Monroe Jordan Singer, 95, took his last breath at home Saturday, March 29, 2014, with his eldest daughter, Vivian, by his side; he died as he had lived, a peaceful man of science.
He was born in New York City, N.Y., Sept. 16, 1918.
Monroe was educated at the University of Miami as a mechanical engineer and an inventor at heart. He was most proud of his trailblazing in injection molding in the plastics industry and his invention of a successful underground sprinkler system. Mr. Singer was one of the last surviving sailors from the USS Edwin A Howard destroyer escort. He was a Machinist 1st mate and the ship’s photographer and biographer.
Monroe will be remembered respectfully as a man who never stopped learning! His favorite shows were on the Discovery, History and National Geographic channels. He was happy to share his knowledge with anyone who would listen and explain in great detail. Monroe had so many hobbies, raising prize winning orchids; fishing on the Peace River; prospecting; computers; cooking; going out to eat; crabbing; chess; etching; photography; collecting oriental rugs and artwork; and so much more!
Monroe met and fell in love with his wife, Lillian Pyne, at a cabaret in New York City, where she sang with her two sisters. They married in 1944 while he was on leave. Monroe and Lillian moved to Miami, Fla., from New York in 1956 and to Harbour Heights, Fla., in 1979. They remained married until her death in 1997. They had three daughters; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Monroe was instrumental in the raising and educating of three of his grandchildren, who lived with him in Harbour Heights.
He was extremely proud of his family and loved them dearly. Monroe was everything to us! His work ethic, intelligence, patience, wealth of knowledge, love and beliefs will be missed by all who knew him.
He leaves behind daughters, Vivian Attia of Harbour Heights, Joanne (Billy) Shaw of Putney, Vt., and Deborah Singer of Long Island, N.Y.; grandkids, Tiffany Attia, Alex Attia and Vanessa Attia all of Charlotte County, and Miles Shaw and Madeline Shaw of Vermont and Maine; and great-grandson, Jordan Attia of Deep Creek, Fla.
Per his wishes, his ashes will be scattered by his family in locations he loved.