WORCESTER, Mass. - Retired Worcester lawyer John B. Manning, 84, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 at the UMass-Memorial Medical Center. He was four days shy of his 85th birthday. His wife of 45 years, Lenore (Farnsworth) Manning, died in 2002 and his brother Henry died in 1962.
He leaves his son, John B. Manning, Jr. of Auburn, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Born October 21, 1927 in Worcester to Henry and Catherine (Morrissey) Manning, Jack was senior class president at Classical High School, where he and his brother Henry ("Buddy") captained the track team. Henry was the city's 100 yard dash champion, and Jack 2nd in the half mile.
He served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1948, assigned as a Navy meteorologist at Key West, Fla. Hurricane Center. Jack received his bachelor of arts degree from Harvard College in 1952, was a member of the Pi Eta Club and Hasty Pudding Institute, and was chosen to deliver the traditional Ivy Oration at commencement - a humorous survey of the graduating class's four years at Harvard.
A graduate of Boston University Law School, he practiced law in Worcester until 1997.
Active in the community, he donated much time to the Parents Without Partners organization, among others, and in 1980 made an unsuccessful run for Register of Probate in Worcester County.
Jack was a devoted husband and father, avid reader on all topics, Patriots fan, and golfer who carded two holes-in-one at his home course, Worcester Country Club. His generous nature, quick wit, great humor, and penchant for recounting wonderful stories will be sadly missed by all who were fortunate enough to have called him "friend."
Calling hours are Monday, Oct. 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester. The funeral will be Tuesday, Oct. 23 from the funeral home with a Mass at 11 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church, 555 Pleasant St., Worcester. Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery.