McEwen Funeral Service-Mint Hill Chapel

7428 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Charlotte, NC


Walter Monestere

May 17, 1941December 30, 2016

Walter “Spike” Monestere, age 75, of Matthews, North Carolina, passed away on December 30th, 2016, surrounded by family.

He was born May 17, 1941, in Hollis Queens, raised in Freeport, New York and preceded in death by his mother, Florence (Clench) Tucciarone and father, Andrew P. Monestere.

Spike retired from the Nassau County Police Department as an Electrical Supervisor. He dedicated his life to the Freeport Volunteer Fire Department and proudly served as their Chief 1978-79. He was a member of several Firematic Committees in New York on the local, county, and state levels. He served as the President of the Board of Trustees at the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) Firemen’s Home in Hudson, New York 1998–2000.

Spike is survived by his loving wife, Kathleen (Halvorsen); his three children, Jeanette M. Darr, Patricia A. Stortz (Ronald), and Thomas A. Monestere; along with his grandsons, Nicholas and Christopher Darr, Ryan and Eric Stortz; and his great-granddaughter, Ashlyn Marie Darr. He was a beloved brother to Andrew C. Monestere, Joseph Monestere (Merrill) and the late John Monestere. He will be greatly missed by many but, especially his loving friends, Thomas Eiswerth, John C. “Chris” Darr, and his furry companion, Fred.

In lieu of flowers the family has asked that memorial donations on his behalf are made to the following organizations: FASNY Firemen’s Home, 125 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson, New York 12534, or New Outreach Christian Center, 3900 Gossett Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28208, Attn: Pastor Brenda Stevenson.

A Memorial Service will be held in the Spring of 2017 in Freeport, New York. Hungerford and Clark Funeral Home will provide services and scheduling once the date has been finalized.

Arrangements under the direction of McEwen Funeral Service, Mint Hill Chapel, Mint Hill, North Carolina.


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Fred & Mary Muller

January 15, 2017

Spike was a dear friend since high school. He was always helping others through out
his lifetime. So many memories, of growing up together, at one time living next door to each other, visits, running fire calls with him and his love for the fire service will never be forgotten. The world needs more people like Spike. My sincere condolences to all his family.

Fred & Mary Muller Oneonta NY


January 7, 2017

My sincere condolences to the family of Walter. May God comfort and strengthen you during this difficult time because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6,7

Virgil Zirpolo

January 6, 2017

Spike was a member of NCVFPA. As past president I remember how will he was liked.

Virgil Zirpolo Parkville,Maryland (Port Washington,NY>)

Jim Taylor

January 6, 2017

Spike was a very nice gentleman and I enjoyed knowing him. I valued his insight regarding the fire service and appreciated his service to our community. Thank you Spike, job well done sir. He will be missed.

January 6, 2017

worked with spike in the police dept. one of the great guys. he will be missed by all jay cartman

Dennis Downing

January 6, 2017

I had the pleasure of talking with Spike every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the last few years. A very nice gentleman who will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences.