Franklin Monroe

Franklin E. "Sonny" Monroe

Sunday, March 9th, 1941 - Monday, December 30th, 2019
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Franklin E. “Sonny” Monroe, 78, a resident of Park Street in North Bennington died Monday December 30, 2019 at his residence following a long illness.

He was born at Putnam Memorial Hospital in Bennington, Vermont March 9, 1941. He was the son of the late Franklin L. and Helen Mae (Potter) Monroe. He received his education in North Bennington and was a 1960 graduate of North Bennington High School.

While a sophomore in high school, Sonny worked at the Vermont Restaurant making pizzas, and by the time he graduated he was doing the ordering and working full time at the restaurant. When the restaurant closed, Sonny started working at the Blue Benn Diner which he and his wife Mary Lou purchased on Christmas Eve in 1973 and still own and operate today.

Sonny loved to be creative in the kitchen and was always trying new recipes. He loved to travel and explore every place he went. He loved gardening, always having beautiful vegetable and flower gardens around his home. His family was his pride and joy and he was so proud of his accomplishments at the Blue Benn Diner.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, the former Mary Lou Roy, whom he married September 8, 1962. His daughter Lisa LaFlamme and her husband Bill, two grandsons Matheson and Marcus LaFlamme who were the light of his life. A sister, Pat (Ernest) Shepard and a brother Gary (Pamela) Monroe. A brother in law, Bill Roy and a sister in law Sandra Mockry along with several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Mahar and Son Funeral Home on Friday January 3, 2020 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

A memorial service will be held at the Mahar and Son Funeral Home on Saturday January 4, 2020 at noon.

If friends desire contributions in memory of Franklin E. “Sonny” Monroe can be made to either the Bennington Free Library, the North Bennington Library, the Second Chance Animal Shelter or the Bennington Rescue Squad through the office of the Mahar and Son Funeral Home 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201. Guest book condolences may be made at

The family would like to express their deepest thanks to the staff of At Home Senior Care and the Bayada Hospice nurses and team for the wonderful care and compassion that they provided to Sonny and his family.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    E. P. Mahar and Son Funeral Home
    628 Main Street
    Bennington, Vermont 05201
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, January 4th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Saturday, January 4th, 2020 12:00pm
    E. P. Mahar and Son Funeral Home
    628 Main Street
    Bennington, Vermont 05201
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Reverend Hugh Cleary, c.s.c.


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Gregory Palmer

Posted at 12:48pm
Dear Mary Lou ,Lisa , Pat and Family, Joyce and I would like to express our condolences to you and your family. Sonny will always be remembered as a funny ,smart and driven guy. I always appreciated his humor and his drive to travel and see different places. RIP Sonny. Greg & Joyce Palmer


Posted at 08:03am
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Posted at 09:58pm
Dear Mary Lou & family- So very sorry to hear of your loss. I know that Sonny will be greatly missed. I remember running into you both a couple of years ago walking in No., Bennington. There was Sonny with that great smile on his face! He always seemed to be in a great humor- even when the BBD got real busy! I can't even separate the "Blue Benn" from from Sonny. The "Blue Benn" is a classic and so is Sonny. Please know that you are all in my prayers and will be at the Shaftsbury Church. God grant you His peace at this difficult time. If there is anything I can do on this end, please let me know. Richard McSherry


Posted at 01:06pm
Dear Mrs. Monroe, we are so saddened by your loss. We will a
Lways be great fun to Sonny for giving our son his first job. Our prayers and thoughts for peace in the sad time. Jacqui and Ray Yares

Mary Hier

Posted at 10:46am
Mary Lou and Lisa, I'm so sorry. We all have people in our past that stay in our thoughts and our hearts forever. Sunny is one of those people for me. We worked together at the Vermont restaurant, Sonny was the cook there when I was hired. Being a young kid at the time I needed PATIENCE and he gave it to me. He also shared his sunny personality and many laughs every day. Years later, having more experience behind me I realized what a clean tight kitchen he ran. He will fly high among the angels.

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