Feb. 1, 1933 – Feb. 27, 2013
Thomas J. Monaghan, a former area director of United Auto Workers Region 9, died Wednesday at his home in West Seneca. He was 80.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Lackawanna High School. He enlisted in the Navy, serving from 1952 to 1956, including service during the Korean War.
Mr. Monaghan joined the UAW in 1961 as a member of Local 846 at the Chevrolet Tonawanda Forge Plant, where he served as a bargaining committeeman before his election as shop chairman in 1968.
In 1980, he was appointed an international representative and assigned to the UAW-General Motors Department in Detroit. Among his duties was responsibility for coordinating the Quality of Work Life programs at many GM facilities.
In 1982, Mr. Monaghan was selected to serve in the National Auditing Department of the union, where he worked until 1985. That year, he became area director of UAW Region 9, which included more than 40,000 active and retired members across the Buffalo region, Rochester and parts of Pennsylvania. He retired in 1998.
Mr. Monaghan served on the executive boards of the Buffalo American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Council, the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County and the Erie County Industrial Development Agency.
He also was a member of the board of the Buffalo-Erie County Labor Management Council, the Center for Industrial Efficiency at the University at Buffalo and the Union Occupational Health Center. In 1986, he was appointed by Gov. Mario M. Cuomo to serve as a trustee for Erie Community College.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, the former Frances Licata; a son, Thomas Jr.; and three daughters, Carol Kozub, Kathy Battaglia and Susan Guarino.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 2950 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park.