Francis “Frank” V. Monaco, 77, of Oakland, NJ, passed away on Monday, December 7, 2020, from complications of COVID-19. Barbara, his cherished wife of 55 years, and their three children, Sandra, Frank and Robert, were by his side.
He was a doting Grandfather to Alexander Monaco, Francesca and Danielle Burton and Giovanni and Annabella Monaco, and a loving father-in-law to Doug Burton and Rebecca Monaco.
The middle child with six siblings, Frank was a devoted brother to Louie Monaco and Maria Fogleman, the late Margaret Nutile, the late Albert Negro, the late Patricia Tansky and the late Barbara Glover. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and other extended family members.
Frank was born in New York City and grew up in Lodi, NJ. He met Barbara at Eclipse Bowling Lanes in Hasbrouck Heights in 1962 and they married in 1965.
As a young couple, Frank and Barbara lived in Wood Ridge and worked as the superintendents for Windsor Apartments while they started a family and saved up for their first house. Frank was a proud member of Sheet Metal Workers Local No. 28 and worked on many construction projects, including the World Trade Center, South Street Seaport and the original Giants Stadium.
In 1971 the Monaco family moved to Oswego Avenue in Oakland and six years later to the house on Thackeray Road where Frank resided until his death.
Frank’s love for Oakland ran deep. He was a long-time active member of the Recreation Program, coached baseball, basketball and soccer, fundraised endlessly, ran the Rec Field Concession Stand and helped in any other way that was needed. He is a former President of the Oakland Father’s Club and was extremely honored to be named to the Oakland Hall of Fame.
In addition, for five years Frank was the proud owner of Oakland Farms located on Elm Street in the heart of town.
After retiring from Local 28 in 2001, Frank formed a construction company in Trinidad where he oversaw the building of a casino. Later he worked part-time installing display cases for Aladdin Mills and Mohawk.
Frank was a frequent and passionate speaker at Oakland Town Council Meetings and cared deeply about the town’s governance, its history and its future.
He enjoyed watching old movies, playing friendly poker games, taking casino trips with Barbara, and meeting his buddies weekly for breakfast. Each winter he spent days creating a festive outdoor Christmas display for the neighborhood to enjoy.
In retirement he was always lending a hand (and his tools) to anyone in need. Frank was a captivating storyteller and loved people. He was proud to be an active part of the community and no matter where he was people stopped to talk to him. He also enjoyed campaigning for Donald Trump.
Frank took pride in everything he did. His word was his bond. His passion was endless. His sense of family and community was everything.
The family invites those who loved Frank to a service at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus on Friday, December 11 at 11:00 a.m.