October 23rd, 2015
Francis G. "Frenchy" Monaco, 88, of Watertown passed away Thursday evening, October 22, 2015, at St. Joseph's Home, Ogdensburg where he had resided since April.
Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown on Tuesday, October 27, from 5 - 7PM.The funeral mass will be celebrated at Holy Family Church on Wednesday, October 28, at 11AM with Rev. Steven Murray, pastor, presiding and burial will follow in Glenwood Cemetery.
Frenchy was born in Watertown on December 18, 1926, son of Dominic J. and Hilda M. Hartle Monaco. He was a graduate of Watertown High School in 1944 and also from the Watertown School of Commerce. On March 21, 1945 he entered the US Army. During his service he received the American Campaign, Asiatic Pacific Campaign, and World War II Victory Medals. He was honorable discharged as a Technician 5th Grade on October 13, 1946.
On January 19, 1952 he married Hazel M. Boothe at St. Mary's Cathedral, Ogdensburg with Rev. Louis D. Berube officiating. Mrs. Monaco died September 27, 2004.
Frenchy started his career with NY Airbrake in 1950. After 39 years with the company, he retired in 1989 as a production planning manager. He was a communicant of Holy Family Church, an usher, and counted the collection for the church. He was a life member of Elks Lodge 496 and in 1992 was selected the Elk of the Year. He was also a member of both VFW Post 1400 and American Legion Post 61.
He was an avid walker and continued walking until his admission to St. Joseph's Home. In 2004 he was cited by the Watertown Daily Times for walking 25,000 miles and at the time of his death, had walked over 36,000 miles. He also was an avid gardener, sports enthusiast and golfer. Frenchy played on a city softball league for 20 years, playing on 7 city championship teams and was a city all star for 15 years. He also was an umpire for both softball and baseball.
He is survived by his two children, Nancy A. Coughlin, Rodman and Richard J. Monaco, Scottsdale, AZ; three grandchildren, Sarah, Michael and Christopher Coughlin; four great grandchildren; sister, Ethel Sconyers, Tampa, FL; four sisters-in-law, Mary Kessler and Kay Denny, both of Ogdensburg, Marion Morrelli, Cornwall, and Elsie Perkins, Ocala, FL; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and his special friend and neighbor , Betty Gifford, Watertown. Besides his wife, Hazel, he was predeceased by his brother, Anthony Monaco and sister, June Foley.
In lieu of flowers, his family would appreciate donations in his name to either North Country Family Health Center, 238 Arsenal St., Watertown, NY 13601 or St. Joseph's Home, 950 Linden St., Ogdensburg, NY 13669. Online condolences to Frenchy's family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.