GENE SIMMONS Donates Custom-Made KISS Casket To Family Of Soldier Killed In Iraq

Discussion in 'News & PR' started by TalkBass, Oct 23, 2005.

  1. TalkBass

    TalkBass News Poster

    Mar 12, 2004
    <p><img src="" align="right" alt="KISS casket">The blog WHO DARES WINS reports, "You know what I love about Gene, how one moment he just pisses me off with something he does or says and then the next moment he does something so cool, so nice. This is one of those nice moments. KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons donated a custom-made casket to the family of Staff Sgt. Jerry Bonifacio Jr., a Vacaville, California resident who was killed Oct. 10 in Iraq, for Bonifacio's burial. According to, Bonifacio, who loved heavy metal music and comic books, had mentioned to his fiancee, Michelle Baptiste, that he wanted to be buried in such a coffin. The news was forwarded to James Lubs, the funeral director, who drove to Los Angeles recently to retrieve the special coffin that was Bonafacio's last wish. Bonifacio was a part of the National Guard's 1st Battalion, 184th Infantry Regiment based in Dublin. While working for a Martinez refinery, he was called up in December for deployment to Iraq." <a href="">Read more.</a></p>
  2. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings
    Wonderful Gesture. He's a good man.

    I can't help but recall that episode of Drew Carry though... :rolleyes:
  3. Like his music or not, Gene has always been a stand-up guy.
    He has principles, and he stands by them.