Richard R. Monroe, Sr., age 71, of State Route 22, Comstock, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008 at Glens Falls Hospital following a long illness.
He was born on Oct. 20, 1937 in Granville, N.Y. He was the son of Ernest J. and Lillian (Hall) Monroe.
Mr. and Mrs. Monroe are members of the Calvary Baptist Church in North Granville.
He was united in marriage to Florence E. (Bishop) Monroe on Dec. 7, 1958 and just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Mr. Monroe retired in 2000 from Saint-Gobain Plastics Company in Granville after 27 years of service. He was formerly employed for the Sears Farm in Putnam, Ritchie Brothers Slate Company and Tatko Brothers Slate Company in Granville and the NIBCO Brass Company in South Glens Falls,
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling, boating, and cheating at Yatzee. He had a fantastic sense of humor. He was very prolific with mathematics, and did his children’s income taxes for many years. Mr. Monroe especially enjoyed spending time with his family, including his wife, children, grandchildren, and their family pets: Bosco, Tobie, Cooper, and Sparky.
Mr. Monroe is predeceased by one brother, Gerald Monroe, and one sister, Dorothy Matteson.
Survivors besides his loving wife, Florence E. Monroe; seven sons, Richard R. Monroe, Jr. of Ticonderoga, N.Y., Allen Monroe of Whitehall, N.Y., William R. Monroe and his wife Kathy of Wingdale, N.Y., Donnie D. Monroe and his wife Elaine of Crown Point, N.Y., Johnnie W. Monroe and his wife Linda of Granville, N.Y., James S. Monroe and his wife Judith of Granville, N.Y., four daughters, Bonnie S. Maiolo and her husband Larry of Putnam Station, N.Y., Laura A. Thatcher and her husband Brian of Ticonderoga, N.Y., Lillian M. Hickey and her husband John of Pa., and Melissa F. Puccino and her husband Adam of Groton, Ct.; 21 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by four brothers, Ernest Monroe, Jr. of Gansevoort, N.Y., Arnold Monroe of Santa Maria, Calif., Leroy Monroe of Whitehall, N.Y., and Lawrence Monroe of Granville, N.Y., and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service was held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 2 at the Robert M. King Funeral Home, 23 Church Street, Granville, with Reverend Douglas Woods, pastor of the Crown Point Bible Church, Crown Point, N.Y. officiating.
Friends were invited to call at the funeral home on Friday from 4 p.m. until the time of the services.
The family suggests that memorial contributions take the form of donations in his memory to the Fort Ann Rescue Squad, Fort Ann, N.Y. 12827.