William Charles Monahan

Born in Orange, NJ on December 1, 1928

Departed on April 23, 2022 and resided in Buford, Ga

William C. Monahan (Pop-Pop) passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 23rd, with family by his side, at the age of 93.

Bill was born in Orange, New Jersey, to Anna Marie Genovese and William Francis Monahan. Bill was selfless, kind, and quick-witted. Bill loved to read, whether it was his daily newspaper, the multiple monthly periodicals he subscribed to, or his cherished books. Most of all, Bill was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Spending time with family, and especially his grandchildren, was the greatest joy in Bill's life. His family's happiness was his happiness. He often said, "the most important thing you do in life is to have children."

Bill grew up during the Great Depression in a remote two-room bungalow along the Passaic River in Singac, New Jersey. The home lacked indoor utilities and running water. The family substituted what they didn't have with kerosene lamps for heaters, a 5-gallon water jug, an icebox, and an outhouse. Flooding on the Passaic River in 1938 forced the family to abandon their home and move to East Orange. At the age of 12, Bill, while still in school, began working part-time to help support the family. He delivered groceries by bicycle, worked at the local butcher shop and dry cleaners, and was a Rock Spring Country Club groundskeeper. Bill graduated from East Orange High School in 1948.

Bill is an Air Force Veteran of the Korean War. After working for the East Orange Fire Department for 25 years, he moved his family to Georgia, obtaining his Class I and II License in Wastewater Management. Bill retired from the Gwinnett County Water Department after serving 18 years. Bill also helped his wife, Ann, with Jennie Lee Ceramics, her ceramic doll business.

Bill spent eight years building his first home from ground up near the shores of Point Pleasant, NJ. From 1956-1964 he prepared the construction site, poured the foundation, constructed exterior, interior, masonry, plumbing and electricity. His labor of love was christened ‘ South Wind.’ South Wind eventually became a family vacation home. Many family weekend getaways were enjoyed at South Wind and Point Pleasant Beach.

Bill met his beloved wife of 57 years, Ann in 1963 at the Four Tours Supper Club in Cedar Grove, NJ. Bill made a date the following week at a diner where servers wore roller skates. They were married January 22, 1965 and raised four children.

Life with Dad was an adventure. Every summer, Dad took the family on camping trips in a converted 1968 Ford Van with a pop-up roof (Monavan). We traveled the East Coast visiting historical sites and exploring new locations from Niagara Falls to Daytona Beach.

Dad loved reading books and buying books for his grandchildren. One of Dad's favorite quotes is from page 256 of Mario Puzo's The Godfather: 'time erodes gratitude.' Dad reminded us of the importance of gratitude and to always help others when possible. Dad was known to give a copy of his favorite book, The Greatest Salesman in the World, to his friends and family as a philosophical guide to life. Pop-Pop always reminded the grandchildren that education and manners open doors.

In addition to reading, Dad enjoyed spending his free time with his grandchildren and his beloved dog, Socrates. He loved working outside and around the house, shopping at Costco and Home Depot. He especially loved shopping at Publix for the 'buy one get one free' promotions. Everyone knew that Dad was not to be disturbed at 3:00 pm each day while he watched Judge Judy on television. He spent every Sunday with his children and grandchildren, enjoying an early Sunday dinner with them. We are so thankful for the many years we had together.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, sister Jane Troy, grandson John Monahan Jr., and his daughter-in-law, Jennifer Monahan. Bill is survived by his beloved wife, Ann, his daughter Jennie Jovanovic (Goran), sons William Monahan (Berna), John Monahan (Michelle), and Scott Monahan (Meredith), ten grandchildren, and one great-grandson. Special thanks to his caring friends, Becky, Helen, Karlene, Veronica, Brandee, Jennifer. Alethea and Diana with Long Leaf Hospice.

Funeral Mass will be offered Wednesday, May 4th at 2:00pm at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 6439 Spout Springs Rd., Flowery Branch 30542. Reception to follow after Mass at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be sent to the Northeast Georgia Humane Society.

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Guestbook Entries

  1. Jo April 26, 2022 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    Mr. Monahan was a very kind and intelligent man, in fact he was my favorite patient and I enjoy the time and the conversation we had during his appointment. He always make best out of every situations and he lived his life the best way he could. He will be truly missed. I hope the family finds peace and comfort during this time.

    • Jennie Jovanovic April 27, 2022 at 7:19 am - Reply

      Thank you Jo. We are so grateful to you, Dr. Khodakaram and everyone at Buford Care. My father appreciated your kindness and expertise.

  2. Jennifer Maier April 27, 2022 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    What an honor and a blessing to have known Mr Bill ! He was such kind, intelligent, respected man . He radiated such pride and love for his family. His eyes would light up when family was near or called.
    May he Rest In Peace. Praying for your family to find peace and comfort at this most difficult time.

  3. Diane Dishman April 27, 2022 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    Bill always greeted me with such kindness. He always seemed genuinely happy to see me! His work on earth is done now!
    Jennie, we love all you Monahan’s! 💕💕💕

    Diane Dishman

  4. Eddy Thompson April 27, 2022 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    “Uncle Bill” was a special person. I spent a lot of time at the water treatment plant with him and my dad. He was always encouraging me to read. If I remember correctly, it was he that suggested “Lonesome Dove” which is one of my favorite books to this day. I have a monogrammed Cross pen set he gave me for my high school graduation. That was 28 years ago and I haven’t forgotten it. He will be missed.

  5. Denise Demps April 28, 2022 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    What wonderful biography of the life of a great man. My condolences to the family. I proudly serve his Chaplain Monahan in the US Army. He has been a rock for me and the Soldiers over the years and I am honored to your rock during your time of loss.

  6. MSB April 29, 2022 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    Dear Monahan Family, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Please accept our condolences for your loss.

    -From the men and women of the Mobilization Support Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas

  7. Terri Dunson May 3, 2022 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    May you have many moments of peace. Much love to you all.

    Terri D.

  8. Nikita Le May 4, 2022 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    My sincere condolences to you and your family Ann.
    Anything you need from me please let us know.
    We are here for you OK.
    Bill was always sweet and kind to me every single time that we cross path.
    May you all find comfort in his love for all of you.

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