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Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home

31 Arch Street, Greenwich, CT

OBITUARY

Franklin B Manley, Sr

June 19, 1929October 5, 2017
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Franklin Brownell Manley, aged 88, passed away peacefully at Greenwich Hospital on Thursday, October 5, 2017 surrounded by his loving family, after complications associated with his Parkinson’s disease. Until recently, Frank and his devoted wife Barbara of 65 years, were long-time Greenwich, CT residents in Field Point Park where they resided for over 40 years. In the Spring of 2016, they downsized and moved to The Osborne in Rye, New York. Mr. Manley was born on June 19, 1929 in Genesee Depot, WI, named for the train depot of the Wisconsin and Calumet Railroad, now the Wisconsin and Southern Railroad, that formerly served the town. Frank was the youngest son born to Robert Russell and Abbie Louise (Brownell). Frank’s dear brother Robert R. Manley, Jr. and his wife Son predeceased him, as did Frank’s half-sister, Dorothy Pollard. Mr. Manley was a sympathetic, kind and generous man who never forgot his humble beginnings. Frank and Barbara Louise Connell were high school sweethearts and met taking piano lessons with Mrs. Chapman, who further nurtured Frank’s love of music. They both attended the University of Wisconsin, where Frank graduated with an Economics degree. Frank and Barbara were married on April 19, 1952 and recently celebrated 65 wonderful years together. Frank was a proud patriot and served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Frank and Barbara wrote hundreds of letters to each other during this time, which the family still retains, and which bears a wonderful love story. Additionally, for years Frank and Barbara would attend the large Memorial Day parade in Fairfield with Stuart and his family and Frank felt such pride to be there as a Veteran. After the war, Frank’s brother urged him to apply for a full scholarship from General Electric to attend the prestigious International Institute for Management Development (“IMD”) in Geneva, Switzerland (formerly the Graduate Centre D’etudes Industrielles) where he received an Executive M.B.A degree. Frank and Barbara loved to travel and their first child, Charles, was born in Geneva. Frank had a very successful and long career working as a Management Consultant eventually starting his own firm, Frank B. Manley & Company in Greenwich, CT. Prior, Frank also worked for the Aluminum Company of Canada (now Alcoa), Combustion Engineering, Renault Inc., Sibson & Company, Inc. and Alexander & Alexander. Frank was also an Assistant Professor at the University of Laval in Quebec and later went on to author and publish several articles on executive compensation. Frank was very active in the arts community and was very generous with both his time and resources including The University of Wisconsin Foundation, Chazen Museum of Art (University of Wisconsin), The Greg Smith Singers (New York), The Bruce Museum and The Greenwich Choral Society. Frank and Barbara were passionate supporters of the New York Philharmonic, The Opera, SUNY Purchase, and Yale Performing Arts. Frank loved a party and never turned down an invitation. If there wasn’t a party, Frank would be the first to volunteer to host one. Frank and Barbara loved to entertain in their ‘dream home’ with family and friends. Frank threw himself multiple birthday bashes and who could forget the annual holiday Sing-A-Long concerts with The Greg Smith Singers! Frank is survived by his devoted wife Barbara and their four sons: Charles and his wife Robin Blair (Riverdale, NY), Richard and his wife Cinnamon (Dallas, TX), Stuart and his wife Jane (Fairfield, CT), and Frank Jr. (Ridgefield, CT), in addition to seven beloved grandchildren: Morgan (NYC), Aiden and Emma (Charles); Nicholas and Rachel (Richard); and Kathryn and her husband Michael (Hopkinton, MA) and Ross (Stuart). Frank is also survived by several sisters-in-law and their families: Jean Bassindale, Kate Allured, and a brother-in-law Bill Connell as well as several adored nieces and nephews and their families. Frank loved the holidays, getting the whole family together and especially cherished annual Thanksgiving dinners at the Hopkin Inn at Waramaug Lake and Christmas with Stuart and his family. The family will celebrate his life on Monday, October 9 with calling hours from 3 - 7 p.m. at the Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, 31 Arch Street, Greenwich. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, October 10 at the First Congregational Church in Old Greenwich, CT at 11 a.m. A private interment for the family will take place at Putnam Cemetery on Parsonage Road, Greenwich. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that a donation be made to the University of Wisconsin Foundation in the name of Frank B. Manley, Sr. Donations can be mailed to: UW Foundation, Attention Gift Processing, 1848 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53726-4090. To leave online condolences please visit www.leopgallaghergreenwich.com.

