OBITUARY

Paul J. Manafort

June 10, 1923January 24, 2013

Paul J. Manafort, 89, native of New Britain, died Thursday, January 24, 2013. He was a graduate of local school. Paul has distinguished himself in business professional, civic, religious and political circles, in addition to serving in organizations which recognize his heritage as an Italian-American. Paul served with the Army combat engineers in Europe during World War II, then returned to New Britain to join with his brothers in the family business founded by his father, James Manafort. He served as secretary-treasurer of Manafort Bros. Inc. in the same role with Family Realty, and was also president of Schultz Salvage Inc. Early in his political life, he founded and was first president of the New Britain Young Republicans. His political career included a term as alderman, three terms as mayor, then deputy commissions, including bonding, standardization, New Users of Old Buildings, and secretary, Capitol Center Committee. In local politically appointed posts, served as member and chairman of the Board of Public works and Board of Fire Commissioners, and member of the Arch Street Task Force and Citizens’ Water Committee. He has been a delegate and alternate to the Republican National Conventions, as well as a director and past president of the Connecticut Conference of Mayors. He has been recognized for his many years in service to St. Ann Church as a trustee, director and member of its ways and Means Committee and Parish Council, as well as many years of service to the Italian Feast of St. Ann, for which he received a “Service Award” His civic and fraternal memberships include, Charter member and trustee, Sons of Italy Lodge 2165, incorporator, New Britain General Hospital, Boys’ and Girls’ Club of New Britain, New Britain YMCA and Resurrection House; charter member and director; Greater New Britain Opera Assn. and City Club of New Britain, director, Public Athletic League, One Hundred Club of Connecticut; honorary president; General Ameglio Society, charter member, New Britain Jaycees; honorary member, Civil Air Patrol; member, American Public Works Assoc., Elks, Eagles, Moose, NAACP, VFW Post 511; Lions, Order of Alhambra; Good Shepherds Guild, Knights of Columbus, Armenian American Veterans of Connecticut Inc., Italian Fraternal Society, Americans if Italian Descent, and Bernardino-Badolato Post, Italian-American war Veterans, of which he has served as post commander, state adjutant, senior vice commander, chaplain and judge advocate. His lengthy list of honor and award include the New Britain Lodge of Elks “Citizen of the Year” award; a Chamber of Commerce “Recognition Award”, Columbian Federation Achievement Award for his many years of leadership in the Columbus Day Parade; VFW of the United States “Medal of Commendation”, as well as recognition from the New Britain Bars Association , Puerto Rican Society of New Britain, Polish Falcons of America, Civil Air Patrol, Central Connecticut Assoc. for retarded Children Community Chest and Jaycees. His honors culminated in the designation of “Paul J. Manafort Drive” at Central Connecticut University in June 1994. Paul was predeceased by his beloved wife, Antoinette Marie (Cifalu) Manafort and his son, Robert Vincent Manafort. He is survived by two sons, Paul John Manafort Jr. and his wife, Kathleen of Alexandria, Virginia; and Dennis Salvatore Manafort of Plainville; He leaves his beloved grandchildren, Starr; Jessica; Zachary and Andria Manafort and many nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 9:00 AM at St. Ann Church. Burial with military honors will be at St. Mary Cemetery, New Britain. Calling hours will be today, Friday, January 25th 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the New Britain Memorial-Donald D. Sagarino Funeral Home, 444 Farmington Ave. New Britain. Memorial donations may be made to the: Boys and Girls Club, 150 Washington St., New Britain, CT 06051. For directions or to share a memory with the family, please visit www.newbritainsagarino.com.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, January 25, 2013
  • Funeral Liturgy Saturday, January 26, 2013
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Paul J. Manafort

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Ann VanBrocklin

February 13, 2013

Our prayers are with you all..xxoo
The VanBrocklin Family

Barbara Nelms

February 1, 2013

My deepest sympathy to Mr Manafort's family and closest friends. They had a great father and friend in Paul and I know he appreciated the fact that they provided the finest of care for him in his later years. It was a privilege to have played a small role in that endeavor and I thank his family for having afforded me that opportunity.

JOHN VASELLINA

January 30, 2013

MY SINCERE SYMPATHY TO ALL THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF PAUL .WE SPENT MANY YEARS TOGETHER, IN OUR YOUNGER DAYS MY FATHER WAS HIS GODFATHER AT BAPTISM.OUR FAMILIES VISITED EACH OTHER OFTEN.I WAS ALSO HIS NEIGHBOR IN THE PROPERTY ON MYRTIL ST.I WAS ALSO GOOD PALS WITH JOHM AND EMILY.HE WILL LIVE IN MY MEMORIES. JOHNNY VASELLINA.

Starr Manafort

January 30, 2013

Starr Manafort

January 30, 2013

Paul Manafort was the most amazing grandfather! I will always remember him to be kind, loving and funny! He told the best stories that I will never forget. He kept me connected to my father through his stories and I can never forget that. I will love him for his spirit and his tenacity for life! Gone but never forgotten

John &Liz Brighenti

January 30, 2013

Very sorry to hear about your father's passing.Your mother's sister Jenny married my mother's brother Peter Battistone.Your dad was a very good family man & helped many people. We always enjoyed his company.I also remember seeing him with your mom at St.Ann's church.Again,our deepest sympathy to Paul,Jr.&Dennis&other family members.

January 30, 2013

PJ & Dennis:

I was sorry to learn of your Dad's passing. He gave me my first job when I was 16 & I will always remember him fondly. He was a true American patriot & a genuine advocate for ordinary, working-class people. He will be missed by all who knew him. Eternal peace to your Dad, Mom & Bobby!

Your cousin,

Dom DeNigris

Charels & gayle Bassett

January 29, 2013

sorry about the loss of your dad PJ and Dennis

January 28, 2013

Paul J Manafort, Sr. was a fine man, and he will be truly missed by all that knew him. Our heart felt condolences to Paul Jr and Dennis Manafort and their respective families. The Wallersteins

Dale Facey LaPre

January 28, 2013

Paul you will be missed dearly. You gave of yourself to the city of New Britain, your family and freind. yon made all feel welcombed. My sympathy to all your family. You are my aunt alma brother and i know she loved you. RIP.