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Friday, September 15, 2023
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Saturday, September 16, 2023
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Brian E. Mons, “Poppy” 72, of Naugatuck passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his beloved wife, Janice, of 52 years and his daughters, Melissa Mons-Brown and Meghan Colasanto, on Wednesday, September 6th, after a long-term battle with pulmonary fibrosis. His loyal dog Brady was on his lap.
Brian was born on March 7th, 1951 in Cohoes, NY. He attended Minisink Valley Central High School in Slate Hill, New York. He married the love of his life which was nothing short of a fairy tale story. Brian met his wife at the age of 14 on a movie date, they married at age 20, and led a life of true love and sacrifice in 52 years of marriage.
Brian studied banking at Orange County Community College and at American Institute of Banking. His career started in Syracuse before relocating to New Haven. Brian worked at various banks as a commercial loan officer and then later went into private banking for his 30-year career.
Brian and Janice welcomed their daughters into the world and resided in Syracuse, New York until their move to Connecticut where they settled in Naugatuck. Brian committed his life to his family by sharing his love, advice, as well as his famous chicken wings and many clambakes.
A music enthusiast, Brian was a player in a rock band in his younger years, and still had a deep love for music throughout his life. Traditions were important to him, especially when it came to family. Spending time with “his girls” was his love language, and he filled it with summers in Wildwood, New Jersey and later in Narragansett, Rhode Island. Janice and he took some trips of a lifetime including a cross country train ride and visiting Hawaii.
Back home, he was an advocate with his political group, stayed up on current events, and found purpose in an online community of Pulmonary Fibrosis “Warriors”.
Brian knew what was important in this life. He called it the “Good stuff”. This was evident in his relationships with “his girls”. He never failed to say I love you and gave the best hugs.
In addition to his wife, Janice, Brian is survived by his loving daughters, Melissa Mons-Brown and her husband, Michael of Cheshire; and Meghan Colasanto and her husband, Christopher of Southbury; his cherished granddaughters, Charlotte Brown, Lily Grace Brown, Madeline Colasanto, Abigail Colasanto, and Elizabeth Colasanto.
He was preceded in death by his devoted parents (Francis and Mary Mons) and brother, Donald (DJ) Mons and nephew, Derek Mons.
Friends may greet Brian’s family at the Alderson-Ford Funeral Home of Naugatuck, 201 Meadow Street, Naugatuck, CT 06770 on Friday, September 15, 2023 from 5PM until 7PM. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2023 at 11AM at St. James Lutheran Church, 111 Peter Road, Southbury, CT 06488 (Please meet directly at church).
Per Brian’s request, in lieu of donations, his biggest wish is for everyone to spend time with their loved ones, take them out to dinner and let them order from the left side of the menu, not the right. To leave online condolences for his family or to share a story of Brian, please visit www.fordfh.com