Ernest Dario "Ernie" Monaro (1937 - 2018)

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Ernest Dario Monaro, 81, of Dunnellon, died at home Monday, May 28, 2018 while being cared for by his wife, Elisa, and Hospice of Marion County.
Ernie was born May 17, 1937, in Trieste, Italy. He was the son of the late Marcello and Maria Monaro.
Ernie came from Italy as a young man to New York while working in the kitchens aboard the Italian Cruise Liner "Vulcania." He devoted his young life toward becoming a master of the culinary arts. He achieved that goal becoming the executive chef at the Shenorock Shore Club, Milton Point, in Rye, New York, and he remained in that position for 22 years.
In the early 1990s, Chef Ernie moved to Delray Beach to enjoy the warmer weather. He eventually became the executive sous chef at Gleneagles Country Club in Delray Beach. There, he met and married his wife, Elisa, of 23 years.
Ernie took much pleasure in being a dad to his son, Anthony. He taught Anthony the game of golf, which he loved and they continued to play together whenever they had the chance. After 11 wonderful years at Gleneagles and the Delray Beach area, Ernie and his family moved to Dunnellon seeking a gentler, quieter way of life.
Upon deciding that he wasn't quite ready to retire, he took a position at Juliette's Restaurant at Rainbow Springs Country Club and eventually took over the kitchen as the executive chef. He remained in that position until the club closed in December of 2015.
He loved being at home surrounded by the quite woodlands and took much pleasure in completing projects that made his house a home. He enjoyed relaxing and watching every sporting event he could. He was an excellent golfer and cycled extensively in his younger years. He absolutely loved to cook for his wife, Elisa, and all of his family and friends. He could never say no, and always had a smile for whomever he met. His constant companions at home were his "lucky" dogs, Huey and Montana.

Those left to cherish his memories are his wife, Elisa Monaro; his son, Anthony Monaro and wife, Jennifer, and Ernie was a proud "Nono" to 4-month-old, Easton Lee, his first grandchild. He leaves a brother, Gianfranco Monaro, and daughter, Antonella Potok, and her husband, Alessandro, their two sons, Nicholas and Manuel, and son Claudio and wife, Nicoletta; brother, Malvino Monaro, and his wife, Vasso, all of Trieste, Italy; cousin, Luciano Colella, his wife, Mariella, their two daughters, Loredona and Patricia, of Rome, Italy. Ernie also had special friendships, which he cherished, and regarded as family.
Ernie was preceded in death by brother, Sergio, and two sisters, Marcella and Luciana.
Family will receive relatives and friends for a time of sharing and reflection at 5 p.m. Friday, June 1, 2018 followed by a memorial service celebrating Ernie's life at Roberts Funeral Home of Dunnellon.
Memorial contributions can be made to VOCAL Voices of Change Animal
League: 6393 SW 52nd St., Ocala, FL 34474 or to Hospice of Marion County:
3231 SW 34th Ave., Ocala, FL 34474.
Expressions of sympathy can be expressed at
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Roberts Funeral Home And Crematory Of Dunnellon Inc
19939 E Pennsylvania Ave
Dunnellon, FL 34432
(352) 489-2429
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Published in Riverland News on May 31, 2018