PEABODY – Mr. John "Jack" Deneen Manning, 91, of Peabody, beloved husband of the late Barbara (Hogan) Manning, died peacefully, January 4th, 2021 at his home.
Born in New York, New York, he was the son of the late John and Florence (Deneen) Manning. He was raised and educated in New York City and was a graduate of Cardinal Hayes High School, class of 1947. He continued his education at St. Louis University and graduated as a member of the class of 1951 earning his degree with a major in Philosophy and a minor in Chemistry.
An honorably discharged veteran, John joined the United States Coast Guard upon his college graduation in July of 1951. He graduated from 4 service-related schools graduating as an Officer and was assigned Assistant Captain of the Port Marine Inspection Office in Savannah, Georgia.
Mr. Manning began his career with the IBM Corporation as a Sales Representative. He loved working for IBM and during his 33-year career moved around the globe. In 1961 he moved his young family to Tokyo, Japan as the Director of Industry Relations. He made many friends in Tokyo and was delighted to begin his and Barbara's lifelong friendship with Harold and Allaine Abe. He moved back to New York and then Paris, France and finally to Wilton, CT. After his retirement from IBM he accepted a consulting role for NTT in Tokyo which he enjoyed for five years.
They lived in many places over the years and made friends where ever they resided. Some of the significant places of residences were: Tokyo, Japan; La Celle St. Cloud, France; Larchmont and Scarsdale, New York; Augusta and Savannah, Georgia; Wilton and Stratford, Connecticut; and Brooksby Village, Peabody, Massachusetts.
John continued consulting moving to consult with IBM. He was quite successful at consulting and this part of his career was beginning to take off. At this moment in his family’s life his beloved wife Barbara had a stroke. John always had his priorities in line and immediately changed his life to become the daily and consummate caretaker for his wife. For 19 years since that pivotal date, John was Barbara’s constant caregiver and he would have it no other way. Day in and day out, John devoted his life to taking care of his life’s love Barbara. He was selfless and adamant about providing her the best quality of life possible. It is just who he was as a man. His family always came first. He was an amazingly giving person.
Jack took pleasure in the small and every day experiences as much he enjoyed adventures such as learning to ski in Japan. He loved music and singing and was an avid golfer belonging to golf clubs in Tokyo, Westchester, and Connecticut. He and his brother-in-law and friend, Bill Hogan, attended the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta Georgia over 55 times.
Faith was also very important to Jack. He enjoyed Catholic Men’s retreats at the Trappist Monastery in Spencer, MA over the years and was a daily communicant. His Catholic faith was always a compass he could follow even in dark times.
Above all else, Jack’s family was first. He was proud of his children’s accomplishments and relished in becoming a grandfather. He was happiest when surrounded by family and friends. He created a great path of how to lead a successful, fulfilling loving life. One his family is quite proud of.
Jack is survived by daughters, Mary Ann McCormick and her husband Richard of Pacific Grove, CA and Diane Abe and her husband, David of Lexington, MA, sons, Dr. John D. Manning and his wife, Dorian of Trumbull, CT and David Manning of Hyde Park, VT, grandchildren, Alison Weinstein, Suzanne Janczewski, Michael, Jack, Daniel and William Manning, Lisa and Greg McCormick and Katherine and Grace Abe, great grandchildren, Athena, Charlotte, Eli and Leo. In addition to his loving wife, He was pre-deceased by his lifelong friends Harold and Allaine Abe.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral services are private. Burial with his beloved wife, in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. Assisting the family with the arrangements is the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., (rte 62) Danvers. Donations in John’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. Sharing written remembrances and condolences, during this time will be essential in helping John’s family reminisce, celebrate and heal. We encourage you to share your memories by visiting his eternal tribute at www.odonnellfuneralservice.com
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