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Bennett Funeral Home

209 North Main Street, Concord, NH

OBITUARY

George L. Manias

July 31, 1935May 18, 2020

George Louis Manias, beloved and cherished husband, father and grandfather, passed away on the morning of Monday, May 18, 2020, in Concord, NH.

George Manias was born in Concord, NH on July 31, 1935. George graduated from Tufts University in 1958. He met the love of his life, Diane Haeussler of Medford, MA, on the first day they arrived at Tufts as freshmen. Following graduation, George served in the U.S. Army, and was honorably discharged to attend Suffolk University Law School in Boston, MA. He married Diane in 1961 and graduated from Suffolk as a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1963. They remained married and in love for 57 years. Together they raised and nurtured a loving family with their two children, Bill and Xanthi.

George was a highly respected attorney and, ultimately, a revered justice on the New Hampshire Superior Court. He began his legal career at the Office of the NH Attorney General and then practiced law as a partner at the firm of Cleveland, Waters & Bass in Concord, NH. George was honored to be appointed to the NH Superior Court by then-Governor John H. Sununu in 1985. George was proud to serve on the Superior Court until his retirement in 2000, and continued to work as a judge in senior status performing various judicial roles until 2019.

More than anything, and above all else, George adored his wife, children and grandchildren, and reveled in their adventures, successes and interests - all to which he devoted his undivided attention and all of which his family attributes to his unwavering guidance, care, and love.

Though George was highly respected in the legal and judicial communities, he was an extremely humble man who was more concerned with his roles as a dedicated and loving husband, father, grandfather and uncle. George was always present and available, without hesitation, to his children, grandchildren, nephews and nieces as a caring and trusted mentor, advisor, confidante, storyteller, historian and family guardian.

George was preceded in death by his loving wife, Diane; parents, Louis and Xanthoula Manias; his brother, Constantine Manias; and his adored grandson, Andrew William Manias.

He is survived by his children, Bill Manias and his wife, Gretchen, of Houston, TX, and Xanthi Manias Gray and her husband, Daniel, of Portsmouth, NH; grandchildren Hayden Manias of Houston, TX and Lannon, Kealey and Ainsley Gray of Portsmouth, NH; and his sister Dorothy Kokulis Stokes, of Venice, FL and Concord, NH.

Due to current circumstances, a private family service will be held at Blossom Hill Cemetery in Concord, NH and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, for those desiring, memorial contributions in George’s name may be directed to the Concord Hospital Trust at www.ch-trust.org.

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Elizabeth Zachos

June 3, 2020

I've always had a special place in my heart for George, I think because he always seemed to have a special place in his heart for me. He was always kind, and interested in what my sisters and I were doing, and in my husband and kids. We felt loved by him, and excited whenever we were in Concord and could visit him.

My fondest memory of George is (also sadly) of when we attended my Aunt Vicky's funeral. I hadn't expected to be crying continuously, but I was, and I had absolutely not brought enough tissues. George saw this, gently came up to me, and gave me his handkerchief. He was sad, too. He was teary, too. But he insisted. I still have it. It's the only handkerchief I have, and I'll always keep it.

BJ Branch

May 29, 2020

Dear Family of Judge Manias:
I just wanted to write a note and extend my condolences. I was admitted in 1986 and therefore appeared frequently in front of Judge Manias from my first year in the Bar until his retirement. At that time there were many judges who, for whatever reason, would give young lawyers a particularly hard time. I truly believe some of them thought it was good to really push young lawyers so that they would be “on the ball” I suppose. As a young lawyer, however, it created many shall we say unsatisfactory experiences. Especially if you happen to be covering for a senior partner who hadn’t really worked the file up all that well and you didn’t know much about the law. Both of those things occurred to me. In any event unlike most, if not all, of the judges who were sitting when I started in 1986 your father treated me with incredible respect and generosity of spirit. I am sure he knew many times that I was struggling and he could have swooped in for the kill like some of the other judges did with relish. Your father never did. As an aside, on one occasion when I was awaiting a jury verdict at a time when I was a cigarette smoker, I went down to a designated area of sorts and thereupon went to open my pack of cigarettes and smoke away my stress, however, when I did my pack of cigarettes was empty but Judge Manias was there and helpfully offered me one. At no time did he breach the judicial decorum (unless you count giving me a lighter to light my cigarette which at the time I appreciated). I don’t know if he ever quit but I did. However, even though it was a bad habit, it led to a good experience with Judge Manias.
Best regards,
BJ Branch

Ellen Zachos

May 26, 2020

Visiting cousin George and Diane was always a treat when we were kids. George was so handsome and kind, and I'm very sorry to know he's gone.

Ed Damon

May 25, 2020

This is very sad news. I had the good fortune to work with George at Cleveland, Waters and Bass in the early 1980’s. I will always remember him as a warm and genuine person, a man who loved his family and was very proud of his children. He was also an excellent lawyer, always well prepared, always practical. His later public service as a trial judge on the Superior Court was New Hampshire’s good fortune. Concord has lost one of its most outstanding citizens. My condolences to Xanthi and Billy.

Julia Fagan Olivares

May 25, 2020

Our deepest condolences. Just read this in the Concord Monitor. We just lost our father on May 13, 2020. Wishes of love and light go out to you Bill and Xanthi and your families.
Julia Fagan Olivares

Davis Clark

May 22, 2020

We miss you every day. Wonderful memories of many years.
Dave and Sandy

Robert Lynn

May 22, 2020

I am very saddened to learn of the death of George Manias. George and I worked together at Cleveland, Waters & Bass, and also served together on the New Hampshire Superior Court. He was a wonderful lawyer, a truly outstanding judge, and a gentleman in every way. As recently as a year ago, I would see George from time to time when we were both at the Gaslighter Restaurant having lunch. He always had an interesting comment or two, and speaking with him invariably made my day. The bench and bar in New Hampshire is greatly diminished by his passing.
Bob Lynn, retired Chief Justice, New Hampshire Supreme Court

Sean O'Connor

May 22, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Judge Manias' passing. He was a brilliant, wonderful, yet humble gentleman. He always brightened my day when I would see him in the office and we would talk about his extended family. His spirit will live on in all of you.

Wendy Heine

May 21, 2020

Our deepest sympathies for the loss of you’re dear father, father-in-law and grandfather!
What a beautiful, kind, gentle, loving and yes, humble man he was.
He will always be Pappu to us as we were lucky enough to have seen so much of both him and Deedee when we lived across the street from you Xanthi.
What happy memories we have from when the kids were little.
May you all feel comfort and strength during this time and may you also continue to feel the blessings and joy from all the love he so generously gave.
Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. May he Rest In Peace.
Love Wendy, Olivia, Lucas & Maximilian

Rob Blakeney

May 21, 2020

I primarily really liked and appreciated him as a humble, caring "old school" kind of judge, but then I really got another level of connection when he moved to a house on Ridge Road with which I am intimately familiar as the place my mother grew up and my grandparents lived. I was always glad that the setting for countless of my fond childhood memories was in good hands with Judge Manias.

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