Charles Edward Monahan

November 29, 1939May 30, 2018
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Charles Edward Monahan November 29, 1939 ‐ May 30, 2018 It is with great sadness that the family of Charles Edward Monahan announce his passing at the age of 78. Charley will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 41 years, Doreen and his children, Paul Monahan, Erin Caiazza, Kathryn McCormack and Gary Monahan. Charley will also be fondly remembered by his Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren, Nicholas Caiazza, Finnegan McCormack, Payton Monahan, Carrigan McCormack, Stephanie Caiazza, Joseph Caiazza and Aidan Caiazza, by his brother, James Dresch. Charley was predeceased by his mother, Anne Monahan. Services will be held at: Hodges‐Kiser Funeral Home • 9231 Cypress Lake Drive • Fort Myers, FL 33919. for further information and directions June 16 and 17 at 2:00‐4:00pm and 7:00‐9:00pm Viewing for family and friends and Funeral Mass at: St. John XXIII Catholic Church • 13060 Palomino Lane • Fort Myers, FL 33912 June 18 at 10:00am ‐ Viewing; June 18 at 11:00am ‐ Funeral Mass Interment and Military Honors will follow: 2pm at Sarasota National Cemetery • 9810 State Road 72 • Sarasota, FL 34241. Charles enlisted in the US Army in 1958 until 1961, continued to serve in the reserves until 1991. He was stationed at Ft. Dix, NJ, Ft. Benning, GA, Ft. Jackson, SC, Ft. Lewis then Korea, Ft. Totten, NY and Ft. Hamilton, NY. Awards and associations include: 1st Calvary Division DMZ Police Company ‐ 1960 USO Meritorious Service ‐ 1991 Combat Infantrymen’s Association ‐ 2012. Charles had a remarkable life and distinguished career. He continued to serve his country in the NYPD for 25 years from March 1, 1967 ‐ February 29, 1992. Charley retired as a Detective Lieutenant Squad Commander. He started as a Patrolman in 1967 then Mounted Division in 1968. In 1973 he started the Original Anti Crime Unit on Staten Island, NY and became Detective. Promotions to Sergeant ‐ 1983, Lieutenant ‐ 1985 and Squad Commander of the 70 ‐ 1987 followed. Charley worked on High Profile cases within the NYPD from Serial Killers to Organized Crime. Awards, Certificates and Associations include: NYPD Emerald Society ‐1967 NYPD Mounted District Horsemanship Certificate ‐1968 NYPD Detective Endowment Association ‐ 1973 NYPD Detective Bureau Outstanding Investigator, Exemplify Skill, Perseverance and Dedication to Public Service ‐ 1978 NYPD Honor Legion award ‐ 1979 NYPD POLICE OFFICER OF THE MONTH ‐9/10/1981 NYPD Detective Bureau Homicide Seminar Certificate ‐ 1982 NYPD Detective Bureau Homicide Seminar Certificate ‐ 1982 NYPD Sergeant Psychological Profiling, Management and Orientation ‐ 1983 NYPD Sergeant Association ‐ 1983 to 1985 NYPD Intelligence Division Certificate ‐ 1985 NYPD Police Academy for Lieutenants Hostage Negotiation and Crime Scene Search ‐ 1985, NYPD Lieutenant Association ‐ 1985 to 1992 NYPD Detective Bureau Lt. Monahan for Dedication to Public Service ‐ 1987 NYPD Detective Bureau Lt. Monahan from the 70 Community Council Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service to the Community ‐ 1990 NYPD Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Achievement 70 Precinct Detective Unit ‐ 1990 1013 Club from Brevard County, FL Received the New York Finest Award from the Brooklyn South Detectives on 10/29/1992 On June 12, 1981 Charley graduated from the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA @ the 125th Session. 10 years of service. Awards, Certificates and Associations include: FBI Sharpshooter Award ‐ 1981 South Hampton Police Dept. Certificate of Commendation ‐ 1981 Houston Fire Dept. Fire Chief for the Day. Recognition and Appreciation for Outstanding Contribution to the Fire Service ‐ 1981 FBI DNA Technology Certificate ‐ 1986 FBI Juvenile Offenders and Victims Certificate ‐ 1987 FBI Inter Personal Violence ‐ 1988 FBI Deadly Force and Liability Certificate ‐ 1989 FBI Gambling Technology Certificate ‐ 1990 FBI Serial Homicide Award ‐ 1991 Charley was an original employee for the Boston Red Sox when they came into Ft. Myers Spring Training Area. He worked at the City of Palms Park for 20 years. The Red Sox built a new stadium called Jet Blue Park which Charley worked at for the next 5 years until he retired due to grave illness. He worked security for the scouts, ball players and their families. He also handled the tickets and seating. Awards, Certificates and Associations include: EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR ‐ 2011 and 2014. (An unheard of accomplishment) Monster Service Award from the Boston Red Sox ‐ 2016 Charley belonged to the Shriners from 2001 to 2018 Awards, Certificates and Associations include: 32nd Degree Master of the Royal Secret ‐ 2001 for Life Knight Templar 2001 ‐2018 He belonged to the York Rites 2001‐2018 Tropical Lodge ‐ 2001 ‐ 2018 Charley and Doreen renewed their wedding vows in Ireland on Jan 15, 1989 in a Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland. This past January 16, 2018 in Disney World, a perfect gathering of family and friends, witnessed Charley and Doreen renew their vows for a second time. “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow up to be”, Charles “Charley” was a wonderful husband and man. He was loved and respected by all who knew him.


