Manuel Manny "Manny" Amor Jr.

March 12, 1928November 22, 2011

Manuel "Manny" Amor Jr., age 83, passed away peacefully Tuesday, November 22nd at Community Medical Centers Van Dyke Hospice Unit, in Toms River. Born in Brooklyn, NY; and educated in FL; Mr. Amor lived in Lakewood for most of his life. He worked as a Physical Education Teacher for Freehold Twp. Board of Education for 26 years retiring in 1992. He also coached the Cross Country Team, and guided them to a 1973 state title. He was best known for being a Square Dance Caller, and was a charter member of The Callers’ Council of NJ. He started calling in 1953 and called for many clubs on the entire east coast, primarily the Star Thru Squares of Lakewood, Do-Si-Dos of Freehold, and the Staten Square Set of Staten Island. He was the author of numerous square dance calls, and received numerous National and International awards. He was also an avid cartoonist, and enjoyed writing and recording folk music. Pre-deceased by his Father Manuel Sr, and his mother Cristina Pages Amor, he is survived by his two daughters Toyanna L. Miller and her husband Stephen of PA, Nisa K. Stein and her husband Richard of VA, his son Delton D. Amor of NJ, his three brothers James and his wife Louisa of NY, Edward of FL, Richard and his wife Sharon of GA, his sister Carol Collard and her husband Richard of FL, his former wife Jaquelyn Amor of NJ, his five grandchildren Charles, Brandon, Shaun, Shire, Gregory, his aunt Aurora Steig of Boston, MA, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Friday November 25th from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm at the D’Elia Funeral Home Rt. 70 & Vermont Ave; Lakewood, NJ 08701. Church service will be held Saturday November 26th at 11am at the 1st Presbyterian Church, 313 Clifton Ave, Lakewood, NJ 08701. In Lieu of flowers donations may be made in Manuel’s’ name to the American Cancer Society.

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Arrangements under the direction of D'Elia Funeral Home, Lakewood, NJ.


  • Visitation Friday, November 25, 2011
  • Visitation Friday, November 25, 2011
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 26, 2011

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Greg Mueller

August 14, 2012

I spent four years with Manny on the FTHS Cross Country Team (1976-80). He was a great coach and a really nice man. I enjoyed those four seasons very much. I am sorry to learn of his passing.

February 9, 2012

I have great memories of "Juny" Amor, my Delta Chi Fraternity brother, Jackie, Toy, and Nisa at the University of Florida in Gainesville, fL in the '50s. God bless, Tom Brady,Micanopy,FL

November 29, 2011

To My Dear Brother, You were the source of so many of my happiest memories growing up. I treasure all of my many summers with you and Jackie and Toy, Nisa and Delton. I will love and miss you for the rest of my life. Your loving sister, Carol

Liam Schubel D.C.

November 28, 2011

Coach Manny Amor was a bright spot in my youth. He left an impact on so many and his contributions live on in all of us who knew him. My sincerest condolences to the family. Dr. Liam P. Schubel - Freehold

Jimmy Callanan

November 27, 2011

My condolences to the family. Del, I'm very sorry for your loss, I'll always remember being the "paperboy" many years ago.

Doug and Jennifer Weimer

November 27, 2011

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

November 26, 2011

Some of my happiest memories of high school phys ed class are connected to Mr. Amor's talents as a square dance caller. He will be remembered fondly by the thousands of students whose lives he touched because of his cheerful, fun-loving spirit and quick smile. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.
God Bless You, Mr. Amor, for sharing your love of dancing, music, and life!
A former student, FTHS Class of 1976

November 26, 2011

Ring-a-ding-ding Manny is resting in peace home-home-home. He will be missed by many square dancers. He was an amazing person on and off the dance floor. So very glad to have the memories of an amazing person with a generous heart.
Blessings, Joanne Murphy

Lonnie Barnett

November 26, 2011

I was saddened to learn of Coach Amor's passing. I will always remember our training, and the Manny Manny miles we ran as a team under Coach Amor's guidance.

I've thought of coach often this fall, as I started training and running Manny miles again. Thanks coach for your guidance back then, and for the inspiration today.

Lonnie Barnett, FTHS Class of 1985

November 25, 2011

To Manny's Family-
George & I consider ourselves blessed to have known Manny for many yrs. as both a great guy and our square dance caller. He made everyone around him feel special. The world has lost one fabulous person and Heaven has gained one heck of an Angel!! I'm sure he'll have the Angels 'square 'em up! in no time. Our hearts go out to all of you. Sent with respect, Karen & George Munn
Brick, N.J.