You earn respect . Your give it your all and no excuses , he taught many lazy or shy kids to be stronger, tough love . The real world! He gave it 100 percent , he was a great teacher and althlete , it's now 2016 and he was my teacher 30 years ago.
Today I saw him at heritage high school in st Hubert, he is helping some track students. He is still in great shape, and the school is lucky to have him.
In the real world persistents is the only way to succeed consistently, he taught me that.
I remember Robert Bonenberg as being strict but fair. He didn't accept a half effort at anything we did. My favorite moment was playing broomball with him (he couldn't resist playing, and I think in doing so was trying to set an example to his students). In one game I "jostled" with him to get control of the ball, he came back and checked me from behind, and I had a chance to rub him out against the boards later. There were no hard feelings, and it created a lasting impression of the man.
Mr. Bonenberg was an excellent coach and mentor. Tough as nails and knew what he was doing. I came in 10th place for X-Country, my Personal best... yet still only 6th from my team. Very sympathetic if you gave it your all (whatever your all was). His leadership still positively affects me to this day.
Overall, a great guy, IMHO. I wasn't athletic at all and to be honest, sort of geek/nerd. Mr. Bonenberg taught me to be more assertive, etc.
I graduated in 93- had him as a coach and teacher. For all who say he's too tough, you don't know the quality of a good teacher. Its a shame he's gone.
Wow, I used to be scared of this guy in grade 7. If I could go back now I don't think I would be very intimidated by his tough-guy, jock's rule 1970's mentality. This guy came out of a different day and age, and tried to force it down our throats.
worst teacher I ever had. plays mind games, holds grudges, thank god he's gone