Surrounded by all his loved ones, on Saturday, December 11, 2021, Lou Montanaro, Husband, Dad, Papa, Great Gran Papa, Brother, Father-In-Law and Friend was called home at the age of 86. He is now our watchful Guardian guiding us and showering us with love from above. A Dads’ and Papas’ adoration Trumps everything. His passing will never overshadow the legacy and love he leaves behind.
Dad was born on July 3, 1935 in Providence, Rhode Island to Louis and Carmella Montanaro. He dedicated his life in support of his family and friends and never hesitated for a moment, always having the intestinal fortitude to stand by his convictions and teach us what commitment and dedication was all about. Dad married the love of his life, Lea Cotè, on January 23, 1957.
Dad graduated from Brown University with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering later receiving a MBA from the University of Rhode Island. Dad was an innovative pioneer! He became a professional engineer, worked on the design team for the Navy’s Aircraft Carriers steam catapult system, wrote a textbook on pipe hanging design, and later became lead engineer for the Comanche Peak Nuclear Plant. After plant completion Dad decided to put his MBA to use and formed MSQ Engineering, LM & Associates, finally settling for his absolute love when he acquired Texas RC later becoming Plano RC.
In 1978, Dad and Mom traded the comfort of Rhode Island for the wide open plains of Texas, where they weathered the dust storms, buzzards and coyotes to make their home for more than 40 years. They lived in Plano, Lucas, and for the last 10 years, Savannah and McKinney Texas. In a time when children go looking for heroes, we never had to look far. Dad was our rock! He taught us independence, the value of a buck, ALWAYS give 100%, and quitting wasn’t an option. He was Counselor, Mechanic, Builder, Innovator, Mentor, Dreamer, Perfectionist, Athlete, Coach, amazing Story Teller, avid Dancer, incredible RC Pilot and Instructor, Judge, Jury, and sometimes, as needed, Warden. He had us convinced, Ice Cream was its own food group, the Yankee’s were the only team worth watching, and chocolate really SHOULD be at the top of the food pyramid. There was nothing he couldn’t do! From winning State and City Championships as both player and coach in baseball and basketball, to building climbers, pools, and pigeon coups, to innovative solutions to further our national objectives, Dad, was so much to so many. He dedicated his life in the support of five fabulous children, eight gifted grandchildren, 5 outlaws and countless others as he imparted his love of Flying and his insatiable appetite for life, food, and music, especially Sinatra and the Rat Pack, on all he encountered. He shaped generations. Though he’ll miss the birth of his second great grandchild, we know, both Dad and Mom, will always be watching over her.
Dad is survived by loving siblings sister, Barbara Ashe and husband Glen, of Texas and brother, Steve Montanaro and wife Sharon, of Rhode Island; his five children, Louis Montanaro and wife Cindy of Lewisville, Deborah Wood and husband Danny of Van Alstyne, Amy Foster and husband Ralph of McKinney, Michelle Huddleston and husband Jeff of McKinney, Christopher Montanaro and wife Martha Ann of Lake Kiowa; eight grandchildren, Nicole Christenson and husband Preston, Brooke Huddleston, Jonathan Rozanski and wife Jenelle, Amanda Zizzo and husband Jonathan, Cassidy Foster, Christopher, Ashley and Rachel Montanaro; one, great grandchild, Emma Zizzo and one, soon to be born, great grandchild, Emerald Reign Rozanski.
Dad is preceded in death by his perfect wife of 64 years, Lea Montanaro, and his parents.
We will celebrate Dad’s life with family and friends at the North Dallas Radio Control Flying Field in early spring. Details will follow, but suffice it to say…there WILL be a competition, because if there was one thing Dad loved…it was to compete. ALL will be welcome to come celebrate our amazing Dad, Husband, Papa, Great Gran Papa and Friend. Come casual and armed with a great story to help honor the Godfather of life and flying. Let’s honor his legacy in the same way he lived his life; with love, laughter, and competition, surrounded by all he holds dear.