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 James “Jimmy” Munford, Sr

James “Jimmy” Munford, Sr

Birth
USA
Death 25 May 2014 (aged 96)
Creve Coeur, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
Burial Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
Plot SECTION CAW4  ROW A  SITE 10
Memorial ID 131658671 · View Source
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PFC   US ARMY WORLD WAR II
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LONGTIME ARCHBISHOP'S RESIDENCE EMPLOYEE PASSES AWAY

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:45 a.m. Monday, June 2, for Jimmy Munford, who worked for some 45 years at the archbishop's residence in the Central West End of St. Louis. The Mass will be in the St. Vincent de Paul Chapel at the Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Drive in Shrewsbury.

Munford, 96, died May 25 at Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur. He was known for his zest for life, especially as he continued working in his 90s.

He received the Cardinal Rigali Service Award from the archdiocese in 2003. In 2011, he received the St. Louis King Award, the highest honor in the archdiocese, from Archbishop Robert J. Carlson. In 2013 the archdiocese dedicated its James "Jimmy" Munford Center, a staff center and gathering space at the Cardinal Rigali Center in Shrewsbury.

Munford took it all in stride. He said he started work in June 1967 at the archbishop's residence just to help out for three days. The Sisters of the Most Precious Blood, who were serving at the residence then, were seeking extra help around the time Cardinal Joseph E. Ritter died.

The temporary job became permanent. Munford worked for five prelates -- Cardinal John J. Carberry, Archbishop John L. May, Cardinal Justin F. Rigali, Cardinal Raymond L. Burke and Archbishop Carlson.

The residence has doubled as an office for the archbishops and as a place to meet visitors and entertain guests. Munford had a number of duties, and was known for his skill in keeping the woodwork and floors of the historic home sporting a brilliant shine. Munford became a part-time staff member when he reached retirement age 30 years ago. He drove from his home in Herculaneum five days a week and worked five hours each day.

Born on Christmas Day 1917, Munford served in the Army in World War II and fought in the Battle of Normandy. He worked as a painter, undertaker, casket builder and grocery store owner before being hired at the archbishop's residence. He worked on a farm growing up.

He was diligent in taking care of his health and exercising, and was know for his skill in home repairs, tearing things down and putting them back together to make them work.

At the dedication of the Munford Center, Archbishop Carlson cited Munford's exemplary service. At the ceremony, the archbishop said the dedication is "in gratitude not only for your service, but also your Christian witness in quietly and effectively bringing honor upon this archdiocese."

Survivors include his son, Ron Munford, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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Jimmy Munford Served Five Archbishops Since 1967

ST. LOUIS – Jimmy Munford, Army veteran and employee in the archbishop's residence since 1967, passed away on Sunday. He was 96 years old.

Munford served five prelates during his 45 years of service to the Archdiocese of St. Louis - Cardinal John J. Carberry, Archbishop John L. May, Cardinal Justin F. Rigali, Cardinal Raymond L. Burke and Archbishop Carlson.

"Jimmy had a zest for life and a heart for service," Archbishop Robert Carlson said. "Jimmy touched numerous lives throughout his many years of life simply by quietly living out his Christian witness, and in doing so he brought honor to this archdiocese. Anyone who came in contact with Jimmy was sure to leave with a smile. I have been truly blessed to know this extraordinary man."

Born on Christmas Day 1917, Munford served in the Army during World War II and fought in the Battle of Normandy. He has one son, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He worked as a painter, undertaker, casket builder and grocery store owner before being hired at the archbishop's residence. He also worked on a farm growing up.

In recent years Munford had received various honors for more than 45 years of service at the archbishop's residence in the Central West End of St. Louis. He received the Cardinal Rigali Service Award from the archdiocese in 2003. In 2011, he received the St. Louis King Award, the highest honor in the archdiocese, from Archbishop Robert J. Carlson. Most recently, in January 2013, the archdiocese dedicated its new James "Jimmy" Munford Center, a staff center and gathering space at the Cardinal Rigali Center in Shrewsbury.

Munford began his time at the archbishop's residence in June 1967, just to help out for three days. The Sisters of the Most Precious Blood, who were serving at the residence then, were seeking some extra help around the time Cardinal Joseph E. Ritter died. That temporary job then became permanent.

The residence has at times doubled as an office for the archbishops and as a place to meet visitors and entertain guests. Munford had a number of duties there, and was known for keeping the woodwork and floors of the historic home sporting a brilliant shine. He had his photo taken with President George W. Bush when the president visited Cardinal Rigali and with Pope St. John Paul II during the papal visit to St. Louis in 1999.


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  • Created by: Tami Glock
  • Added: 21 Jun 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 131658671
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James “Jimmy” Munford, Sr (15 Dec 1917–25 May 2014), Find A Grave Memorial no. 131658671, citing Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Tami Glock (contributor 46872676) .