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
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
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.