John R. Manion

May 26, 1960April 11, 2021

John R. (JR) Manion, 60 of East Hartford passed away April 11th, 2021 at Hartford Hospital with his family by his side.

JR was employed by the Town of East Hartford as a mechanic for 36 years before retiring in 2016.

He leaves behind his wife Penny (Corbett), his daughters, Lindsay of Stafford Springs and her partner Nate Owen, and Meghan of East Hartford, and her son Maximus who was the light of his life. He also leaves his mother Wilma O'Connell of East Hartford and his sister Kathleen Manion also of East Hartford. He was predeceased by his father William Manion. JR leaves behind many family and friends, especially Kevin Foran and his family.

Calling hours are Thursday, April 15th from 4-7pm at Newkirk and Whitney Funeral Home 318 Burnside Avenue East Hartford. A Funeral Service will be held at Newkirk and Whitney on Friday, April 16th at 10am, followed by burial at St. Mary's Cemetery in East Hartford.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association. Please visit to leave an online tribute or condolence.


  • Calling Hours

    Thursday, April 15, 2021

  • Funeral Home Service

    Friday, April 16, 2021


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Craig Jordan

April 16, 2021

To Wilma and the entire family, I would like to extend my thoughts and prayers to all with the passing of JR. So many memories and wonderful times in East Hartford and such a strong family commitment are what comes to mind when I think of JR. May peace be with you. Craig Jordan

Bob McDonald

April 15, 2021

My condolences to JR's family. I am sad to hear of his passing. A great description of JR is larger than life. We have had so many memorable times together back in the good old days. With his deep voice you always new where JR was in the room. He was a great person honest and hardworking. I could write a book about the 24 hour calls that we would go on with JR. He will be surely missed.
Rest In Peace old friend.

Frank Cipolla

April 15, 2021

My sincere condolences go out to all of JR’s family and friends. I had the privilege to be friends and work with “The Big Irishmen “ for many years! As many have said he was truly larger than life, and it always brings a smile to my face when I think of all the pranks and jokes we played on each other over the years. I will miss you my friend but never forget ya!!

Kathy McNamara

April 14, 2021

I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to Jr’s family. JR was a larger than life man-a great worker, a wonderful conversationalist and a wonderful family man.
Wilma and Kathleen, I am so sorry for your loss.
JR’s spouse and children, JR was a wonderful loving person . May you find comfort in your memories and the support of all his many friends.

Mark Losty

April 14, 2021

My Condolences to the Manion Family . I am Happy and Honored I was able to work with JR for 30 years . A hard working dedicated Man . We had many wonderful times at work and outside as well.You will be sorely missed by all. Rest In Peace. JR

Terry Hickey

April 14, 2021

I am very sad to hear of J.R.'s passing! John was always a hard worker and great to converse with.He will be terribly missed.My condolences to the family, especially Wilma.Terry Hickey

David Flanagan

April 14, 2021

Wilma and family My thoughts and prayers. J.R. , a great guy who I always enjoyed conversing with, sharing stories. My heartfelt sympathy.

Rick Morrison

April 13, 2021

My condolences to you Penny, Lindsay, Meghan, and Wilma, for your loss. J.R. was a good friend of mine for over 40 years, co worker for 35 years, and we were each others best man. J.R was as honest and sincere a person, as I have ever met. We had a lot of incredible times together, J.R's larger than life personality, will be missed by all, I am sorry I can't make the services, as I will be out of state.

David Okeefe

April 13, 2021

Sorry to hear of J.R 's passing. I worked with him at the town for 13 years.