Charles Joseph Monahan

May 1, 1936June 25, 2020

Charles J. Monahan, age 84 died on June 25, 2020. Mr. Monahan and his wife moved to Raleigh in 2004. He was born in NYC.

During the early 1960’s, Mr. Monahan served in the Army reserves for six years, first with the Military Police and later as a Captain in the JAG Corps. Mr. Monahan was a nationally recognized tax lawyer who practiced in Washington DC until his retirement in 1998. He began his career with the Chief Counsel’s Office of the IRS where he assisted the tax-writing Committees of the Congress and the Treasury Department in the development of tax legislation. He was also assigned the responsibility of drafting IRS related Executive Orders for the signatures of Presidents Kennedy and Johnson.

In 1969, Mr. Monahan joined a DC law firm that is the oldest tax law firm in the U.S. As a partner in the firm, he represented major national and multi-national corporations in the oil, natural gas, mineral, chemical, banking, aircraft, and automobile and motion picture industries. He was active in the Tax Section of the American Bar Association and held two Subcommittee Chairmanships. He also specialized in Federal Election Law matters.

For recreation, Mr. Monahan loved scuba diving and dove for over 20 years off the Atlantic Coast, Bermuda, the Bahamas and a variety of Caribbean islands as far south as Bonaire. In retirement he became a member of the Evergreen Society of Johns Hopkins University and later the OLLI Program at NC State University.

Survivors include his wife of almost 60 years, Kathleen (Schlaich) Monahan, two sons living in Raleigh, Bryan (wife Paula) and Daniel (wife Kristi), a daughter, Mary, living in the DC area and three grandchildren, Michael, Patrick and Bridget.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, any memorial contributions be made to St. Francis of Assisi Church or to the contributor’s favorite charity.

No funeral arrangements or memorial services are scheduled at this time.


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Charles Joseph Monahan

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June 26, 2020

Sending our most sincere condolences to all of the Monahans. We know he was great family man, friend and lawyer who lived an exemplary life and we know how much you all will miss him. I am fondly recalling great times, especially in the 70s and early 80s at the Old Cabin home, which was always a welcoming sanctuary. We are praying that you feel God's comforting love at this hard time. Much Love, Rocco and Donna

Jeannie Mancuso-Kurtz

June 26, 2020

Such a wonderful husband, father and friend.
A great example to his wonderful children. He will be missed.
Hugs and prayers Monahan Family - you are all very special friends.