Robert Monckton was very caring and loving man, who would do anything to care for his family, friends, and neighbors. He had a quick-witted sense of humor with well-timed one-liners that would have made him a great comedian! Mainly known as Bob, “Ra” and “Monk’ were among his other names, but “Chief” was the one that always got his attention. Bob enjoyed working and was always doing something, whether it was fixing, building, gardening; he was a restless soul and always looking for the next project. During his lifetime he bought cottages, land, and farms and cared for them until his work was done. He was a natural teacher, leading by example and always took his time to get things done correctly. Bob was a thinker and a planner; he would sometimes lay awake all night to carefully come up with solutions to problems. The one principle he mainly lived by was “do what you say you’re gonna do.”
Family life started for Bob when he met his soul-mate Norma Jane, the most cherished person in his life. They met at the 18-mile creek swimming hole in the village of Hamburg and Norma thought to herself that she would really like to meet him. The two were married for sixty years and grew even closer after their three children left the nest. When the family was younger, they enjoyed many years at and near Chautauqua Lake where they were taught to waterski, hunt and fish - times when they were together. In their later years, Bob and Norma made many Trips to Hawks Nest, West Virginia. they would time a visit for Bridge Day to watch the free spirits jump from the arched bridge over the New River Gorge.
Quickly determining that factory work was not for him, Bob poured many cellar walls in the Hamburg area before moving into selling snowmobiles and motorcycles - with Norma and the kids by his side. Many hours were spent repairing those motorcycles and snowmobiles but also riding them with his family over the trails and roads of western New York. Bob’s most important thing he wanted for his children and grandchildren, in their lifetime, was to be happy – as that is really all that matters.
Friendship was important to Bob, as he always made time for his social circle. He loved hunting and fishing in the great outdoors and loved his hunting buddies dearly, as they remained close since their teenage years. For about thirty or more years he went out for coffee and donuts to Donutland or Tim Hortons with his friends; they would call this “going to the office.” When his grandkids were young, they would ask to “go to the office” with grandpa! Bob also always had a furry companion by his side with a lifetime of dogs; a few honorable mentions being Snoopy the family Doberman and Jess the Chesapeake Bay Retriever who was always by his side and went to “the office” with him.
Bob was a man never with idle hands. He grew a large garden for much of his life. also becoming a potato farmer but doing it old school with a ground-driven digger; He and Norma Jane together canned their harvests. Bob also very much adored flowers and was a skilled wood worker. Many clocks, picture frames, and tables adorn the homes of his kids and grand-kids. He was more of an outdoorsman then tech-savvy, though after getting a computer from his kids for Christmas years ago, he discovered eBay and indulged in collecting Buffalo China. Bob was not a big music fan but did have one record: Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin.
Much like this composition, he did everything in life meticulously and calculated, like classical music, but left room for leisure and fun, like the jazz influences of the piece.
Norma and “Chief” are together again. the lessons he taught and the memories he created with the ones he loved will forever live on.
MONCKTON, Robert J. May 12, 2020 of Hamburg, NY. Predeceased by his beloved wife of 60 years, Norma Jane Monckton (Shadle). Dear father of Russell (Lynda), Rebecca (Ken) King and Brian (Vicki). Cherished grandfather of Sean (Anjee), Jamie, Jeremy (Brandy), Jessica (Frank), Robyn (Greg), Allison (Andrew), Corey, Greg and Dan. Great-grandfather to Kaden, Rory and Kerrie Jo. Brother of the late Shirley Smith and Richard Monckton. Bob lived his life to the fullest; he never stopped working and planning and thinking. His family was his greatest joy but he also spent long hours gardening, wood working, hunting and fishing. In keeping with the safety and health of family and guests, services will be private to the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to be made to Hospice Buffalo, 225 Como Park Blvd. Cheektowaga, NY. Online condolences may be made at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.
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