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  • Writer's pictureShannon Donovan-Monti


Updated: Dec 11, 2019

All are welcome at a memorial celebration for Michael Monti to be held at St Ann Church, 134 Main St., Lenox, MA 01240 on Saturday, December 14 at 10 AM. Reception to follow at the Church Hall.

Mik was born on April 18, 1961 in Meriden, CT, to John and Virginia Monti, he was a graduate of Platt High School and Middlesex Community College.

In 1991, Mik met Shannon Donovan at Camp Jewell YMCA, where they both worked. They were married on December 2, 1994 in Meriden, CT. He is the father of Bridget Monti who was born on October 21, 1995 (The happiest day of his life). On October 7, 2018 they were joined by Bridget’s husband Ryan O’Rourke, the missing piece, that made their family complete.

Mik touched countless lives in his work as a cook and food service director at Camp Jewell and Chimney Corners Camp. He showed his care and love for others through providing food, conversation, laughs, advice and comfort to those who needed it. Food was not just a part of his professional life, but also a personal passion that he loved to perfect. It really didn't matter what type of food it was, if it was Mik's recipe it usually fell into the category of "one of the best I've ever had."

During the late 70’s and early 80’s, Mik was the lead singer for Zoid and GRIDLOCK. In 2018, Mik reunited with band-mate and friend, Ritchie Moore, playing for Bridget's wedding and in the summer of 2019 for 500 screaming fans at Chimney Corners Camp. His passion for music was infectious and he loved learning and sharing the music he performed and loved with anyone who was willing to participate. This passion developed as a young teen when Mik became active in the performing arts as a member of Meriden’s Highlighters Club directed by Dick Fontenella. His interests were wide, and varied from Broadway to Heavy Metal.

Mik was also a huge sports fan. The New York Yankees were a big part of his life and he loved attending games with friends and family whenever the opportunity presented itself. His other big passion in the sporting world was NASCAR. His favorite driver of all time was Mark Martin, and he frequented races in the Pocono's with Bridget, Gina, Mike G., John Jr., and Mike B. His passion for motor-sports also existed in his personal life and he recently purchased his dream car, a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.

Another place that was special to Mik was Disney World. The most magical place on earth was a special place for the entire Monti family. Together the family shared many memories and experiences together.

Michael is survived by:

Wife: Shannon Donovan-Monti

Parents: John and Virginia Monti, Sr.

Children; Bridget and Ryan O’Rourke,

Pets: Noodle and Little Bitty Kitty Monti

Siblings: John Jr. and Belen Monti

Eva and Ron Bastura ,

Dick Donovan and Bridget Donovan ,

Parents-in-law: Dick and Jane Donovan

Brothers from Another Mother: John Barrilaro and Michael Barrillaro,

Nieces and Nephews: Ron and Emily Bastura

Joe and Bethany Bastura

Ryan Bastura and Katy Jones

Craig and Lauren Bastura

Gina Monti

Dylan Shea

Grandnephew: Michael Bastura

Donations in Michael’s memory may be made to Chimney Corners Camp Fund at

In care of: Chimney Corners Camp, 748 Hamilton Road, Becket, MA 01223.

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