Services

  • Calling Hours Monday, October 9, 2017
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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Shivaun Manley Hinman

October 30, 2017

My beloved Uncle Frank grew up on a farm in Wisconsin during the Great Depression. His work ethic developed there, in the small town of Genessee Depot. He was the son of very loving parents and when he met & married Aunt Barbara, their lives were devoted to music. Their mutual piano teacher encouraged their romance in subtle ways. My father, Frank's older brother, always said, "Marrying Barbara was the best thing Frank ever did." Uncle Frank had a life-long craving for learning and wrote two letters a day, every day, on heavy sheets of yellow legal paper. He wrote to friends and family and gave all he had to those in need; no one was more empathic. He enjoyed parties and people and bringing us all together for major holidays, as well as, simple Sunday brunches with quiche and coffee. He loved the Long Island Sound, life on the water and took time to enjoy every sunrise & sunset. He raised four great boys and CHERISHED his wife, my Aunt Barbara, beyond words. He really made a success of his life; he never stopped working. That motivation came from lessons learned on the farm. I will always love you, my "larger than life" uncle. Your smile is etched into my heart. Oh, my gosh, I miss you so much. There will never be another one like you, Uncle Frank. With admiration and fond remembrance, Your Loving Niece, Shivaun

libby nixon

October 20, 2017

Dear Barbara and Manley Family,
I just spoke to my father this morning who told me this sad news. He had just learned yesterday of Frank's passing Oct 5. I feel that Frank was always part of my life thanks to my parents' very, very long and very, very dear friendship with Frank and Barbara. My parents loved and admired him greatly and had many wonderful memories of time together. I had the pleasure of knowing what a smart, kind, jolly, generous person he was. He lived life to the fullest and will be greatly missed.
Sincere condolences and love to Barbara and the family,
Libby (Williams) Nixon

Sara Lewis

October 11, 2017

Aunt Barbara,

We are so sad to hear about Uncle Frank.

We will miss him ... and miss you, too.

All our love, Sara, Rob, Matthew and Lily

Paula Duncan

October 11, 2017

My condolences.

Skip Parker, GCS President

October 11, 2017

The Greenwich Choral Society grieves the loss of Frank Manley, who provided extraordinary support to the Arts, including sustaining patronage to our organization - an auditioned Master Chorus founded in 1924, dedicated to vocal excellence. We are deeply appreciative of Frank and Barbara's support and plan to pay tribute to his memory in the program brochure for our Holiday concert (12/2 and 12/3 at Christ Church).

October 11, 2017

Dearest Barbara:
My heart hurts for you and I am with you in spirit if not in person. I miss you and Frank more than I can say and am so saddened by your loss. Frank was so special, as are you.
With much love in sadness,
Carol Hillman (Brookline, MA)

George Poillon

October 10, 2017

Dear Barbara. I was saddened to read about Frank. He was a wonderful and giving person and will be missed by all of us. My deepest sympathy and prayers to you and the family . MOST SINCERELY George Poillon and family..

Carol Lewis

October 9, 2017

So sorry for your loss Barbara and family. Uncle Frank was a very special person.

Much love, Carol, Emma and Rebecca

Dodie Headington

October 9, 2017

Dear Barbara,
We remember Frank so well as the kindest of men, a most gracious host, and a generous music lover. We especially enjoyed your wonderful gift of The Gregg Smith Singers, first at your home, then at Belle Haven. It was a highlight of so many Christmases! Our thoughts are with you! Dodie and Dan Headington

Bill Schubart

October 9, 2017

I only met Frank a few times, as he was one of the closest friends of my wife's family (Katherine Wright and the Deanes). He immediately impressed me as a wonderfully empathetic person, a man of great wisdom and experience, yet curious about the lives and thoughts of others. I only wish I had known him better.

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