Joe Monteith is Cory Monteith’s Father

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Joe Monteith is the father of Shaun and Cory Monteith; his youngest Cory became interest in music when he was a little boy, sadly Joe didn’t remained in his son’s life for long after Joe and his wife got divorce Cory’s struggle with drugs and alcohol hunt him for years, but nobody could anticipate not even Joe Monteith that Cory will be dead at 31,  that was the news that Police in Vancouver told him on Saturday July 13, 2013.

31-year-old Cory Allan Michael Monteith was found dead in his room on the 21st floor of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel on Vancouver’s waterfront at about noon Saturday after  he failed to check out, no foul play is suspected, an autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

Joe Monteith and his then wife Ann McGregor had two boys during their lives together as husband and wife, in 1979 his eldest boy Shaun was born and three years later Cory came to their lives, sadly in 1989 Joe and Ann separated and eventually got divorce, his sons went to live with their mother in Victoria, British Columbia, but Joe  got to see them from time to time.

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Cory Monteith’s dad Joe a former soldier in Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, is the son of the late Phillip Murray Monteith of Hampton, NB, and Phyllis (Sweeney) Monteith, like him Joe’s dad served with the artillery in World War II. Mr. Monteith has two brothers Malcolm and Phillip.

Mr. Monteith moved to his natal town in Oromocto a town in Sunbury County in New Brunswick where one day he found out his young son became Finn Hudson in Fox’s television show Glee in 2009,  he recalled feeling was ecstatic, not surprised after all music runs in their veins.

“He always had that in him,” Joe says of his son’s theatrical leanings, describing him as bright and energetic as a boy.
“He was into everything,” Joe says. “He was on the stage doing The Little Red Hen when he was six or seven years old. He was pounding on stuff at that age. He was never a shy boy. He always liked to be out in the view of people.”
“When both the boys were young we used to have speakers in their bedrooms and I would play Beethoven or classical music all the time for the boys. That just soothed them right out. They just loved it,” he says.

There was a time when Joe tried singing in public too, he  enjoyed it so much that he began to sing more frequently, but he did it just for fun.

“I’ve been known to go up and win a karaoke contest every now and again,” Joe says.
“The crowd went wild,” Joe recalls. “And out of nowhere this guy came up and asked me if I had a manager.
“And I said, ‘I’m really not into this, I do it for fun. I like keeping a low profile.'”

Some people said Cory and his old man were not close and didn’t see each other that often. Joe and Cory didn’t see each other for 17 years after he and Ann got divorced, it was until 2009 that father and son reunited.

We’d spoken maybe three or four times [during that period] and he reached out to me on Facebook. I couldn’t shut the door, so I got on a plane. He greeted me at the airport, and (he and stepmother Yvette) were so happy they were almost crying. It was a good time.”

His son Cory died after taking a lethal dose of heroine and alcohol, his body was released to Ann was released yesterday, she decided to hold a viewing at the hospital with Lea and Cory’s brother Shaun. Following the viewing, we’re told Cory’s mom decided to have him cremated. Joe wasn’t there..

I always loved both my sons and am going to miss Cory very very much, I’m saddened at the fact that I couldn’t have been there to see my son before he was cremated.’

Joe Monteith and his second wife Yvette Monteith reside in Saint John, New Brunswick with their three cats.

Find Joe Monteith on Facebook here.

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  1. Lance Christiansen, D.O. says:

    DearMr. Joe Monteith,

    I have followed, a bit, the news about your son, Cory. Naturally, for anyone to die is a tragedy, but for a man so talented and young, it is doubly sad.

    One thing, however, one has to remember when making a personal adjudication about the cause of a person’s death: coroners are mostly political people and, often know something about trauma, gunshot wounds, etc., but they know relatively little about the pathophysiology of diseases. Typical doctors do not either, since in the modern day the managing physician for a sick person does not do an autopsy, as practiced, commonly, years ago. So, the result is very little knowledge by practicing physicians concerning the various abnormalities inside the body when a person dies.

