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Woodbury, Connecticut

David Monckton Memorial Scholarship

Established December 7, 2018

Established by Cathy A. Monckton

Dave Monckton, and younger twin siblings, Dianne and Donald.  He attended Bethlehem Elementary School and Woodbury High School, from which he graduated in 1965.  He received an Associate’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Hartford State Technical College in 1967.  Dave began working for the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation with summer jobs in high school, but he became a full time DOT employee in 1967.  Over the years his positions included Highway Construction Inspector, Town Aid Construction Inspector, Assistant Town Aid District Supervisor, and Transportation Engineer.  While working for the DOT, Dave also took evening courses at the University of New Haven, beginning in 1969, eventually earning a Bachelor’s Degree in 1977.  He became the Assistant Director of Public Works for the Town of Woodbury in 1987, the Director of Public Works in 1994.  He retired in 2012.  

Dave was very involved with the Connecticut Association of Street and Highway Officials (CASHO), serving on the Board of Directors for approximately 30 years.  In addition to a term as President of the organization, he served on committees such as Education, the annual Equipment Show, Bylaws Review, and was Editor of the CASHO newsletter.  Dave also served on the Technology Transfer Institute of Connecticut Board of Directors for 20 years and was a member of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Scouting was a very important part of Dave’s life.  He became a Cub Scout in 1955 with Pack 59, then a Boy Scout with Troop 59, both in Bethlehem.  In 1963 he joined Troop 54 in Woodbury, the troop with which he stayed the rest of his life.  He served as Assistant Scoutmaster from 1965 – 1980, then as Scoutmaster from 1980 – 2001.  As a Boy Scout he also served as the Order of Arrow Advisor for the Mattatuck Lodge from 1971 – 1976 and was a longtime member of the Mattatuck Volunteers.  He loved sharing the joys of scouting with others, participating in countless camping and canoe trips, camporees and Klondike Derbies.  With Boy Scouts he hiked the trails of Connecticut as well as parts of the Appalachian Trail and White Mountains David B. Monckton (1947 – 2017) grew up in Bethlehem, CT with his parents, Richard and Eleanor.  Under his leadership, troop members participated in leader training, national Boy Scout jamborees, Order of the Arrow national conferences, became camp counselors in training and staff, and travelled to the Philmont Scout Ranch.  He reveled in “his boys’” service projects, courts of honor and accomplishments.

Volunteering in the community was a large part of what made Dave the man he was.  In addition to scouting, he was involved with the Woodbury/Bethlehem Youth Council, Woodbury Shade Tree and Sidewalk Committee, and the Woodbury Emergency Management Committee.  He was an active member of the First Lutheran Church in Waterbury, serving on the church council, then became a member of North Congregational Church in Woodbury, where he served as a Deacon, Sunday School teacher and usher.  He was a Life Member of the Bethlehem Fair Society, with which he volunteered from childhood.

Dave shared his life and love of community with his wife, Cathy, to whom he was married in 1970, as well as his daughters, Jamie and Lindsey.  Dave could often be found with his family during community activities, everyone participating in some way.  He also became an active volunteer with Girl Scouts of Connecticut, The Old Woodbury Historical Society and the Woodbury FFA, supporting his wife and daughters, sharing the knowledge and enthusiasm from his own endeavors.

Over the years Dave received several awards, including the District Award of Merit for the BSA Blue Trail District and the BSA Silver Beaver Award.  He also received Woodbury Planning Commission’s Bernard Rosenberg Award for his contribution to the community through volunteering.  Perhaps the best tribute, however, was the plaque given to Dave by some of his Boy Scouts when he retired as Order of the Arrow Advisor:

To Our Brother Dave
Who was never one
To shirk a job
Or a task to shun:
Our heartfelt thanks
for lots of fun
and unselfish service
in a job well done.

If you would like to learn more about Woodbury Scholarship Fund Dollars for Scholars®, contact us at or by mail at P.O. Box 716, Woodbury, CT  06798.