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Obituary: John Paul Monahan, Jr.

John Paul Monahan, Jr., former resident of Manhasset from 1959 to 1973 and recently a resident of New Canaan, CT passed away at Stamford Hospital on Sept. 25, 2010. Born on Nov. 26, 1922 in Portland, OR, he was the son of the late John Paul Sr. and Jennie McDonald Monahan. He was 87.

John attended Wilson Teacher’s College in Washington, DC before being inducted into the US Army in 1942, then completed a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Ohio University in Athens, OH on the GI Bill, then attended The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC for graduate work in Political Science. He was inducted into the U.S. Army and served in the 5th Army, 34th Division, Company K, during World War II from 1942-1945 in North Africa and Italy. He was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart for this service.

John began his professional life working for the U.S. Air Force at the Pentagon, then worked in the textile industry for the Henry J. Tully Co. in NYC, and retired as vice president of planning and budget. After retiring from the textile business he finished his teaching degree and taught high school history and economics. Later on in his retirement he worked in the Motion Picture and Recorded Sound Division of the U.S. Library of Congress. He was a member of the Rehoboth Beach, DE chapter of Kiwanis International and also a member of the St. Vincent De Paul Society in Rehoboth. While living in Darien for the past 11 years, he was a member of the Darien Senior Men’s Association and St. John Church. He also was a member of Pi Gamma Mu National Social Science Honor Society.

John has six surviving children: Barbara Monahan of Lewes, DE; Clare Myers (Jeff) of Darien, CT; Christopher Monahan (Kathy) of Westport, CT and Walpole, NH; Kathryn Monahan of Levittown, NY; Henry Monahan (Jean) of Santa Fe, NM; and Sally Zogry (Michael) of Lawrence, KS. He is also survived by a brother, Terrance Delano Monahan (Loretta) of Lakewood, CO and two sisters, Patricia Ann Wallace of De Bary, FL and Maureen Monahan Maskrey (Bill) of Thiensville, WI. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Marian Tully Conroy, of Charlotte, NC. He has 15 grandchildren: Rachel and Julia O’Neal; Ellie and Carrie Monahan; Henry, Charlotte, and Virginia Myers; Kayleigh, Owen, and Jeffrey Monahan; Nancy Haas; Henry and Kate Monahan; Sophia and Daniel Zogry and numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Tully Monahan on Sept. 11, 1999, and by a son, John Paul Monahan, III on Jan. 24,1998. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Edward Dean Monahan, in 1973.

Arrangements were made by Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Rd., Darien, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Oct. 1, at St. John Roman Catholic Church in Darien, CT. Burial was private. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health, New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, 1315 York Ave., Floor 1, New York, NY 10021.