Fred A. Monge
Published in Daily Breeze on February 23, 2012
resident, Fred A. Monge, passed away at the age of 87 on Saturday, February
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
He is survived by his sister, Marie (Avila); his children, son, Edward
(Teresa), Anna (Carlos) Chavarin, Maria (David) Rada, Ruth (Richard) Andrade
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.