Woodstock – John E. “Jack” Mona, 85, passed away quietly on August 10, 2014 as a result of Parkinson’s disease. He is survived by John Winstanley, his partner of 60 years. Jack was born on October 22, 1928 in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York to the late Francis J. and Mary (Lenihan) Mona.
After graduating from Bishop Laughlin H.S. in Brooklyn, he held several jobs before serving in the Army. He was discharged as a Sergeant in 1952. For 15 years he worked for Allied Chemical Corp in management and marketing. When Allied Chemical was dissolved, he was employed by Kittinger Furniture Company and Bernholz Architectual Associates.
Formerly a resident of Brooklyn, NY, he retired to Woodstock in 1985 where he did volunteer work for Day Kimball Homemaker’s and the New Roxbury Land Trust. An avid gardener and world traveler, he enjoyed life to its fullest. Jack will be remembered by many for the annual “Thanksgiving in the Woods” celebration, a long standing Thanksgiving Day tradition among many families, at which he presided as host.
He is survived by nephews and nieces, Stephen, Gregory, Francis J. III Mona and Angela (Mona) Provisor. Also surviving are Robert F. William Mona and Regina (Mona) Casbon. He was predeceased by his brothers, Francis J. and Robert Mona. Jack will be remembered lovingly by all of his friends.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Jack’s family from 4:00pm to 7:00pm on Thursday, August 14, 2014 in the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam. A gathering will begin in the funeral home at 9:00 am on Friday, August 15, 2014 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am in Most Holy Trinity Church, 568 Pomfret Rd. Pomfret, CT. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to New Roxbury Land Trust, P.O. Box 98 Woodstock, CT 06281. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.