Obituaries for the week of Nov. 21, 2019

Published on: November 22, 2019

Jack A. Craig

Jack A. Craig was born in West Palm Beach, FL, on March 30, 1935. He passed away in Sun City Center, FL, on October 14, 2019, at the age of 84. He is survived by his wife Darlene of 17 years.

Jack moved to Sun City Center, FL, in 2004 where he was a resident for 15 years. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Army. Jack will be interred at Florida National Cemetery, Sarasota, FL.




Kathleen M. Monahan

Kathleen (Kay) M. Monahan, longtime resident of Kings Point, passed away peacefully Saturday, November 9, at the Lifepath Hospice House of Sun City Center, FL. Born August 15, 1930, in Lawrence, MA, to the late Catherine and Harold Helfrich, Kay graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Lawrence and enjoyed her life in the Merrimack Valley Area with her family and friends.

Always up for a good joke, laugh or song, Kay enjoyed bowling, playing cards, the Boston Red Sox and her beloved Salisbury Beach where she spent her childhood summers and later as a full-time resident. She retired from ATT/Bell Labs after 35 years of service in 1992 and moved to Indian Rocks Beach to be closer to her son and family. In 2004 she moved to Kings Point where she enjoyed many activities and groups, including the Ancient order of the Hibernians, New England Club, Pioneer Club and her newfound friends that shared her passion for lively conversation on a variety of topics, including politics and Boston Sports, a good Irish joke and, of course, a few bars of her favorite Irish Ballad.

Kay was a member of the Prince of Peace Church where she also volunteered as an “office angel,” Eucharistic minister and at many holiday events. Kay was a devoted mother to her son Ray Monahan of Ruskin and nieces and nephews back in New England and throughout the United States.

She is preceded in death by her brothers Harold Helfrich of N. Andover, MA, and Bernard Helfrich of Trumbull, CT, and sisters Denise Sweeney and Louise Carney, both of Methuen, MA. A celebration of life is scheduled for Saturday, November 23, at 11 a.m. at the Sun City Center Funeral Home at 1851 Rickenbacker Drive, Sun City Center, FL. Refreshments and fellowship will take place after the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 702 Valley Forge Blvd., Sun City Center, FL 33573, in honor of Kathleen Monahan.