OBITUARY

Gerard "Jerry" L Mannix

March 6, 1941July 21, 2018

Gerard Lawrence Mannix passed peacefully on July 21, 2018. He was born in New York on March 6, 1941, just minutes before his twin brother Joseph Mannix. They have 4 siblings John Mannix, Marilynne Cerullo, Elaine Habib, and Francy Pitera. He was a Marine (E-5 Sergeant), serving in President Kennedy's Honor Guard. Together, he and his wife Joan Motteler Mannix, are very proud of their 5 children Debby Ewh Stein (Chip), Jerry Mannix Jr. (Celeste), Priscilla Gaffney (John), Patricia Mannix-Shucoski (Michael) and Paul Ewh (Debbie). They have 10 grandchildren and were blessed to have their first great grandchild born on his and Joan's 40th wedding anniversary February 11, 2018. The majority of his work-life was spent in retail. His most recent job was the one he took after he retired. Working for Delaware North at Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, FL was a dream come true. He had so many wonderful experiences and was known to everyone as Mr. Jerry. In December 2016, he was honored with the title Super-Nova of the Month. This award was accompanied by an impressive envelope of letters, notes and lists of the people who nominated him which are all compiled in a memory book. He never met a stranger. He encouraged us to follow our dreams and was able to give the guidance we needed to achieve them. He didn't understand the concept of "It can't be done."

In lieu of flowers, donations to The Humane Society, The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, or the Wounded Warriors Project would be appreciated.

GERARD L. MANNIX (JERRY) MEMORIAL SERVICE

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Tuesday August 28 VISITATION 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm

Wylie Baxley Funeral Home 321 452-6565

1360 N. Courtenay, Merritt Island, FL 32953

Website: WylieBaxleyMerrittIsland.com

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Wednesday August 29 FUNERAL at 12 noon

CHURCH SERVICE with RECEPTION immediately following

Grace United Methodist 321-452-2420

65 Needle Blvd, Merritt Island, FL 32953

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  • FAMILY

  • Joan Motteler Mannix, Wife
  • Debby Ewh Stein, Daughter
  • Chip Stein, Son-in-law
  • Jerry Mannix Jr, Son
  • Celeste Mannix, Daughter-in-law
  • Priscilla Gaffney, Daughter
  • John Gaffney, Son-in-law
  • Patricia Mannix-Shucoski, Daughter
  • Michael Shucoski, Son-in-law
  • Paul Ewh, Son
  • Debbie Ewh, Daughter-in-law
  • Joseph Mannix, Brother
  • John Mannix, Brother
  • Marilynne Cerullo, Sister
  • Elaine Habib, Sister
  • Francy Pitera, Sister
  • Jerry also leaves 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild to miss him.
  • DONATIONS

  • The Humane Society
  • The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation
  • Wounded Warriors Project

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, August 28, 2018
  • Visitation Tuesday, August 28, 2018
  • Visitation Tuesday, August 28, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 29, 2018
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, August 29, 2018
REMEMBERING

Gerard "Jerry" L Mannix

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Pam Kieffer

September 1, 2018

Jerry was always full of energy and willing to fix anything in his path! He was fun and kind to all ages, sharing stories or funny events. I enjoyed visiting/babysitting when the kids were young and finding the latest project he completed or was working on! Rest in Peace and our condolences to the family. The Kieffers

Linda Motteler

August 29, 2018

Jerry was a wonderful brother-in-law. I always loved to visit, partly because Jerry would plan a special day, whether at the Kennedy Space Center or a visit to St. Augustine. I was always amazed at Jerry's energy, enthusiasm and ability to do so many things. He could paint his house, inside and out, all by himself and it was perfect.

I admired and respected the fact that when Jerry realized he could not sit around the house after he retired, he found a second career and gave it 100% plus for as long as he possibly could. Jerry faced every challenge bravely and creatively.

Jerry was special and I will miss him.

Kim Spadaro

August 29, 2018

I remember the first day I met Uncle Jerry. I was just a little girl. I liked him and his family immediately, and I knew he would be good for Aunt Joan, Debby and Paul. And he was, always. My parents loved him so much also. They always looked forward to spending special times with Joan and Jerry, always going to the Olive Garden (their special place). After my Mom passed and my Dad got older, my Dad missed those times immensely. I know that they are all together now with our other loved ones sitting on the porch of a Baker Camp cabin having a big cocktail party with lots of Italian food. I know Grandma is fashioning her party dress, Aunt Rose is drinking a manhattan with at least 10 cherries in it, Mom and Dad are dancing, and they are welcoming Uncle Jerry to the party. Although we will miss you terribly, we look forward to the day when we can see you again. All my love, Kim .

Edie Willoughby

August 28, 2018

Through social activities in the Central Brevard Newcomers' Club that were attended by Jerry and Joan, I got to know a little about Jerry. Everything I ever heard about him was always positive. And through my observations, Jerry was always a true gentleman who loved his family.

Gerard (Gerry) Lawrence

August 27, 2018

I have fond memories of Jerry as my first cousin and brother-in-law. I remember him as a person of integrity and honor, hard worker, good Catholic (we went on a three-day spiritual retreat together), a kind character, good father, and a gentleman. My heart goes out to Jerry's family and I empathize with his siblings for the loss of their brother.
My condolences,
Gerard (Gerry) Lawrence
Solana Beach, CA

Robin Kruse Gorichky

August 11, 2018

All my sympathy to Joan and family in the loss of Jerry. Being a good friend to Joan I remember many things about them particularly that Joan would never schedule anything on Wednesdays as that was her date night with Jerry! Such love & loyalty!

David Hitt

August 8, 2018

Worked with Jerry at Kennedy Space Center. Mostly on the Shuttle Launch Experience simulator. He really enjoyed interacting with the guests and always had a cheerful smile. I am retired Royal Navy and we used to enjoy joking with each other about our military experiences. All his co-workers will miss him and I am thankful to have spent many enjoyable days in his company. My thoughts go out to all his family at this sad time

Barbara & Ernest Voegtlin

August 5, 2018

Jerry was a great husband, father, and good friend. We are blessed that we knew him.
Joan and family, we are thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers. We know that Jerry is with God now and is at peace.

Ernie & Barbara

Kyle Andrews

August 5, 2018

I didn't know Jerry well, but kept up with his shenanigans through Joan. She would talk of his love of work, his get-up-and-go and his love of people. I loved her talking about their date nights. Every Wednesday for 40 years it was just the 2 of them on a date. It didn't have to be anything special as to what they did or where they went but it was very special that they spent this quality time together When he was unable to get out anymore, they sat around the kitchen table and talked for hours How nice they could do this after 40 years of marriage!

Joan, you are just as strong as Jerry was You never left his side and tended to his every need with a smile and a tender word. I just know it because that is you. A ton of us look forward to you returning to bridge, when you can - I'll give you some refresher hands! - and to girl lunches. Jerry is in peace now and I wish the same peace for you, Joan. Love to you and Debby and the family

Beth Terranova

August 2, 2018

When Jerry took over as Store Manager at the Melbourne Computer City it took us a little while to get used to each other's ... styles. Now I only remember him as being a great boss who put his trust in me and championed me for the all the time I worked at his store, then cheered me on when it came time for me to move on to another career field.
To Jerry - my "store dad" - I wish you eternal peace.