OBITUARY

John Christopher LaMonica

July 23, 1955March 13, 2016

John "Jay" Christopher LaMonica was born in Rye, NY on July 23, 1955. He was pre-deceased by his parents John Anthony LaMonica, Jr. and Constance Creadore LaMonica and is survived by his sisters Lynn Black (William) and Jacquelyn Stuart (James). After a brave struggle with cancer his family surrounded him when he passed away peacefully on March 13, 2016 in McLean, VA at home. A stubborn love held together 31 years of marriage to the "prettiest girl [he] ever saw," Teresa Hanrahan LaMonica. They had four children, Robert Walter Letendre, Jr. (Aline), John Gabriel LaMonica (Leah), Anna Felicitas LaMonica (Christopher, betrothed), Laura Teresa LaMonica; 4 grandchildren, Carolynne Antonia Letendre, John Gabriel LaMonica, Jr., Theodore August LaMonica, and Eloise Josephine LaMonica; and many nieces and nephews. His love for them was stubborn too and they called him Papa Jay.

He was an award winning veteran documentary producer who reported from every corner of the globe. From Central Asia to the Middle East to southern Africa; from the secret nuclear cities of Siberia to New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, LaMonica told stories of humanity for ABC News Nightline. In 2006 he took the legacy of journalism from that program with him to Discovery, where he produced cutting-edge documentaries with Ted Koppel on subjects as diverse as the threat from Iran, the emergence of China, the history of race relations in America, and surviving cancer.

His mother sent him to Georgetown University, a small Catholic school in Washington, DC run by Jesuits. He attended the School of Foreign Service there and in 1979 he became associated with the Center for Strategic and International Studies and served as an Adjunct Fellow. At CSIS he began working as a producer and national security consultant for ABC News. He took a Benton Fellowship in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Chicago in 1987. The awards he won during his storied career as a broadcast journalist include a legion of National Emmys, including 2 for Investigative Reporting, several DuPont-Columbia and Peabody Awards, the Global Health Council Excellence in Media Award and the Overseas Press Club Edward R. Murrow Award.

Most recently he was Executive Producer at America Tonight, Al Jazeera America’s flagship newsmagazine. He was a member of Zambia Orphans of AID (ZOA), the St. Peter Claver Society, and the Knights of Columbus in McLean, VA.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, March 16 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Murphy Funeral Home (Rosary at 7 p.m.), 1102 W. Broad Street, Falls Church, Virginia followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at St. John the Beloved, at 6420 Linway Terrace, McLean, VA 22101.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the St. Peter Claver Society and HOPE in Northern Virginia, where he was a dedicated volunteer.

Arrangements under the direction of Murphy Falls Church Funeral Home, Falls Church, Virginia.

Services

  • Afternoon Visitation Wednesday, March 16, 2016
  • Evening Visitation Wednesday, March 16, 2016
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, March 17, 2016
REMEMBERING

John Christopher LaMonica

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Mark Hardy

April 4, 2016

Dear Teresa, It saddens me to hear of your loss - that a very special man was taken away from us so soon. Knowing how much he meant to so many. My warm thoughts go out to you and your children.

Richard Owens

March 31, 2016

I attended Rye High with Jay. We were good friends. I remember fondly, going over his house, where he had a new record player, and we listened to Morrison Hotel until the house shook.! He was different than anyone I had met- Jay had a certain gentleness; a sweetness about him.I can see what he's accomplished in his life - big family;charity work;admired professional and many friendships. That kindness and sweetness seems to have carried over into his adult life.We are all better for having been a part of his world. I am sorry for your loss.

Richard W. Owens

Jeremy Young

March 27, 2016

I'm proud to call Jay one of my mentors, but mostly he was a friend. He was always so caring and interested in my life beyond the office. He ALWAYS asked about my wife and daughter in a way that was so sincere. I always admired how proud he was of his grandchildren.

I will miss him and think of him often. I've gotten to know his family a bit more in the past few months, how lucky he was to have them by his side, I wish them the best as they mourn their loss.

Jonathan Meyers

March 25, 2016

Sorry for your loss. I worked with Jay briefly on a documentary produced for the US Air Force on Arms Control. His kindness and clear direction allowed me spend many weeks in the Pentagon and expose me to a new world. Best to the family.

March 20, 2016

Dear Teresa, I just learned of Jay's passing tonight watching the tribute to him on TV. I am so sorry to hear this very sad news. Having lived next door to you and your family for a few years, his dedication to his family and his kindness was evident in every interaction. My thoughts and prayer are with you and your children. God Bless you all. Sincerely, Christine Jung and family

Chip Berman

March 19, 2016

Dear Teri
Jay and I shared great times as Hoyas, adventures that with hindsight, reflected the character that his adult self became. From Jay I learned that we do not say goodbye, just a quick see you in a bit. Much love. Chipper

John Cooney

March 19, 2016

Jay and I were pals at Georgetown and for the four decades since. Barbara and I send our deepest sympathies. Jay was just a wonderful guy!

Courtney Murphy

March 18, 2016

I'm so sorry for your loss. I feel grateful to have known Jay and to have called him a colleague and friend. My prayers are with your whole family and I know Jay will be smiling down and with you, each and every day. Blessings to all of you. Courtney King Murphy

Kim & John Sharifi

March 17, 2016

So sorry for your loss. Our hearts and prayers go out to your and your family.

Steve Cassaday

March 17, 2016

Teri,

Jay was a good man and will be missed. Mary and I are thinking about you and your family during this very sad time.