Burtis H. Monfort Jr., a lifelong resident of Port Washington, passed away on May 10 after a short illness. Born on Reid Avenue in 1925 of the late Burtis and Maude (nee Hyde) Monfort, they later moved to the family farm on East Main Street where he grew up.
He joined the Marine Corp in 1944 and attended Manlius Military School before serving in the Korean War. Upon his return to the states, he finished high school at what was then Weber, and immediately was employed with the New York Telephone Company. He retired in 1984, after working for 37 years.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, nature, family, friends and life, but nothing so much as his involvement in the Port Washington Fire Department. As a 52-year member of Flower Hill Hose Co. #1, he rose through the ranks and served as captain from 1951-53. His desire to further pomote firematics became evident when he was elected chief of the department from 1975-77. He was instrumental in the formation of the Fire Medic Co., realizing the need for more "lay" individuals to handle the increase of emergency needs of the community.
In addition, during his tenure as chief, he had a strong conviction for education of department members. It is for that reason that a fund has been established in his memory for a yearly scholarship for the education of a member of the Port Washington Fire Department who wishes to pursue education above and beyond the local training opportunities. Anyone wishing to donate to this fund may do so, and check may be forwarded to the PWFD.
He is survied by his wife of 47 years, MaryLou, daughter Debbie Firebaugh of Richmond, Virginia, Pam McDonough and sons-in-law Jim and Tom. He was gramps to Meg, Beth, Kelly and Erin. Sisters Marguerite Titus of Jericho, Alburta Anschutz of Noyac and West Palm Beach and Martha Knowles of town also survive.
A memorial service was held at the United Methodist Church on May 16. Reverend Edward Home presided.