E. Michael “Mickey” Moniz, 77 passed away on March 13, 2017 after a valiant battle with cancer. Raised in Teaticket, he was a graduate of Lawrence High School (1957) before attending Northeastern University. Mickey worked for the Falmouth Fire Department from 1962 until 1996; and then upon retiring became the welcoming face of the Flying Bridge restaurant greeting patrons through the past season. Instantly recognizable by generations of beach-goers by his enviable tan and in more recent years by his white beard, Mickey was as dedicated to his pursuit of the sun as he was devoted to his family, his many life-long friends, and numerous admirers.
Through his work and actions, Mickey was deeply involved in the civic well-being of his native Falmouth. He served and protected the community as a fire fighter and as an EMT helping to save lives on the ambulance; and earned promotion as an officer, retiring as Captain. He was awarded the Medal of Valor, having launched a dangerous rescue mission at Old Silver beach in 1991, and received a Valiant Merit Commendation for his bravery in the Falmouth Fire Department Headquarters’ fire of 1995. In addition to his service as a first responder, he was elected to multiple terms as a Falmouth Town meeting member (1971-1978). With the unofficial title of “Mayor” of Old Silver beach Mickey also worked in an official capacity as one of the three administrative members of the Falmouth Beach Committee (1996-2000). Through the 1970s, he was also a partner in Moniz Mason Contractors, a family owned concrete and form foundation business that helped to build numerous Cape Cod homes.
Mickey held membership card #1 at the Falmouth Sports Center, as the longest standing member of the gym—his workouts an opportunity for social calls along with good exercise; and in the 1990s, he renewed a youthful interest in skiing, logging more than a hundred days on the mountain for several seasons as a member of the Attitash Old Goats Association. His love of the sun brought him every winter for over fifty years to Fort Lauderdale and Siesta Key Florida, were he usually spent time with his transplanted Old Silver Beach summertime crew. He was a devoted member of Saint Anthony’s Catholic Church in East Falmouth since his birth.
Mickey is survived by his wife of 51 years, Martha, children Jill Moniz (George Marderosian) of Providence, RI and Miguel Moniz (Jessica Gutbier) of Lisbon, Portugal; grandchildren Carys, Desmond and Luka; his brother Tom Moniz (East Falmouth); along with numerous in-laws and nieces and nephews, many of whom lived with him on the family's Turner Road compound.
His bright eyes and sweet smile will be missed by all who knew him.
Visiting hours will be held from 4-7 PM on Friday, March 17 at Chapman Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 584 West Falmouth Hwy (Route 28A), West Falmouth. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 18 at St. Anthony’s Church, 167 East Falmouth Hwy., E. Falmouth. Burial will follow in the St. Anthony Cemetery.
The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Saint Anthony’s Church, 167 E. Falmouth, Hwy, East Falmouth, MA and the McCarthy Care Center, 73 Service Road, East Sandwich, MA.