Ceremony held for FSU's Monk Bonasorte

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By: Erin Lisch
November 28, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- On Monday afternoon, the stands inside Florida State's Doak Campbell Stadium had almost 200 people, from family, to friends and even the student athletes…all taking time to remember the beloved Monk Bonasorte.

Monk Bonasorte is remembered by many as a Hall of Famer and an FSU Defensive Back from 1977-80.

Legendary FSU coach Bobby Bowden talks about how Monk impacted his life, "I've used him many times through the years of an example of what a young man can do, if he's willing to pay the price."

Fighting hard on and off the field, Bonasorte lost his battle with brain cancer, but he’s not forgotten.

Voice of the Noles, Gene Deckerhoff, said, "He's one of a kind, I consider Monk a good friend. I think most people who knew him considered him a good friend."

Friend of Bonasorte, Sharon Beaumont, said,"His laugh is my favorite memory."

Friend of Bonasorte, Wayne Wallace III, said, "The first time anybody ever met Monk it was like you knew him for a long, long time."

As FSU's Senior Associate Athletic Director, Monk was close with Jimbo Fisher.

During the service, FSU Head Coach Jimbo Fisher said, "Florida State lost a heck of a guy, our players and student athletes lost a heck of a person…but I lost a heck of a friend."

A friend and a father of two young men, proud to record a message to their dad.

His son Rocky Bonasorte said, "I consider myself the luckiest man in the world, given the fact that I can call Monk Bonasorte my dad."

Bonasorte’s son, TJ Bonasorte, said, "Dad, you suffered but now you're in a better place right now looking down on all of us."

Number 42, looking down on the Nole nation, as so many have looked up to him as a leader at Florida State.

There were plenty of tears at the ceremony, but also laughs. For instance, Jimbo was always reminded by Monk that he never lost to the Gators when he played…ever! Of course, we all know he would've been proud of the performance this past weekend with the Seminoles winning 31-13 over UF.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
November 23, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A ceremony is set to celebrate the life of FSU Sr. Associate Athletic Director Monk Bonasorte, who passed away over the weekend after a year-long battle with brain cancer.

There ceremony will be held 3:30 p.m. Monnday at Doak Campbell Stadium.

Bonasorte was an All-American safety at Florida State from 1977-80, an FSU Athletics Hall of Fame honoree, and worked at FSU's athletic department since 2008, where he oversaw the department's internal operations.

“Monk was a loyal, dependable giant of an athletics administrator whose hard work and dedication to Florida State and Florida State Athletics extended into the larger FSU and collegiate athletics communities. He was a devoted, highly-respected athletics staff member who was beloved by all who came to know him,” said FSU Vice President and Director of Athletics Stan Wilcox earlier this week.

Attendees can enter Doak Campbell Stadium through Gate C starting at 2:00 p.m. with the service beginning at 3:00 p.m., and should sit in the stands near the 50-yard line behind where the Seminole team benches are located during home games.