    So, because of the above factors the published reports concerning the cause of a person’s death are usually erroneous.

    I do not follow celebrities…I am 73 years of age, after all so I never watched the show, Glee and I never saw your son’s picture until after his death: on the cover of People magazine. Right away I saw tell-tale signs of rheumatic disease. That is the disease that many people have after they have had infections, in their lifetime by Streptococcus pyogenes a very contagious bacteria. He had large bags under the eyes, many moles, a erythematous (red) complexion, just to name a few. His behavior was abnormal: sick behavior really, when one considers his focused use of drugs through his life. That indicates, in a general way, there was something wrong with his brain functioning. Also, being disinhibited and being antisocial are both historical symptoms of Tourette’s syndrome: a mental disorder that some people have after they have been struck, during their lifetime, with rheumatic fever.

    I do not have access to his physical autopsy, but common pathological findings would be an enlarged liver, an enlarged heart, premature coronary artery disease (for age), an enlarged spleen, fluid in the pericardial cavity, sometimes pulmonary edema (fluid in the lung), and sometimes people have signs of lung inflammation and gastrointestinal inflammation: petechia within the tissues, for instance and sometimes ecchymosis of the skin and other, more deep, located tissues. If a complete blood count was done the person maybe anemic from a bit to a lot. Their white count would commonly be high. Their sedimentation rate and C-reactive protein test results would be high. Of course it is faulty behavior not to do the simple tests, but often they are omitted, because coroners often focus on “politically meaningful” items such as serum drug tests.

    Also, microscopic inspection of a person’s blood will result in finding certain lesions termed Achoff’s bodies if they have had rheumatic fever in the past.

    A person’s history is important, for instance, if they had frequent sore throats, ear infections, and tonsillitis when they are young. A person can become conditioned to the autoantigens of Streptococcus pyogenes, often termed Strep A, and so their immune systems become very sensitive to them. At a latter date, if they get and infection their immune system can react in an exaggerated fashion and that phenomenon caused rheumatic fever: not the presence in the tissues of the body of the microbe, itself.

    If he had a history of a respiratory disease, a flu-like disease, days to weeks before he died that would be a very highly meaningful fact.

    Rheumatic fever is common, although doctors do not think so commonly. It decreased in prevalence from 1900 to about 1985, but then it started a resurgence, first noted in Salt Lake City, and documented by an article in the February edition of the New England Journal of Medicine by L. George Veasy, MD.

    Many entertainers have died from it; that fact is an indication of how many typical citizens die from it. For instance, Whitney Houston (mid-40’s) died from it; Brittany Murphy and he husband Simon Mojack died from it (34 and 46, respectively), Cory Haim, I think, died from it, Elvis Presley died from it in his 40’s, I think Marilyn Monroe died from it in her mid-30’s. It may be that Heath Ledger died from it.

    Often the people who have rheumatic fever, at some level, acute, subacute, or chronic, have back pain sometimes in their lives. Many have experienced shoulder/neck pain. The former have subtle or not so subtle neurological abnormalities in their legs/feet and the latter have some neurological abnormalities in their upper extremities. These abnormalities may be mild and intermittent.

    I surely think the abnormal brain function and the pain that they have, especially during an acute attack, cause such individuals to take drugs…after all they are often antisocial as a part of a subtle mental sickness. Since rheumatic fever can come on rapidly, and it is “very painful” those who are affected by it will take almost anything that they think can help their pain: alcohol, over-the-counter medications, and/or illegal drugs.

    I have done a great deal of research on rheumatic fever. I will have a book out on it this coming winter.


    Lance Christiansen, DO
    Commander, US Navy Medical Corps, Ret.

  2. Lance Christiansen, D.O. says:

    Dear Mr. Monteith,

    I have to correct something: Aschoff’s bodies are found, microscopically, in cardiac tissue, not the blood.


    Lance Christiansen, D.O.

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