  • Visitation Saturday, June 16, 2018
  • Visitation Saturday, June 16, 2018
  • Visitation Sunday, June 17, 2018
  • Visitation Sunday, June 17, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Monday, June 18, 2018
  • Military Honors Monday, June 18, 2018

Charles Edward Monahan

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Robert Smolka

June 26, 2018

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Robert & Barbara Smolka

Edward Kehoe

June 24, 2018

One reads the obituary and can not help but to see a man of commitment, strength and dedication to family and to duty. These are qualities that are widely recognized. Sought after by many, and as we all know achieved by very few. Charley leaves behind the awards, medals,commendations and various honorary certificates that signify a devotion to duty and a life well lived, and that is as it should be. These things however, because of their high visibility can sometimes overshadow other qualities that are perhaps only known and appreciated by a few of his closest friends, family and by his wife Doreen more than anybody because she has them too.

The man had an innate ability to recognized the fact that not everybody could rise to the level of achievement attained by him. This was not seen as a sign of weakness but rather as an opportunity to use a different skill set that he had already fine tuned because of frequent use over the period of a lifetime. That skill set can best be defined as kindness and compassion. You could never be a wall flower at any occasion at which Charley was present. If you were not a family member it didn't take long before he made you feel like one. When ever he saw a need with a family or friend, he made it his business to try to fill it. My wife Bobbie, loved him for it, frankly, so did I.

These qualities in a man are seldom recognized for what they truly represent, that being said it would be difficult to find any man made awards or representation such as those heretofore mentioned. Primarily, because we as human beings wouldn't know where to start. Having said that however, there are most definitely awards and I'm sure rewards for these well practiced and all to often unrecognized qualities. But they will be coming from a much higher authority, one far more qualified to recognized them for what they truly are. That being said I'm certain that Charley is already in receipt of them right now. Charley was my friend and I will miss him.

Nick Muglia

June 18, 2018

If I close my eyes and think back to my childhood...I can see my Uncle Charley’s face and hear his voice as clearly as if it were yesterday. It is a gift I am grateful for because Uncle Charley was a special man to me and my family...especially my Dad.
Every year my Dad spoke to Uncle Charley on the anniversary of the day they both entered the NYPD Police Academy (3/1/1967).
I also make a call to my Dad every year on that day and looked forward to hearing about his call to Uncle Charley. Although I have not seen him in many years, I always knew what Uncle Charley was up to because of those phone calls.

The news of his passing is painful, but I am forever grateful to Uncle Charley for so many wonderful childhood memories. I am confident he knew how much we all loved him.

The people that help build your childhood are priceless, and it is important to honor them.
The best way to do this is to never forget them....and I promise, I will never forget you Uncle Charley.

To my Aunt Doreen....thank you for taking such incredible care of Uncle Charley. I hope and pray that you will find some peace in the wonderful memories he left for you.

With Love.....Nicky

Maria Muglia

June 17, 2018

I have cherished memories of Uncle Charley and Aunt Doreen. Two very special people to me - beautiful people who were always so happy, and loving . We spent New Year’s Eve together for many years (New York), and those celebrations were magical.
My dear Uncle - you were strong, and sweet - my family loved you so much. You are a beloved friend to my Dad - and he will miss you terribly.
Truth be told - I dreamed of you last night - you were handsome as ever - and I felt joy to see you . I got to hear that laugh of yours - and I know we all would love to hear that again - thanks for giving me that gift .
Eternal peace to you , Uncle Charley . Always always in my heart . I will never ever forget you - just that simple.

Todd Smith

June 16, 2018

Charlie was a physical therapy patient of mine, as a patient he was highly do things on his own, and he would often test me see if I was paying attention, as time passed through our many treatment sessions together I grew to consider Charlie not just a patient, but he and Doreen as friends. He and Doreen's love and commitment to each other is inspiring, I can only hope to one day have a love like that. You will be missed Charlie. My prayers go out to Doreen and the family.

Kevin & Maureen Clapp

June 15, 2018

Charley, You have been sorely missed from the Boston Red Sox Spring Training, Ticket Office at JetBlue Park, not only by your fellow staff members, but by all the other employees and fans that have known you over the years.. You have been the anchorman in the windows, supplying the Will Call tickets to the friends and family members of the Red Sox for so long. I remember working next to you on game days at the City of Palms Park. I would pester you about your oxygen beeping, and you would come back with, "You sound like my wife". Our end of season banquets have never been the same, without you and Doreen. We remember the one time we stayed till the wee hours of the morning, talking and finishing the leftovers from the banquet. Our St. Patty's Day games, we always expect to see Doreen buzzing around the Park with all sorts of hats, beads and green. You two were our Leprechauns! May the Irish Angels take care of you in Heaven and Doreen here on earth! Friends, Maureen & Kevin Clapp

Robert and Judy McHugh

June 13, 2018

Bob and I were sadden by the death of your loving husband Charley. No one, who knew Charley is likely to forget the courage of his faith and brightness of his friendship. May his soul rest in peace and may God grant solace and consolation to his dearly devoted wife Doreen and his family.

Kathy Millnamow

June 13, 2018

My Deepest Condolences to my Cousin who is like a sister to me and Charley like my brother in law, I /We are so sad . Charley was a sweet kind very generous man, always a gentleman he always held the door for me and for all of us. He always took such good care of all of us. We had such good times driving to Long Island, The Poconos, Staten Island Walnut Ave, Robinson Ave and our house Seidman Ave and of course when we visited Florida and going to Disney. Doreen was a sweet loving caring wife she adored Charley and he adored her they were each others soul mates. I / We miss you Charl, our deepest condolences to his children and Grandchildren and his brother Jimmy We love you Doreen and are here for you. Miss you Charl Love Kathy and Tom and Big Bob until we meet again keep an eye on us. Love you forever

Katy McCormack

June 12, 2018

Katy McCormack

June 12, 2018

Finnegan and Grandpa