The Obit For Fred Monge

Fred A. Monge

Published in Daily Breeze on February 23, 2012

Longtime Wilmington resident, Fred A. Monge, passed away at the age of 87 on Saturday, February 18, 2012.

He was preceded in death by wife, Lucy (2002) and son, Frederick (2003).

He was born on June 6, 1924 in his father's house on Young Street in Wilmington. He attended Wilmington Park Elementary School, Wilmington Jr. High and Banning High School. He excelled in sports at Banning High, earning honors in baseball, basketball and track. He received a baseball scholarship to Santa Clara University. However, WWII denied him the chance to play. He was drafted in the spring of 1943 for the military service. He served as Military Policeman in the European Campaign. He was discharged from the US Army in 1945.

While working for Star Kist Tuna Company in 1946 he received a baseball tryout with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He played six years with the Dodger organization from 1946-1952. He played an additional 3 years in the California League. In 1953 he played with the Detroit Tigers organization and 1954 and 1955 with a non-affiliated team.

It was while playing with the Santa Barbara Dodgers (1947-1952), of the California League that he met and married his one true love, Lucy Flores. They had six children together, Frederick, Edward, Anna, Maria, Ruth and Elizabeth. He worked as a Marine Clerk of Local #63 of the I.L.W.U. from 1957-1994.

He is survived by his sister, Marie (Avila); his children, son, Edward (Teresa), Anna (Carlos) Chavarin, Maria (David) Rada, Ruth (Richard) Andrade and Elizabeth.

He has 12 grandchildren, Marc, Stephanie, Jonathan, Raymond, Ruben, Rick, Priscilla, Natalie, Frank Leonard, Kristy, Megan and Fred. In addition he has 4 great grandchildren, Frankki Summer, Natalyn, Denvur and Monge.

He was the rock and anchor of his family and will be deeply missed. Always in our hearts.

Services Friday, February 24: viewing 9:00-10:30am at Funeraria Del Angel/McNerney's, 1640 N. Avalon Blvd, Wilmington, CA. Funeral Mass 11:00am, St. Peter and Paul Church, 515 W. Opp St, Wilmington. Burial after Mass at Wilmington Cemetery, 605 East O St, Wilmington.