Wylie-Baxley Funeral Home

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Manuel George LaMonica

April 3, 1945February 6, 2020

Manuel George LaMonica, age 74, passed away on February 6, 2020. He was born in Los Angeles, California on April 3, 1945 son of the late George and Rose (Munoz) LaMonica. He grew up in New York City along with his 5 siblings. He served in the United States Army retiring after 22 years of service to our country. During his time in the military he was in Vietnam, 2 over sea’s tours, and the Warrior Prep Center in Landstuhl, Germany. Later he was employed by Government Intelligence Agencies. Mr. LaMonica’s passions included traveling and spending time with his family. Survivors include his wife of 50 years Janet; son Andrew; daughters Jennifer Cantu and Katherine (Doug) Thompson; brother Vito (Patti) LaMonica; sisters Carol (Ed) Biondi, Lee LaMonica, Jeanette (Tom) Davies, and Georgianna Arrigo; grandchildren Joley, Brody, Davis, Elena, and Olivia. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Divine Mercy Catholic Church (1940 N Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island) on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 12:30pm. Reception to follow at Wylie-Baxley Funeral Home (1360 N Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island). Memorial contribution may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.


  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, February 11, 2020


Manuel George LaMonica

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Janet DiPofi

February 11, 2020

Manny was my uncle and I loved him dearly. I may not have seen him as often as I would have liked or should have but I thought of him often. He was always so kind and patient and comforting when i was young. And he gave that same warmth and love to all of his family. I remember one special visit to see him and Aunt Janet. I traveled with his sister, my mom, and my dad and my three daughters and they instantly fell in love with him. He spent what seemed like and eternity in the pool with my youngest and she stills talks about him (and his wonderful dogs) to this day. His heart was so big you just loved him instantly. Plus he made the best sandwiches! I will never forget his kindness, compassion and smile. RIP uncle Manny. Thank you for being my calm in the storm when I was young xoxoxo

Doug Thompson

February 11, 2020

No words can really express my appreciation and love for Dad. He was the best Father in Law, Father, Husband, PopPop you could ask for. His kindness and love for his family was his life. Anytime he was surrounded by family and watching his grandkids you could see the pure joy it gave him. You will be missed greatly, Thank you for accepting me into your family with no judgment. I promise to take care of your daughter and grandson for life like you have taken care of your family...Love you... Doug.

Pat Thompson

February 8, 2020

Manny was my son Doug’s father in law, although we only had a few occasions to be together I found him to be a kind, friendly man. One thing that sticks out in my memories is of him & I dancing a crazy dance at Katherine & Dougs wedding!
Sympathy, prayers & love to his family!

Alfred Munoz

February 8, 2020

Manny was my cousin and my father was his uncle of the same name. My Dad always wanted me to be just like Manny and Manny was my inspiration to go to college and get my degree. I always looked up to him and will always be grateful for having him in my life. Our hearts and prayers are with his family and friends. May he Rest In Peace.

Katherine Thompson

February 8, 2020

This was Dad's favorite picture of him with Mom. I'm privileged that it was taken at my wedding to Doug. He loved Doug (and all of his family) so much and couldn't have been happier that day! I treasure so many memories of him and this one is truly a favorite.
Dad and Mom recently celebrated 50 years together...all the time showing each other and all of us (kids) love and support. Thank you both for the amazing life, love and memories you have given us these 50 years.
I love you