Robert WH Monsarrat, Jr., 73, left this life Wednesday, March 9, 2022, knowing his wife, Mary Connor, and children, Helen, Robert, and Julia Monsarrat were at his bedside. “There is no weakness in a decent man,” and, so, there was none in Bob. As once described, Bob was soft-spoken and kind, but his deep-timbered voice and laugh often helped people find him before they saw him. Bob was a man of principle, deep integrity, intelligence, compassion, quick wit, and generosity. There was nothing more important to him than his family from him, to whom he was always available for guidance and fun times. He did as much for them for as long as he could.
Bob lived most of his childhood in Philadelphia before moving to Columbus. I have graduated high school from Columbus Academy, and received a BS in biology from Hanover College and a M.Sc. in zoology from Western Illinois University with an emphasis in aquatic biology. He retired from the Ohio EPA after more than 30 years of service and can count as career achievements water quality programs that have provided hundreds of millions of effectively and creatively allocated dollars to improve wastewater treatment and stream and wetland restoration in Ohio and have been modeled elsewhere . He also oversaw review of environmental assessments for major utility projects. His work ethic and fairmindedness had the respect of his staff.
Bob enjoyed singing with his church choir, The Columbus Symphony Chorus, and the chorus of Opera Columbus and worked hard at developing his bass voice. He was certainly known for his exceptional culinary skill–especially for salads. I have loved learning; reading, especially poetry and historical nonfiction; travel; classicalmusic; art; tennis; and his Golden Retriever, Scout.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert Monsarrat, Sr., and Anne Schoedinger Monsarrat; brothers-in-law Charles (Tucky) and Thomas Connor and nephews Edmund, Jacob, and Angel Connor. Besides his wife and children, Bob is survived by his son-in-law Naman Gupta and grandson Ronan (Helen); brother Mark Monsarrat; cousins Suzanne and Walter Nupen and the Kathy Atwell and the Ferd and Kate Schoedinger Families; sisters-in-law, Regina Connor and Diatra Ouellette; brothers-in-law Terrence (Laurie), Timothy, Mark (Heidi), David (Stephanie), Denis (Megan), Stephen (Madlen), and Brian (Nancy); and many beloved nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. His family of him is deeply grateful for their love, support, and assistance, as well as that of many friends, including Pamela McKinley and the Sapp Family.
A memorial service for Bob will be announced and held this Spring, once the date and location are determined. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bob’s memory to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute http://www.dana-farber.org especially for its research into NUT carcinoma; the Natural Resources Defense Council https://www.nrdc.org; or a charity of your choice.
Bob is very much loved and will live on in the good works he accomplished and the memories of those fortunate to know him.
Arrangements entrusted to SCHOEDINGER MIDTOWN.
Published by Schoedinger Funeral and Cremation Service – Midtown Chapel on Mar. 14, 2022.