research.

I was unaware he had any health issues and he appeared to be in great shape.  This is not only sad but scary for the rest of us living in this stressful telecom/finance economy. 

Condolences to all his family, friends, and colleagues. 


CCG_Harmon 12/5/2012 | 4:22:16 PM
re: RIP Paul Bonenfant

As one of the few (perhaps only) analysts that had actually worked at an optical company, Paul had expertise far exceeding that of any of us other analysts. He was also just an all-around good guy. Paul was taken away before his time, and the industry is now missing one of its shining lights.

John Harmon

photon2 12/5/2012 | 4:22:14 PM
re: RIP Paul Bonenfant

Very sad.  He will be missed.


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