February 11, 1941 - November 30, 2018
On November 30, 2018, Edward Wesley Monkley of Charlottetown, PE, age 77, peacefully passed away at the Garden Nursing Home in Charlottetown, PE. Edward was the son of the late G. Lorne and Edna (Champion) Monkley.
Edward was born in Summerside, PE, on February 11, 1941. He was raised and educated in Summerside. He loved to play baseball, hockey and curling. A highlight of his childhood was attending the Queen’s Scout Jamboree in Niagara Falls, ON.
Edward joined the Canadian Reserves PEI Regiment in Summerside, PE, on February 25, 1956. He then attended the Horton College in Wolfville, NS. On January 19, 1960, he joined the Royal Canadian Signal Corps in Halifax, NS, where he was a Communications Researcher Technician. During his career he was stationed in: San Diego, California; Pensacola, Florida; Queen Charlotte Island, BC; Ottawa, ON; Alert, NU (4 times); Leitrim, ON; and Kingston, ON (3 times). After he retired he worked at Surgenor’s Car Dealership for ten years in Ottawa, ON.
Edward’s interest in curling led him to meet and marry Marie Claire Sirois. They were married on December 23, 1982 in Edmundston, NB, and they lived in Cumberland, ON for several years. Following that they lived in Hawkesbury, ON and then Edmundston, NB.
Edward was predeceased by his wife M. Claire Sirois and his brother Allen Monkley of Stratford, PE. Edward is survived by his brother and wife, Errol and Evelyn Monkley of Charlottetown, PE and his sister in law Elizabeth Monkley of Stratford, PE. As well, he is survived by many nieces and nephews and their children including: Sandra (Terry) Pauley of Stratford, PE; Steven (Noella) Monkley of Summerside, PE; Christopher Monkley (Kristen Wight) of Charlottetown, PE; Lisa (Darren) Gray of Stratford, PE; and Allana Monkley (Amanda Dowe) of Truro, NS. He will be fondly remembered by his cousins George (Janet) Isaac of Barrie, ON; Weslie (Neal) Patterson of Oro-Medonte, ON; Jane MacDonald of Whitby, ON; Sally (Laurie) LaRue of Bedford, NS and David (Reta) Clark of Mount Stewart, PE. As well, Edward will be remembered by his long time golf and close friend John MacDonald of Ottawa, ON.
Edward will be remembered as a quiet and generous gentleman who loved his family very much. Nothing brought him more joy than travelling to Prince Edward Island to spend time with his family. He led a very full life and was able to travel to Florida and South Carolina many times to golf and visit his parents in the winters. He was able to fulfill his final wish to move back to Prince Edward Island in 2014.
Special thanks goes to Edward’s niece and husband, Sandra and Terry Pauley, who brought Edward back to Prince Edward Island following Claire’s passing, and ensured he lived his final years with dignity, respect and grace. Thanks is extended to all the staff at the Garden Home, specifically, Angela Jenkins (Head Nurse); Cheryl Wood (LNA); and Lori Cudmore-Bootland (Edward’s dedicated Registered Care Worker). As well, special thanks to Robyn Murphy who provided weekly physiotherapy for Edward.
Resting at MacLean Funeral Home Swan Chapel from where a Royal Canadian Legion Service of Remembrance will be held on Friday at 9:50 a.m. immediately followed by the funeral service. A reception will follow in the Morrie Room. In memory of Edward, donations can be made to the Shriner’s Sick Kids Hospital. Online condolences may be made at www.macleanfh.com