Swan Funeral Home


Benny Manocchia

May 10, 1934May 4, 2021

Benny Manocchia was born on May 10, 1934 and passed away on May 4, 2021 and is under the care of Swan Funeral Home.

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Benny Manocchia

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Sondra Dellaripa

May 19, 2021

I'm one of Benny's duaghters. Thank you for listing this and thank you for the responses and memories.
While we are hosting no services or funeral, as Papa will be flown back to his family's mausoleum in Giulianova Italy, we do want to take a moment to honor Papa here and to thank everyone who cared for him, and loved him, in his lifetime here. We've created a short vignette on Papa here, hosted on YouTube.

Papa was a voracious writer, a savant of the English language, not his native tongue though he spoke seven languages. Papa was funny, charming, eruttivo, and filled with unrequited love.
Words cannot portray what is felt. Thank you to Emata, Katherine, Pam, Linda, and others at Apple Rehab for being his north star, his friends, his caretakers, and more. Thank you also to VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice in Guilford C: to Molly, and Amanda, and Chuck, and Jennifer, and Sue, and Joel. These people are angels. Thank you to Rodney at Swan Funeral Home, for understanding whom Papa was without even knowing him. Thank you also to Walter De Berardinis, Publisher in Giulianova Italy, for archiving Papa's special photos- he lost so many through the years. Finally and mostly to my cousin, Giampiero Manocchia for the love and support through this all, across the big pond. Baci, Baci.

Papa loved Hemingway. He loved Opera. He loved musicals. He loved Italy. He loved good food, good conversation, good travels. He loved his memories and his people.
I'm unworthy of putting into visual the fantastic life he had, but here is my tribute to a man who lived like his hero, Ernest Hemingway- passionate, emotive, and raw.

Kathleen Halvorsen

May 15, 2021

I’m one of the cooks at apple rehab old Saybrook and very much enjoyed cooking for Benny ❣️He was very passionate about food and when I prepared something he really loved he would tell me how one day when he wins the lottery he would buy a restaurant and I would be the chef but I would always respond with no Benny when that happens we will just go eat wonderful food and drink the best wines ❣️and we would have a nice laugh I will miss him🌸

Emeka Igboanugo

May 6, 2021

So sorry for your loss. I took care of your father at Apple Rehabilitation in Old Saybrook. We have times of disagreement but he was an extra nice person. We talked about politics, war, soccer, and many topics. Please accept my condolence and may his soul rest in peace.
Emeka, BSN, RN
Apple Rehabilitation Old Saybrook