Ed Monaghan’s spirit to live on with foundation
In years past, a fixture at any Monessen sporting event were Ed Monaghan and his wife, Virginia.
The Monaghans were huge supporters, not only of Greyhound athletics, but youths in general.
Ed Monaghan an avid sportsman and Ginny Monaghan was a popular teacher in the Monessen School District for many years.
Born in Uniontown, Ed Monaghan graduated from German High School in 1962, where he was a standout baseball and basketball player.
He attended California State College (now Cal U), where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees and played on the Vulcan baseball team.
He was hired at Albert Gallatin School District, where he was a teacher, guidance counselor and coach. After retiring from Albert Gallatin in 2001 after 35 years, Ed Monaghan stayed involved in athletics and served at one time as an assistant golf coach at Monessen.
He also was active in Monessen’s service clubs, including the Lions Club, and volunteered for Meals of Wheels and the American Heart Association. He spent a lot of time enjoying his passion for playing golf as well.
Ed Monaghan died suddenly on Aug. 30, 2014. However, his family is hoping to keep his spirit alive for years to come through the development of the Edward V. Monaghan Charitable Youth Foundation.
The foundation’s goal is to provide educational and recreational opportunities for disadvantaged youths, such as school supplies, golf lessons and clubs, baseball equipment and fees for sports camps to improve and enhance their quality of life.
“I brought the idea to my family’s attention, my daughter Melanie and son-in-law Jason (Bradburn), about a way to keep his good name alive,” said Ginny Monaghan. “He worked with disadvantaged and at-risk kids for 35 years, and as a family we also did things through our neighborhood to help children in need over the years.
“We just want to honor his name and continue doing things that were important to us.”
Her daughter, an on-air radio personality for 100.7 (FM) STAR in Pittsburgh, whole-heartedly supported the concept.
A 12-member board of directors of Ed’s closest friends and family members was established to oversee the foundation.
“We reached out to some of his colleagues, fraternity members and close friends. We have a really good mix of people from Irwin to Monessen to Pittsburgh who will look for ways to help disadvantaged kids through various camps they cannot afford or other ways they see fit,” said Ginny Monaghan.
She recounted a story about how once a student gave her husband a deer steak wrapped in white paper with his name and bow on it for Christmas.
“He took it right out of the freezer because he couldn’t afford a Christmas gift for (Ed),” she said. “He would ask some kids (at school) what they had for breakfast and they would say potato chips.
“That would break his heart. It breaks my heart. We are blessed with our grandkids and we all can give them these opportunities, but so many can’t. Those are the ones Ed tried to reach and we want to help.”
An account has been established, along with a Facebook page for the Edward V. Monaghan Charitable Youth Foundation, and the foundation is accepting public and private donations.
“We’re still getting this off the ground and we hope to start doing some big things soon,” Ginny Monaghan said. “And as long as the parents of any children we help are in agreement, we’d like to publicize those we reach out to.”
Anyone wishing to donate to the foundation can do so by sending a check payable to The Edward V. Monaghan Charitable Youth Foundation, c/o Citizens Bank, 1731 Grand Blvd., Monessen, PA 15062.
“He would love this,” Ginny Monaghan said. “Children were a passion of his. To us, this is the perfect thing to do.”
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or [email protected].