MONKMAN, Cyril Collins 'Cy' - Peacefully, on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at Peterborough Regional Health Centre in his 89th year.
Beloved husband of the late Lois (née Enborg). Best friend of Josephine Mewett.
Loving father of Drew Monkman (Michelle) and Eric Monkman (Elaine). Proud grandfather of Philippe (Christina), Julia (Alec), Sarah (Darin), Sophie, Laura (Nick) and Emily. Great-grandfather of Anouk, Juniper and Oscar. Sadly missed by Lyn Dallin and many other relatives and friends.
Predeceased by his parents Gordon Monkman and Kate (née Robertshaw) and his brother Gerald.
Born in Peterborough, Cy attended PCVS and was an avid skier, photographer and golfer. In 1948, he went to England where he learned the wool business. For nine years, Cy worked at G.Whitaker & Co in Peterborough as a wool sorter and later as a sales representative. In 1958 he started his own insurance agency, which was to become Monkman, Gracie and Johnston Insurance Brokers, a legacy of which he was very proud.
Cy was a member of Trinity United Church, the Kiwanis Club of Peterborough, the Peterborough Golf and Country Club, the former Bethany Ski Club, and the Peterborough Historical Society. He and Lois enjoyed annual walking and genealogical research vacations to Yorkshire, England, ski holidays all over North America as well as golf holidays to Scotland and California.
At home Cy spent many hours compiling family history. His research led to the discovery of previously unknown relatives in the U.S.A., England, Australia and New Zealand. Family history was a great source of joy for Cy, including the Peterborough Mayor's Chain of Office which his father Gordon commissioned and donated to the city. He compiled his lengthy research and photos in binders for the entire family, under the title "Yorkshire to Peterborough: Monkman Family History".
After Cy retired, he also researched and wrote "A History of the Peterborough Ski Club", which he self-published in book form. Full of photos of skiing's bygone days, this was one of his proudest achievements.
Cy was able to find wonderful companionship over the last three years with Josephine Mewett, something for which he was extremely grateful.
Thank you to all of the wonderful staff at Princess Gardens for treating Cy with kindness and dignity.
A private family service will take place. A public Celebration of Cy's life will be held in the near future at Peterborough Golf and Country Club, 1030 Armour Road.
If so desired, donations in memory of Cy may be made to the Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation. Arrangements entrusted to the Comstock-Kaye Life Celebration Centre.