Munroe, Dale Bishop

Dale Bishop Munroe, of Collinsville, beloved husband of Kathleen Munroe, passed away on March 25, 2017, after a short period of declining health. Dale was born on November 27, 1933, in Providence, RI, to Leroy and Jewel (Bishop) Munroe. As a boy, he lived in several New England towns, predominantly Newburyport, MA, which he considered his hometown. Upon his graduation from Newburyport High School in 1951, he fulfilled his childhood dream of playing professional baseball and enjoyed two successful seasons pitching in the minor league system of the St. Louis Browns before a shoulder injury curtailed his career. He proudly served his country as a combat veteran of the U.S. Army in the Korean War, where he was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

Dale was a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and Boston College Law School. He built a career in the insurance industry, including management positions at Travelers Insurance Company. In 1980, he founded Munroe Associates, LLC, an insurance consulting firm, in which he remained active for the rest of his life. He also served his community through appointments on the Canton Zoning Board and as Chair of the Canton Housing Authority.

Dale was a tournament cribbage player and loved a good poker game. He had a keen interest in cars and maintained his own meticulously. Following in his mother’s footsteps, he was a life-long devoted Red Sox fan, and, in his later years, he never missed a UConn women’s basketball game.

In addition to his wife, Dale is survived by his four children: Marsha Reny and her husband Bob, of North Berwick, ME; Valerie Vigneault and her husband, Joe, of Amesbury, MA; Thomas Munroe and his wife, Anita, of Thousand Oaks, CA; and Jon Munroe, of Newburyport, MA. He also is survived by eight grandchildren: Erika Leach; Mandy (Leach) Brocksmith and her husband Rich; Shannon Vigneault; Joey Vigneault; Maggie (Munroe) Guy and her husband Chad; Taylor Munroe; Fallon Munroe; and Kerrie Munroe; and by two great-grandchildren, Chase and Harper Brocksmith. He also leaves his “pen-pal” cousin, Jake Bishop, of South Hadley, MA, and a host of caring friends.

Dale’s family will receive visitors on Friday, March 31, 2017, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Ahern Funeral Home at 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville, CT. Funeral services will be private. Donations in Dale’s memory may be made to Foodshare, 450 Woodland Ave., Bloomfield, CT 06002.  It is with profound sadness that we bid farewell to our beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend. Our lives have been deeply enriched by his love, and he will live in our hearts forever.

Calling Hours

Friday, March 31, 2017 from 3:00~7:00pm

Funeral Service



Memorial Contribution

Foodshare, 450 Woodland Ave., Bloomfield, CT 06002

9 Responses to 'Munroe, Dale Bishop'

  1. AhernFH says:

    Dear Kathy

    Please accept our condolences on the loss of your husband. Although we never met him you spoke of him so often I felt I knew him. I can only hope that the happy days you spent together will help you through this difficult time

    Joanne & Ron Moore

  2. Kelly and Ron Sexton says:

    We remember Dale fondly from the LA days as a kind man and talented leader with a great sense of humor. So sorry to learn of his passing.

  3. Kathy and Chris, Miami says:

    Our heartfelt sympathies go to Kathy and Dale’s family. In spite of our sorrow, we are left with fond remembrances of a man who led such a full, accomplished, and admirable life.

  4. Millis Buckley says:

    Kathleen-I am so sorry. Dale was a wonderful man and he will be missed by all who were blessed to know him. Those we love never die, they just go on living in our hearts. I wish you a full heart. Millis

  5. Lisa Desplaines says:

    We are so sorry for your loss.

    Lisa and Tim Desplaines

  6. Neal Waters says:


    I was so saddened to hear of Dale’s passing. I first met Dale in 1979 as a rookie property adjuster for Liberty Mutual when Dale was with Bessom & Tilton. I learned so much from Dale back then and he continued to council me and offer advise over the years. One day, without any hesitation, he took my son out for a Share-A-day which I was always appreciate of. Dale was a great guy and will sorely be missed. If I can ever be of any assistance to you and your family I am there for you as Dale was for me.

  7. Nancy says:

    My thoughts are with you at this sensitive time. If there is anything I can do please let me know.
    In friendship

  8. Eleanora ( Munroe ) Wynne says:

    Dale, I will always remember you as a powerful man. You had your way about you, but don’t we all. I’m sadden by the news of your passing, for your children and fallon and kerrie.
    I wish I could have thanked you personally for your reaching out to fallon during her battle. I know for a fact she was deeply touched by your genuine love and compassion you shared toward her. Many times after talking with you, left her in tears of joy for being able to talk to her Grampy. It meant so much to her.
    Reading the beautiful obituary written on your behalf, may you Rest In Peace, and know that all you have done in your lifetime did not go unnoticed. You will be missed. Love you

  9. Donna Burkhardt says:

    Kathy and family, this is indeed a beautiful story of a life taken before its time. In my humble opinion, anyway. I first met Dale in C’Ville while playing cribbage at GnAs. Rather we all watched in awe as he “schooled” us with his ability to count cards. I thought I was pretty good until I met this cribbage wizard!
    What a great guy. So kind, so wise, and after reading this so many things I didn’t know!
    My heart aches for you.

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