Community History – Ludlow – Edward Monahan

Monahan, Edward

Ed Monahan was a former mayor and councilman in the city. For many years, he and his wife operated the Monahan Grocery at 601 Church Street.

A veteran of World War II, Manahan was also dedicated to senior citizen issues. He worked closely with the administration of St. Charles Care Center in Covington to remodel the facility’s chapel. He was also very active in promoting the construction of a senior center in Ludlow. Monahan received the 1998 Thoroughbred Award from the Kentucky Association of Gerontology.

In November 1989, Monahan defeated incumbent Ronald ‘Lefty’ Pegg for the position of mayor. High political tension between former city office holders and the police department caused Monahan to resign as mayor in September 1990. Councilman Richard Vallandingham was appointed to fulfill Monahan’s unexpired term.

Monahan was very active in community efforts. He was a member and former Grand Knight of the Kehoe Council Knights of Columbus, a member of the St. Vincent de Society, and a volunteer with the Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home. Monahan was also a long time member of Sts. Boniface and James Parish.

Monahan died on September 18, 2001. He left a wife, Marie and three children: Ed Monahan Jr., Sister Marla Monahan S.N.D., and Fran Monahan Thomas. Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Agnes Church, Fort Wright with burial at St. Stephen Cemetery in Fort Thomas.

News Enterprise, November 8, 1989, p. 1, May 30, 1990, p. 1, June 6, 1990, p. 1, September 12, 1990, p. 1; Kentucky Post, September 20, 2001, p. 12A.

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