Arthur Thomas Monigle
OCEAN CITY — Arthur Thomas Monigle, age 83, died Monday July 29, 2013 at his home in Ocean City.
Born in Philadelphia, Pa., he was the son of the late Arthur Patrick Monigle and Charlotte Monigle Ralph. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Susan Withers Monigle, and two beloved daughters, Susan Monigle Villanova and her husband Vic of New Orleans, La. and Linda Monigle Guerrieri and her husband Michael of Ocean City.
Also surviving are three sisters, Clara May Monigle Truitt and her husband Alfred, Charlotte Ralph Weiland and Abigail Ralph Moore, one brother, George L. Ralph, Jr.; three grandsons, Robert Hall Ballard III and Patrick Arthur Ballard of New Orleans, La., and Michael Shaw Guerrieri, Jr., of Ocean City; and numerous delightful nieces and nephews.
Art attended Archmere Academy in Claymont, Del. where he boarded from the seventh grade through graduation. At age 18, he enlisted in the Navy where he was assigned to the USS Leyte before entering and graduating from the University of Maryland, where he lettered in track. His ardent support of his Alma Mater continued throughout his life as a member of the Terrapin Club, where he served on the board of directors, the “M” club, the Alumna Club and as a season ticket holder for football and basketball. He was a proud and loyal member of his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta, and valued the bonds made there.
In 1952, Art married his wife, Susan, who also attended the University of Maryland, and they started their family. He began his work career at the Shell Oil Company in Baltimore and then moved to Silver Spring to work for Esso Oil Company. His oil business expertise led him to Salisbury, to enter the family oil business, George L. Ralph, Inc., where he became president and chairman of the board.
Art began his second career in 1985 in real estate as an associate broker for Moore, Warfield and Glick, now Coldwell Banker, in Ocean City, M. Before retiring, Art was selected as “Distinguished Sales Associate of the Year” for the State of Maryland by the Maryland Association of Realtors.
Art’s great enthusiasm for life was contagious and fun for those with whom he shared it. People remembered him. He was the quintessential Irish man, sweet talking and handsome. He could charm the birds right out of the trees. He used this gift to benefit many organizations too numerous to mention here. One of his most exciting personal achievements was making a “hole in one” at the Green Hill Yacht and Country Club near Salisbury. Art had a tremendous love for the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
Art was loved very much and will be sorely missed by his family and friends. There is no doubt that when we think back about Art Monigle, a smile will come to our faces.
Services were private for the family. The family requests that memorial donations be made in his name to St. Paul’s by the Sea, 302 N. Baltimore Avenue, Ocean City, Md., 21842. Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. Expressions of condolence may be sent to the family at www.burbagefuneralhome.com