Calvin J Manship

October 17, 1932September 30, 2020

Calvin “Cal” James Manship, 87, of East Hartford, loving husband of 58 years to Theresa (Marquis) Manship, peacefully entered into eternal life on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at St. Francis Hospital & Medical Center in Hartford. Born in Calais, Maine on October 17, 1932, a son of the late James H. and Emily B. (Gildart) Manship, he had been a resident of East Hartford for the past 58 years. Cal was a graduate of Bulkely High School in Hartford, class of 1950 where he was a gymnast and talented javelin thrower on the track team. After high school, he enrolled in the Army and was a proud U.S. veteran during the Korea War. He was awarded the Bronze Service Star for his actions on the battlefield. Prior to his retirement, Cal was employed as a Tool & Die Maker by Jacobs Manufacturing in Bloomfield for twelve years and Whitney Chain Manufacturing in Hartford for over twenty-three years. Cal came from humble and difficult circumstances and was a survivor of polio. He was a devout Catholic with strong faith and devotion to his family, qualities he instilled in his children. He so enjoyed family gatherings and seeing his many nieces and nephews. He was a longtime faithful communicant of St. Christopher Church, East Hartford. Known as the “great fixer” Cal was a hard worker who could fix anything around his home and his family homes. He was a skilled tool and die maker as well as a talented woodworker known for his whittling, enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, scuba diving, working in his garden, and was an avid walker. He was also a former Boy Scout Leader of Troop 61 of East Hartford and was on the board of review for Eagle Scout recipients. Most of all, Cal was a devoted and dedicated husband, father, brother, and uncle who cherished his time with family members. Along with his beloved wife, Theresa, Cal is survived by his son, Rev. James Calvin Manship of St. Rose of Lima Church in Meriden; a daughter, Maryellen Manship Hastings and her husband, Jon, of Avon; and a sister, Mary Ellen Smith and her husband, Stuart, of East Granby. He also leaves a brother-in-law, Joel Marquis of Madawaska, ME; three sisters-in-law, Sylvia Paradis of Southington, Rolland Ouellette of Frenchville, ME, Patricia Tully and her husband, Fran, of Southington; many nieces, nephews, and dear friends. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, John Manship of Norfolk, Robert Manship of Canterbury; and a sister, Ethel Weed of New Britain. Funeral service will be Wednesday (October 7, 2020) with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated by his son, Fr. Jim, at 10:30 am at St. Christopher Church of St. Edmond Campion Parish, 538 Brewer Street, East Hartford. Burial with military honors will follow at Mount Saint Benedict Cemetery, (Section #15), Bloomfield. Cal’s family will receive relatives and friends on Tuesday (October 6, 2020) from 4 -6 pm at the D’ESOPO-East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter Street, East Hartford. Everyone is asked to please go directly to the church on Wednesday morning and please wear a proper face covering and adhere to all state regulations. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Calvin’s name may be made to St. Edmond Campion Parish, 538 Brewer Street, East Hartford, CT 06118. For on-line expressions of sympathy to the family please visit


  • St. Edmond Campion Parish


  • Public Visitation

    Tuesday, October 6, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Wednesday, October 7, 2020

  • Burial with military honors

    Wednesday, October 7, 2020


Calvin J Manship

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Eric Judd

October 8, 2020

Terry and family , we were so sorry to hear of Cal's passing. Time and space wouldn't allow me to tell of the many happy times I spent with Cal. He not only was my Godfather but he was my friend. He was a fixture in our home on Crescent Dr , helping my dad with projects, sharing stories and a few laughs. I am so sorry we weren't able to be with you but please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Eric and Dorry Judd

mary ellen greenfield

October 7, 2020

My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this time.
Warm Regards
Mary Ellen

Sr. Jerilyn Hunihan, ASCJ

October 6, 2020

Mrs. Manship, Father Jim, Mary Ellen and family, my sincere sympathy and love to you today and in the days ahead. Thank you for your example of a loving family and your love for our Good God. In gratitude and promise of prayer,
Sister Jerilyn Hunihan, ASCJ


October 5, 2020

Dear Aunt Terry, Maryellen and Fr. Jim -
Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you -

I too have fond childhood memories of Uncle Cal - working in his shop, tending to his beautiful garden or Summer visits down at Latimer Point when the family would all get together.

Uncle Cal reminded me very much of my dad (John) and after my dads passing it always gave me such comfort to see him.

I was also taught the famous "thumb" trick which I passed on to my children - isn't it funny how the simplest of things are the things that remain with you forever.

Sending our love and as my mom Gloria would say .......
Special Watch Always!

Susan xxoo

Sharon Deno

October 4, 2020

Fr. Jim, It is with deep sadness that I learned of your Dad's passing. Who will look after your beets???? It is never easy to lose a parent. For whatever reason, we children think they will always be here. You know, I am sure, that he is with our Lord and watching over everyone. May the memories you have, the legacy your Dad leaves with you, bring you comfort. And may our dear Lord wrap you and your family in his arms until your smiles return at the thought of Him!

Much love and know you are in my prayers. I have a candle lit and will remain lit for 30 days in his honor. God Bless, Sharon & Jerry Deno

Nancy Dionne Michaud

October 3, 2020

Uncle Cal was a sweet and gentle man, I will always remember his thumb trick that he showed me when I was very young, I still remember it to this day and have shown this to my grandkids.
May he RIP and watch over Matante and his family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all, Love, Nancy Dionne Michaud

Carol & Jack Kizilski

October 2, 2020

Dear Terry, Fr. Jim and Maryellen, words cannot express the sorrow of loosing a loved one. We will all miss Cal and his wonderful sense of humor. He could always bring a smile to my face. We send our love and condolences and hope that all the wonderful memories will bring a smile to your faces and that God will bring peace to your hearts. Wish we could be there to hug you all in person, but know our thoughts and prayers will be with you all.
Love, Carol & Jack

Janet Boutin

October 2, 2020

Uncle Cal was a big part of my childhood. He was at our home very often either building things in the house for my parents (Ethel & Jerry), making stilts for us & the neighborhood children, & just being part of our family. Vacations at the beach were fun, watching him snorkel, spearfish & finding a unusual shell or starfish for me. He loved adventure & took up archery, and also worked to outfit an old truck in the 60’s to be used as a beach buggy for camping. God Bless you Uncle Cal. Love, Janet (Jan ‘Ole Man)


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