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Michael Francis Xavier Monaghan

michael monaghan

August 17, 1948 ~ July 28, 2023

Born in: Washington, DC
Resided in: Alexandria, VA

Michael Francis Xavier Monaghan passed away peacefully on July 28, 2023 of complications from Progressive Supranuclear Palsy(PSP) a rare form of Parkinson’s.

Born on August 17, 1948 to John and Mary Louise Monahan he was the only son of 5 children. Michael grew up in Hyattsville Maryland and graduated from Northwestern High School in 1966.  He had a talent for working on cars and he was able to fix almost anything. Michael survived a serious injury as a child due to the rapid lifesaving actions of two C & P installers and ultimately chose to work for C & P Telephone and Bell Atlantic where he held many jobs during his 30 year from Cable Splicer to Engineer. After his first retirement he owned his own business Spring Street Associates for 6 years, worked with the City of Alexandria Fire Department as a Code Enforcement Supervisor and was an Electrical estimator before finally retiring the last time due to his illness. The greatest joy of his life was being able to be active and involved in raising his 3 wonderful sons. His warm open heart led to him filling the role of adopted brother and father figure to many of his friends and their children. In his spare time, he designed and built the family home in Alexandria with his wife Ellen.  Prior to his illness Michael was an active volunteer with many organizations including the Telephone Pioneers and several Boy Scout Troops in Maryland and Virginia. Michael volunteered as an EMT for both the City of Alexandria and Fairfax County Fire Departments.

Michael was a Vietnam Era veteran serving with Company C, 5th Signal Battalion. Honorably discharged from the Army he spent time backpacking across Europe with his best friend John before returning to civilian life.  Always up for an adventure, Michael enjoyed, scuba diving with his oldest sister Mary Lou, Sky Diving at the University of Maryland, white water rafting, hiking, traveling, bicycling, annual trips to PA and spending time with his family and friends. His hospitality was legendary especially in Ocean City where he shared his love of the beach with everyone lucky enough to know him.  He never let his illness stop him from what he wanted to do, even if it wasn’t exactly what he was supposed to be doing. He loved telling the stories of the many experiences he’s had in his life, and would repeat those stories to his cousin Mary, Julie, Kevin and all the others when they would visit. He had many friends and people who knew him in his life and I’m sure they can all agree that Mike was a force to be reckoned with. His intelligence, sense of humor, friendliness, and kindness will be deeply missed.

He is predeceased by his parents John and Mary Louise Monahan and nephew Christopher Gregory. Michael is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Ellen and sons Christopher, Matthew and Thomas; and his four sisters, Mary Lou Monahan, Marjorie Gamel, Kathleen Chaney, and Grace Gregory.

A viewing will be held at St. Louis Catholic Church in Alexandria (2907 Popkins Ln, Alexandria, VA 22306) on Friday, August 11, 2023  from 10:00am to 11:00am with a service to follow immediately after. In lieu of flowers the family asks donations to be made in Michaels name to:  psp.org/iwanttohelp/ways-to-give/ or by mail to CurePSP at 1216 Broadway, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001.

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Viewing: August 11, 2023 10:00 am - 11:00 am

St. Louis Catholic Church
2907 Popkins Lane
Alexandria, VA 22306


Mass of Christian Burial: August 11, 2023 11:00 am

St. Louis Catholic Church
2907 Popkins Lane
Alexandria, VA 22306


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  1. Michael Monaghan. DO NOT forget the ‘g’. It was a pleasure and privilege to have known him. Michael is a cousin, relatively speaking. Albeit several times removed and not by blood. But, everyone is related by Carbondale standards, are they not?
    Michael brought laughter, joy, and good tipple to any event. He was a generous and sharing person. This was not a man just Waiting for Godot. He had much purpose and meaning in his life. He was a devoted husband, father, family man, and friend. Michael could dabble in philosophy with the best of them as I first learned from pre and post-mortem ‘Hunting Camp’ story sessions (I was a girl, so, no firsthand knowledge for moi) whilst sitting around Uncle Eddie’s kitchen with all the regular characters. You know who they were.
    He had a particularly light hearted, empathic and positive attitude toward people and life. I was richer for having known him.
    I am sure there are some very happy men drinking beer at the Hunting Camp up above.
    Our loss, their gain.

  2. I’m gonna miss the big lug,
    Rest in peace, my brother.
    Thanks for being my friend.

    I am just hoping the estate will be able to repay past damages, to my truck, when mike decided to start flailing away with a 357 magnum when we were driving down the road at 2 o’clock in the morning, in Carbondale

    Did he shoot himself or did he not?
    I am the only beholder of that fact.

  3. I haven’t seen Mike for many years, life takes many directions. He certainly was a fixture in our family. He gave me great advice many years ago. The exact verbiage I don’t remember but it summed up to “ listen to what older people have to say, they’ve been through it already” I’ve never forgotten that and it’s so true. To Ellen, his sons and family, I am so sorry for your loss…❤️

  4. So sorry for the delay but this has been the hardest year. I am so thankful to everyone for their fond memories and kind thoughts. I too will miss his laughter and kind heart


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