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Obituary: Thomas F. Monahan ’75

Thomas F. Monahan of Sudbury, died Dec. 3, 2010, son of the late John Henry and Marie (Terry) Monahan of Newton, from complications due to ALS.

An award-winning graphic designer, furniture builder & bluegrass musician, Tom spent 27 years in publishing at IDG's Computerworld before turning his talents to furniture design. He attended Antioch College & the University of Mass. Amherst & was a 1970 graduate of Newton North High School. Tom was also a 2007 graduate of the North Bennett Street School in Cabinet & Furniture Making.

He was an avid sailor, bluegrass guitar player and songwriter. He was proud to be the self-appointed "Chairman for Life" of the Manic Mountain Boys, a long-time group of bluegrass musicians, campers and friends.

Tom is survived by his wife and fellow graphic designer, Mary Lester of Sudbury, and his siblings; Kate Marin of Fall River; Patricia Monahan and her partner, Guy Shinkaruk, of Fircrest, WA; John T. Monahan, his wife Viveca and their children, J. Daniel and Christina of Seattle WA; Moira McCarthy and her husband James of Haverhill; and Deirdre Monahan of Newton. Funeral arrangements will be private.