Richard E. Monckton
Richard E. Monckton
  • January 10, 1928 - July 28, 2017
  • Port Saint Lucie, Florida

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Mr. Richard Edward Monckton Jr., 89, died Friday, July 28, 2017. Born January 10, 1928, he was the son of Annie Riebling Monckton and Richard Monckton Sr.

Until January 2015, Richard lived in Columbia, S.C., where he attended A.C. Moore, Hand Middle and Columbia High schools. From 1945-48, he served in the Army Air Corps, which became the U.S. Air Force while he was enlisted.

He was a 1952 graduate of the University of South Carolina and was an avid Gamecocks supporter, cheering on his favorite team in every sport and eager to sound out a "cock-a-doodle-doo" whenever there was an opportunity.

Richard worked as a salesman for many companies. He earned his real estate broker's license and insurance and securities licenses. Monckton Boulevard in Columbia marks one of his family's many former real estate holdings, which included the land that now holds the Carolina Coliseum and the Koger Center for the Arts.

He was a charter member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, where he served as an usher and Eucharistic minister and loved to hear the choir sing. He was proud to be in the Knights of Columbus, the Golden K Kiwanis and the American Legion.

He was an animal lover who often recalled tales of his dogs, Baron and Pedro, and his cats, Buffy, Patches, Amadeus and, of course, Bika, whom he would take for rides in his car.

Richard loved to meet people and considered all strangers a new friend-to-be. He leaves behind many wonderful friends and caregivers at Harbor Place Assisted Living in Port St. Lucie.

Richard's faith was clear to all around him. His friends commented that he was surely in heaven, but if St. Peter did stop him at the gate, he would talk his way in.

Richard is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mary Lou Rogers Monckton; daughters, Elizabeth Monckton Jatczak of Jensen Beach, Fla. and Mary Frances Monckton Hendrix of Aiken, S.C.; sons-in-law, John Jatczak and Andrew Hendrix; and his beautiful sweetie-pie granddaughters, Emily, Madeline and Abigail Jatczak and Sarah and Grace Hendrix. He was preceded in death by sisters, Margaret Ann Gerard and Mary Frances Monckton.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7:00 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, 2017 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel. A funeral Mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with burial following at St. Peter's Cemetery.

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