Joseph B. Monks, Sr.

July 20, 2006

Joseph B. Monks, Sr.
U.S. Veteran

US Army

World War II Veteran

JOSEPH B. MONKS, SR. – in Woburn, July 20th. Husband of the late Hazel P. (LeBlanc) Monks. Beloved father of Deborah A. Urquhart and her husband Robert of Windham, NH, Joseph B., Jr. and his wife Annemarie of Mansfield, John W. and his wife Gina, David R., Michael P., and Thomas K. Monks and his wife Tanya, all of Woburn, and MaryBeth Nasr and her husband Andre of LaGrangeville, NY. Brother of the late Freda McDonough, Ethel Connor and Richard Monks. Loving grandfather of Christopher, DeAnne, and Bryan Urquhart, Brendan, Olivia and Conor Monks, Nicholas and Nicole Monks, Carolyn Nasr, and Raina, Jessie, Nathaniel and Damon Monks. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Saturday, July 22nd at 9:15 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Joseph’s Church, 100 Washington Street, Woburn, at 10. Calling hours Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Joe’s memory to the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court Street, Boston, MA 02108.

OBITUARY:

Joseph B. Monks, Sr., a longtime resident of East Woburn and decorated veteran of World War II, passed away in Danvers Thursday afternoon, July 20th, following a short illness. He was eighty-three years of age.

Joe was born in Wakefield, son of the late John W. and Anne (Connaire) Monks. He was raised in Wakefield and Stoneham and, following his graduation from Stoneham High School, entered the US Army. A glider pilot during the war, he was part of the D-Day invasion at Normandy. Joe was awarded the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with five bronze stars, a Distinguished Unit Badge, an Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters, and a Bronze Arrowhead in recognition of his heroic actions in combat.

Throughout his life he was involved in various veterans organizations and held membership in the VFW and American Legion. He also marched in the Memorial Day and Veterans Day parades in Woburn every year.

He worked as a milkman for Sunnyhurst Farms early in his life, and later was employed by Woburn Public Works in the water department. Following his retirement he was a crossing guard for the Woburn Police Department.

Joe was an avid Red Sox fan and was thrilled to see them finally win the World Series in 2004. He was very proud of his family, particularly his grandchildren.

Preceding him in death was his wife, Hazel P. (LeBlanc) Monks, who died nine years ago, two sisters, Freda McDonough and Ethel Connor, and his brother, Richard Monks.

Surviving are seven children, Deborah A. Urquhart and her husband Robert of Windham, NH, Joseph B., Jr. and his wife Annemarie of Mansfield, John W. Monks and his wife Gina, David R. Monks and Michael P. Monks, both of Woburn, MaryBeth Nasr and her husband Andre of LaGrangeville, NY, and Thomas K. Monks and his wife Tanya of Woburn. He was also the loving grandfather of Christopher, DeAnne, and Bryan Urquhart, Brendan, Olivia and Conor Monks, Nicholas and Nicole Monks, Carolyn Nasr, and Raina, Jessie, Nathaniel and Damon Monks.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Saturday, July 22nd at 9:15 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Joseph’s Church, 100 Washington Street, Woburn, at 10. Interment will follow in the Soldier’s Lot at Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. Donations may be made in Joe’s memory to the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court Street, Boston, MA 02108.

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