October 22nd, 1943-December 9th, 2012 It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we must announce the passing of our beloved father, husband, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to many, John Lloyd Monkman. If anyone marched to the beat of his own drum, it was Monk. A lover of all things natural, he was a hunter, a beagler and an engineer with the passion and aptitude to create almost anything by hand. He was a true maverick. Monk was the "straightest shooter" in the room and unapologetically spoke the truth. His frank, often acerbic wit and sense of humor pulled people towards him and fostered lifelong friendships too numerous to mention. His strong character belied his youthful soul and an optimistic gentleness that also drew the attention of youth, most especially the adoration of his grandson, who worshipped his beloved, mythical "Bumpa", like only a true motorhead would.
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All of his family and friends have witnessed an outpouring of support that truly attests to the reach, impact and influence that he had on this earth. Our very own legend, right to the very end, we love you 16 tons Dad.
Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Dec. 26, 2012