Harold Monk III
For Immediate Release
Gator Great Errict Rhett Pledges $1,000 to Jump Start the Ă˘â‚¬ËśHarold Monk, III Memorial FundĂ˘â‚¬â„˘, a Scholarship Fund to Support the Future Education of MonkĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s Daughters
(Gainesville, FL Ă˘â‚¬â€ś December 9, 2011) Gator great Errict Rhett steps up to support his friend and former Gator teammate, Harold Monk, III, who tragically died unexpectedly on Tuesday at 42. Harold Monk, III, a Gainesville native, former Gator football player and Gainesville area-businessman was dedicated to his family and community. Monk leaves behind wife, Harmony Monk and daughters, Olivia, age 10, and Lauren, age 8.
Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“I am honored to make a memorial tribute gift in honor of Harold, my friend and former teammate,Ă˘â‚¬Âť said Errict Rhett, CEO of both Errict Rhett Custom Homes and The Errict Rhett Foundation. Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“Harold was a great Gator, role model, husband and father of two young, beautiful girls who need our prayers and support.Ă˘â‚¬Âť
The family has established the Harold Monk, III Memorial Fund, a scholarship fund to benefit his childrenĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s education. To make a tribute gift, visit www.ForYourLaw.com/Monk or send it to the Harold Monk, III Memorial Fund c/o the Law Offices of Stephen K. Miller, P.A., 101 NW 75th ST, Ste. 1, Gainesville, Florida 32607.
Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“We are happy to support the Monk family in setting up the Memorial Fund and we encourage members of our community to join Errict Rhett in supporting HaroldĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s family by making a tribute gift,Ă˘â‚¬Âť said Attorney Stephen K. Miller. Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“We also encourage the community to shop at Gator Spirits and Fine Wines this holiday season. Your patronage will help Harmony and the girls get through this very difficult holiday.Ă˘â‚¬Âť
Monk was the owner of Gator Spirits and Fine Wines. He opened Gator Spirits and Fine Wines at Tower and Archer roads in 1998, and a second location in Westgate Plaza at West University Avenue and 34th Street seven years ago before closing it last month.
He was born in Gainesville, graduated from Buchholz High School and went on to graduate from the University of Florida. Monk was a walk-on to the Gator football team and earned a scholarship in his first year, starting as a long snapper under Coach Steve Spurrier from 1989 to 1993.
Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“Harold was an extremely hard-working player. He was a good person,Ă˘â‚¬Âť former Gator head coach Steve Spurrier told WCJB TV-20 news station.
As a member of the Gainesville Quarterback Club, serving on the Choices Advisory Board and helping with numerous charity events in the community, Monk left a legacy of being a strong supporter of charitable causes in the Gainesville community. He also served as a volunteer coach at Buchholz High and other community schools.
Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“He was just an all-around great guy,Ă˘â‚¬Âť said his father, Harold Monk Jr.
Milam Funeral Home is handling arrangements. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9 at Milam Funeral Home, 22405 w. Newberry RD, Newberry, FL 32669. 352-472-5361.
The funeral on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Queen of Peace Catholic Church at 10900 SW 24th Avenue Gainesville FL 32607.