John H. Manning

John H. Manning, formerly of Braintree and Dorchester, died on December 20 in Norwell. John was born in 1943 in Boston.

Born with cerebral palsy, John spent his life defying expectations and limitations to live a life of courage, independence, and dignity. As a sign of his resolutely independent spirit, he was a lifelong Yankees fan in Boston. He worked for many years at New England Medical Center. Owning and driving a car brought John a great deal of pride and pleasure. John also possessed great family and local pride. Raised on Upland Avenue in Dorchester, he kept in touch with friends and neighbors his whole life, even after moving to Braintree with his parents in their retirement years. He possessed a remarkable memory for family history, and ensured that younger generations knew of the accomplishments of his father (for many years the chief of staff for the Suffolk county DA), mother (a nurse), aunts (including an accomplished violinist), and uncles (one a Boston Police officer and one a head of the longshoreman’s union.) He was especially close to his sister Eileen, who pre-deceased him.

Besides Eileen Manning Smith, John was also predeceased by his father, Leo Francis Manning, his mother, Theresa McKenven Manning, and brothers Leo Manning, Jr. and Thomas Manning. He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Rita Manning of Madison, Wisconsin; several nieces and nephews and their families, including Susan Manning Walsh of Braintree, Kristine Manning of Bridgewater, Sheila Manning Troy of Dorchester, John Manning of North Carolina, Derek Manning of Braintree, Cathy Manning of Colorado, Michelle Manning of Wisconsin, and Shana Bandelean of Dudley, MA; and his dear friend Donna Bartholomew. The family would like to thank Southwood of Norwell Nursing for their care of John in his final months.

A viewing will take place On Tuesday, December 28 at 9:00 am at Hurley Funeral Home in Randolph followed by a funeral mass at 10:30 am at St. Mary’s Church in Randolph and interment at St Joseph Cemetery in West Roxbury. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to a charity of your choice.


First Name: Sarah
Last Name: Kelly
City: 02184
State: MA
Country: USA
Entry Date: 12/24/2021

I'm very sorry about your loss I remember seeing him at Susan house holiday party and watching the Patriot game that was a great memory he is with god wings god bless you and to your family

First Name: Richard
Last Name: Manning
City: Madison
State: WI
Country: United States
Entry Date: 12/27/2021

Farewell brother John

First Name: Donna
Last Name: Bartholomew
City: Hanover
State: MA
Country: USA
Entry Date: 12/27/2021

I will miss John’s sense of humor, his fierce independence, sincere kindness, generosity and most of all unending loyalty to his family. I will never forget the years of friendship he gave to me. He was a treasure❤️

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