In loving memory of Michael John Monk who sadly passed away on 30th November 2018
Michael was born in Plaistow, London to Frank & Sheila Monk. He was one of five boys and grew up in Rainham Essex.
He joined the Merchant Navy at 16 and joined his first ship in Tokyo, where his love of travel started. He left the navy and had a spell in the armed forces. Following this he then spent a number of years in New Zealand and Australia, where he married Sharon his wife of 38 years.
When Michael returned to England he began a lengthy career in the Fire Protection industry. He built a good reputation with many organisations and gained loyalty and respect from the people that he worked with.
He had a tremendous interest in politics at a national and local level and worked with his local community to assist people resolve issues and get the help they needed.
Military history was a life long passion and he could talk endlessly in great detail about armies and campaigns through the centuries. He loved to talk to people and always showed a genuine interest in what others had to say, often offering advice or assistance. He cared about those around him and had a very positive attitude no matter what happened.
Michael has been a loving husband to Sharon and devoted father to his sons Oliver, Alexander and daughter Eloise. He will be sadly missed by many and will leave a deep void in our lives. He is loved more than he will ever know xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx