portrait picture for Robert James Monahan

Services: A Solemn High Requiem Mass will be celebrated Monday, at 10:00 AM, in St. Mary Church, 669 West Avenue, Norwalk. Burial: Entombment will follow in Putnam Cemetery, 35 Parsonage Road, Greenwich. Wake: Friends may call Sunday 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk. The Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 PM, in the funeral home, led by Father Richard Cipolla. Donations: Contributions are requested to Sisters of Life, St. Paul the Apostle Convent, 586 McLean Avenue, Yonkers, NY  10705

Robert James Monahan


November 26, 1930 - April 7, 2011

Robert James Monahan, 80, of New Canaan, died Thursday, April 7th, at home. He was the husband of the late Marie O’Donohue Monahan.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, November 26, 1930, son of the late Joseph and Margaret Devine Monahan, he was a 1953 graduate of Fordham University. Mr. Monahan served in the U. S. Army Intelligence Corps in the early fifties. Prior to retirement he was a stockbroker and member of the New York Stock Exchange with the firm, Alex Brown and Company, of Baltimore, Maryland. Mr. Monahan had been a New Canaan resident since 1998 and previously of North Stamford.

Survivors include a son; David Robert Monahan, and wife Siobhan, of Port Chester, New York, one daughter; Bridget Marie Monahan Kerlek, and husband Jason, of Bristow, Virginia, one sister; Joan Maher, of Glen Ridge, New Jersey, a brother; Joseph Monahan, of Staten Island, New York, six grandchildren; Michael, Teresa Marie, Katerina, and Patrick Liam Kerlek, Brendan Robert Monahan and Christopher George Monahan.

A Solemn High Requiem Mass will be celebrated Monday, at 10:00 AM, in St. Mary Church, 669 West Avenue, Norwalk. Entombment will follow in Putnam Cemetery, 35 Parsonage Road, Greenwich.

Friends may call Sunday 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk.

The Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 PM, in the funeral home, led by Father Richard Cipolla.

Contributions are requested to Sisters of Life, St. Paul the Apostle Convent, 586 McLean Avenue, Yonkers, NY  10705

  1. I am so sorry for your loss, I remember meeting Mr. Monahan and his kindness and generosity to all those he helped will be remembered. May Our Lord and Lady welcome him into paradise.

    September 28, 2011
    Michael Bowes -
  • To the Kerlek and Monahan families; We are so sorry for your loss and pray for all of you to find comfort in God’s infinite mercy and love. Your dad/ father-in-law/ grandfather left behind the best legacy of all, one of strong commitment to the Faith. He is a shining example for all of us. God bless you all.

    September 28, 2011
    The Robert Gasper Family -
  • David and Bridget, I remember your father as being sweet, kind and never judgmental with anyone. His love of God will guide you through the days and years to come.

    September 28, 2011
    Lori Singer-Connell -
  • Very sorry to hear of the loss of this wonderful man, who had such a positive impact on so many lives. His great faith, warm generosity, and terrific sense of humor were an inspiration to many. RIP

    September 28, 2011
    Mike Guarnieri -
  • You and your family are in our loving prayers. Your generosity led us to the Sisters of Life, and deeper into the loving arms of Mater Ecclesia. What a gentleman. What a model Catholic. You are sorely missed, and profoundly admired and loved. Pray for us.

    September 28, 2011
    Tim and Lorraine Markey -
  • I am so sorry to have lost a recent, but close friend. Although I had only gotten to know Robert two summers ago, I felt a great affinity to him, as we both shared a love of St Mary and the traditional mass. Robert was on an Ignatian Spiritual Exercises retreat with me in July, 2009, and even though it was a silent retreat, we communicated deeply that weekend. From that point until this moment I considered him a friend and knew what a special person he was. He and I took a trip just about a year ago to the NA HQ of the FSSP to visit Fr. Flood and tour St Gregory Academy. I will never forget his company on the drive over and back. I was looking forward to many more years of friendship, and am deeply saddened by his passing. But I know he is now in a better place and together with his beloved wife Marie, whom he spoke of frequently. May he rest in peace and see the face of God.

    September 28, 2011
    Tom Heckel -
  • My sincere and deepest condolences to the whole family, children, in laws, grandchildren and bothers and sisters. Robert was a wonderful catholic and friend. We will miss him. Ms Vinnie Di Mauro

    September 28, 2011
    Ms Vinnie Di Mauro -
  • Our sincere sympathy, condolences and prayers go out to Bob’s Family and friends at this sad time. He was a wonderful and benevolent human being….. We have enjoyed being in his company especially during activities involving the Sister’s of Life. He will be missed by all that new him.

    September 28, 2011
    Peggy & Phil shalala -
  • Dear David, Siobhan, Bridget and Jason, I am very sorry to learn of the passing of your father. The bright light of our world has dimmed today. Your father was truly a force for good. In our many conversations over the years, he never wavered, he was always focused on what was important; Faith and Family. He always asked about my parents, and sisters, and were they doing well? And he always reminded me that someday in my future, my wife and family would be a treasure I would cherish.( I do.) When it comes to Faith, Bob was the most unwaveringly dedicated Catholic I know who was not wearing a cassock. From his days reading at Holy Spirit Church, to the many priests and nuns he was friends with, to the daily masses he attended (at places I’d never even heard of until he told me, like the Sisters of St. Claire on Long Ridge Road in Stamford) he was versed in our faith in a way that few people ever are. He was always a Defender of the Faith and encouraged me, even when my spirit was weak and faith faltering, reminding me our rewards are not to be found in this life, but the next. And to always stay faithful to God’s grace and eternal love. Slan Abhaile, “Goodbye, and Safe Journey Home” Mr. Monahan. I’m sure you and Marie are together once again. Love, Peter and Tina Kinahan

    September 28, 2011
    Peter Kinahan -
  • Dad, I will always miss you, as I miss Mom. Please pray for our family and all your Grandkids that they may have the same beautiful love and devotion to the Catholic Church that you did. You have been an incredible beacon in our lives. May your Faith grow within David and me and in our spouses and children. I know my children will miss Papa deeply. Michael Alexander, Teresa Marie, Katerina Rose and Patrick Liam each had a special relationship with my Dad. May his prayers continue for each of his dear Grandchildren whom he loved so much! Safe Home, Dad!

    September 28, 2011
    Bridget (Monahan) Kerlek -
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