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Our community lost a towering figure in law, civic affairs and historic preservation with the recent passing of attorney Nicklas M. Monaco at the age of 90.
I had the pleasure of working with Nick on projects related to his law firm, his beloved Rotary Club, and in regard to two very significant historic buildings in Jefferson City. Those included his home, known as Vineyard Place, at the corner of Moreau Drive and Vineyard Square, and his office building, known as the Monroe House Law Center, at the corner of Monroe and High streets. In addition, he also owned the historic Lester Shepard Parker home at the corner of East Capitol and Lafayette streets.
Nick served for several years as a member of the HCJ Foundation, and was president of that organization for two years until his health began to decline, and he retired from that post at the end of 2018.
Whenever Nick walked into the room, you could be sure of two things — he would be very well dressed, and he would have a smile on his face. He was adamant about making sure the law was closely followed by organizations he headed, and there were many. He knew the law well, and to him, there was nothing ambiguous about it.
He was a giant in the legal profession, especially when it came to insurance law. A national publication read by professionals in those circles once featured him on the cover of its magazine and dubbed him, "St. Nick." He found that somewhat amusing, but it also was a good indication of his standing in the profession he loved. He was well-known and highly regarded.
Nick Monaco was not a common man, although in his early years, he was a Boy Scout leader and he sang in his church choir. He was proud of his many accomplishments in law and life. After retirement, he liked to have fun. He was pulled up on stage at the Miller Performance Center not long ago and did some impromptu singing and dancing. He thought that was great fun.
Cheers to you, Nick Monaco. You lived a long and full life and you left Jefferson City a better place. For that, we thank you.