Harry A. Monroe

WESTFIELD – Harry A. Monroe, age 66, of Bird St., Westfield, died unexpectedly, Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at Buffalo General Hospital in Buffalo, NY.

Harry was born on April 26, 1947 in Westfield, NY, the son of the late Simon and Myrtle (Simpson) Monroe. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam

War. He worked for 16 years as a groundman/ truckdriver and welder for the IBEW Local Union #1249. At age 36, he suffered from a work related accident and was never medically cleared to return to his job. He returned to school and graduated in 1993 from JCC with an Associate of Science Degree. Harry researched therapeutic horseback riding and focused his energy in starting a program in Westfield. Along with his wife and many friends, he founded Centaur Stride Therapeutic Riding Center in 1991. Harry was a very kind man. Not only did he use his personal funds to build the center to house the not-for-profit riding center,

he also volunteered for many years as the Director of Facility and Maintenance. He experienced tremendous joy watching the children with disabilities laugh and smile as they rode the horses and made awesome improvements across all domains. He felt a great sense of accomplishment for “weathering many

obstacles” that came with such a great task. Harry started his own trucking business in 1998. He sold his tractor-trailer in 2002 and in 2003, he went to work for the NYSDOT as a highway maintenance worker, retiring in 2010. Harry loved the outdoors, especially hunting and field dog training with his Chesapeake Bay Retrievers. He is survived by his wife, Claudia A.(Gonser) Monroe, whom he married on April 26, 1974 in Hamburg, NY, his daughter, Karlyn E. Monroe of White

Plains, NY and his son, Simon F. Monroe IV of Westfield, NY. Harry is further survived by his sister in law, Dolores (Gruppa) Monroe of Fla., as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Simon “Ike” F. Monroe, Jr. Friends may call at the Mason Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 28, from 2-4

and 6-8 p.m. and are invited to attend a graveside service at noon on Wednesday, May 29, at Union Cemetery, Route 20 East, Westfield, NY with Rev.

Thayne Bodenmiller officiating. It will take many volunteers to fill Harry’s shoes at Centaur Stride. His wishes are for memorials to benefit Centaur Stride, Inc., to help ensure the continuation of programs and assist with a sustainability plan. Donations are tax-deductible. Memorials may be made to Centaur Stride, P.O. Box

174, Westfield, NY 14787. To send the Monroe family a message of sympathy, log on to