Jim Monaghan led a life of service.
“In everything that he did, he tried to do the right thing,” said son Michael Monaghan of Columbus, Neb.
Jim Monaghan, 77, died Thursday at Hospice House-The Josie Harper Residence of complications from a stroke, the son said.
Monaghan served on the Omaha school board from 1976 to 1980. He was a member of the Public School Retirement System and unsuccessfully ran for Omaha mayor in 1981.
At Mary Our Queen Catholic Church, Monaghan was a two-term president of the parish council, was chairman of several strategic planning groups, co-chairman of the capital campaign, headed the lector program, distributed Communion and served on several committees.
He was a trustee of the Sons of Italy and served as honorary president of the Santa Lucia Festival.
“He worked tirelessly for his family, his community and for those without a voice,” Michael Monaghan said. “He did so much to help others.”
Jim Monaghan grew up in Omaha, graduated from North High School and attended the University of Omaha.
In his business career, he worked for Union Pacific Railroad, IBM and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in Washington, D.C., among others.
Monaghan played in the first baseball game at Rosenblatt Stadium in 1948 and was an avid supporter of baseball in Omaha. He also enjoyed running and boxing.
“He loved the sport of boxing and was a strong believer in what amateur boxing can do to help young people,” the son said.
Monaghan secured sponsorship for the Golden Gloves tournaments for a number of years and was inducted into the Nebraska Boxing Hall of Fame.
He was preceded in death by daughter Pamela Jo.
Besides Michael Monaghan, other survivors include his wife of 57 years, Marian of Omaha; children Scott Monaghan of Omaha, Julie Meyer of Okoboji, Iowa, Michelle Asper of Franklin, Tenn., Jeff Monaghan of Phoenix, Kim Czaplewski of Omaha and Vicki Schwarz of Unadilla, Neb.; 36 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church, 3405 S. 118th St.
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