PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for Henery


Good Afternoon All,

Dermot Smyth,  Manhattan College Retreat Team Chair, has shared the sad news of the death of Mr. Henry J. Monaco Jr, Father of good Friend to several of us and Member of The Manhattan College Reality Retreat Team, Peter Monaco. Mr. Monaco, another proud Member of The Greatest Generation, a United States Navy Enlisted Man, WW11 Veteran, Pacific Theater, Aircraft Carrier,  USS Independence CVL-22; Korean War  Veteran, United States Navy, Officer, Battleship, USS Iowa, BB 61, was called home on June 13, 2018. We pray for Mr. Monaco, his Wife of 61 years, Maureen, their Children, Henry, Thomas, Kevin, Peter, Edward,  Elizabeth, their 16 Grandchildren and Family as the Family mourn the loss of their loved one. Visiting hours will be, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 4 to 8 PM at F. Ruggiero & Sons, 732 Yonkers Ave, Yonkers, N.Y. A Mass of Christian Burial and Resurrection will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 10:00AM at St. Paul the Apostle Church, Yonkers, N.Y. Dermot Smyth has passed on Mr. Monaco’s Obituary shared by the Monaco Family.

God Speed Sailor. Calm Winds and Following Seas. Thank you Dermot. Thank you all. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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Henry J. Monaco, Jr.

formerly of Yonkers – Henry J. Monaco, Jr., Navy veteran, teacher, football coach and Yonkers Board of Education administrator died on June 13, 2018, a few weeks short of his 91st birthday in Saratoga Springs NY. Henry was born in the Park Hill section of Yonkers and attended Yonkers schools. After graduating Roosevelt High School in June 1945, he joined the Navy and served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Independence in the Pacific Theatre until the end of World War II. He used the GI Bill to complete his Bachelor of Science degree from New York University. Promising himself that he would never again swab another deck or peel another potato as a Navy seaman, he attended Officers Candidate School and was recalled to serve his country once more during the Korean Conflict. He spent the next two years aboard the battleship USS Iowa in Korean waters, after which he acquired his masters degree from Columbia University and finally entered the life that he intended by becoming a teacher. Henry began his career as a teacher at Hawthorne Junior High School and as Assistant Football Coach at Saunders High School; then at Roosevelt High School where he was a physical education teacher and became Head Football Coach, leading the team to multiple city titles in the era when football was king in Yonkers schoolboy sports. After 23 years in the schools Coach Monaco was assigned to the Board of Education as Director of Physical Education and later Director of Personnel, the position he held when he retired in 1991. Henry is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Maureen Wright Monaco and his children Henry III, Thomas, Kevin, Peter, Edward and Elizabeth Beauregard and 16 grandchildren; his brother and sister in law, John and Margaret Monaco and brother in law Edward Reulbach. He was predeceased by his parents Lee Fiorentino Monaco and Henry Monaco and his sister, Claire Reulbach. Henry Monaco was a true gentleman who served his country, his city, family and friends with steadfastness, modesty, courage and kindness. We will miss him. The family will be present on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 from 4 to 8 PM at F. Ruggiero & Sons, Inc. – 732 Yonkers Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10704 – – (914) 375-1400. Funeral Mass Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 10 AM at St. Paul the Apostle Church, Yonkers. Henry will be laid to rest at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Yonkers.

Published in the The Journal News on June 17, 2018

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