Francis (Frank) Edward Monahan

February 12, 1928 to February 13, 2020


Passed peacefully away at the Health Sciences Centre in St. John’s on February 13, 2020, Francis (Frank) Edward Monahan, formerly of King’s County (Sussex), New Brunswick, aged 92 years.

Frank was a born adventurer, having left his childhood home in Southfield, New Brunswick to make his way to Montreal, then Greenland and finally landing in St. John’s where he settled down with Sadie, the love of his life.  Frank owned and operated The Family Barbershop on Duckworth Street in downtown St. John’s for 40 years.  Barbering was his vocation, passion and a big part of his social life.  He was also an avid sportsman, spending many days in the woods with his dogs and on ponds casting a line. 

Frank loved to travel and especially enjoyed visits to Texas in winter to visit his son Craig and family.  Their miniature schnauzer Lola became a fast and loyal friend.  He also delighted in seeing the Ontario countryside during visits to Ottawa to stay with his daughter Shelly.

Predeceased by his wife, Sadie Emma (nee Howell); parents, John Edward and Edna (Baldwin); sister, Norma and brothers Bernard, Ron and John.

Lovingly remembered by his children Paul (Sandra), Sharon (Gerard), Craig (Jill), Shelly and Glen; his doting grand-children Gregory (Victoria), Shane (Sarah), Leah (Terry), Evan (Jessica), Beth and Sean, and great grand-children Luke and Billie; sister-in-law Alice Monahan (Montreal).  Frank leaves a wide circle of nieces and nephews; dear friends Don Dalton (St. John’s), Alwyn and Roger Howell and Glenn Stagg (Wesleyville) and hunting companion Spot the beagle.

A special thanks to the nurses on the 5th floor cardiology unit at the Health Sciences Centre for their gentle care and kind attention during our father’s final days.

Visitation at Carnell’s Funeral Home on Friday, February 21 from 7 – 9 pm.  Celebration of Life service to take place at Carnell’s on Saturday, February 22 at 12:00 pm with reception to follow.

In keeping with Frank’s love of animals, donations may be made to Beagle Paws Rescue,  To send a message of condolence please visit

To live in the hearts of those we love is to live forever.



7-9 p.m. on February 21, 2020

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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12:00pm, Saturday February 22nd

The Carnell Memorial Chapel
329 Freshwater Road
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Interment to follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

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I was very sad when I heard Mr. Monahan had passed away. He was such a special man. So gentle and so kind. I will truly miss him. He made the world a better place to live.

Sharon,Shelly,Paul Craig &Glen
So saddened to hear of Uncle Frank’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.Cherish the wonderful memories!

Thelma & Alex

Paul, Shane, Greg, great grand children and families. So sorry to hear of Your dad, grandfather and great grandfathers passing. 92!! A long lived life……and from what I understand he lived to the fullest. Thinking of you all at this time…..his Legacy lives on in all of you. Bless you all.

My deepest sympathies cousins! You’ll probably be wanting to call him to tell him something funny you’ve seen or heard for some time to come. He’s probably already heard it, but tell him anyway and have a laugh together.

Craig. Jill, Beth and Sean

Sincere condolences on the passing of your father, father in law and grandfather. Take comfort in your happy memories.

Sharon and family,

I read the Telegram online regularly to stay current on events in my beloved St. John’s. I am saddened to see your dear father passed away. I recall both your parents as two of the friendliest and most welcoming parents I ever met. I’m thinking of you all as you both grieve and celebrate your dad.

Take care,

To Monahan Family

It has been a long time since we have seen Mr. Monahan but we remember his laughter and the love he had for his family. We lived in his basement apartment 43 years ago but remember it as if it was yesterday. May you all share his memory together in the days to come. God Bless

To our dear friend Shelley & the Monahan family. We send our sincerest condolences and heartfelt sympathy as you mourn your father’s passing at this sad time. May there be some comfort knowing that your dad is resting in peace & is reunited with your mom.
Our memories we will keep forever, may these fond memories stay with all your family members in the days to come.
Judy Flanagan & Chris Collins

Sharon, Gerard and family, we are sorry to hear about your father’s passing. We hope happy memories will be with you today and always. Glenn and Elaine Cleary Winnipeg MB

To All the Monahan Family, Fred and I send our deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your dear Dad. We have great memories of times spent with Sadie and Frank. It was only a little while ago, Fred asked where Frank was now as Fred had gone to your Dad’s Barber Shop. May you all hold the great memories of Frank close to your heart. They will definitely help you all through this difficult time. He is with your Mom now. May God bless you all and take care.

Sharon and families -sad to hear another life long friend has passed away. you were fortunate to have had him in your lives so long. always enjoyed his chats.

Shelly, Sharon and family,

Sorry to hear about your loss. You are all in our thoughts.

Our sincerest condolences to you all on your dad’s passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time. We have many fond memories of your dad from days gone by,.

Bert and Bessie Noseworthy and Family

Sharon, you are in my thoughts and prayers as you mourn the passing of your dearly loved father., Frank. May he rest in peace and love.