OBITUARY

William F. Manning

July 13, 1934April 17, 2018

WILLIAM FRANCIS MANNING

William Francis Manning, 83, of Hannawa Falls, NY passed away peacefully at his home on April 17, 2018 while under the care of his family and Hospice and Palliative Care of the St. Lawrence Valley. Bill was born on July 13, 1934 in Louisville, New York, the son of the late F. Robert and the late Vina (Dishaw) Manning. He graduated from Massena High School in 1953, where he was an All-Northern and All-State athlete in football, hockey and baseball. He was inducted into the Massena High School Hall of Fame. He married his treasured wife, Rita Jane Norton at St. Mary’s Church, Potsdam, NY on August 20, 1955. He served in the United States Army at Fort Benning, Georgia, from 1957 to 1959. In 1960, Bill and Rita moved to Potsdam, where they built, founded and operated The Norton Motel on Route 56 for 26 years. They moved to Hannawa Falls in 1985. He work from Niagara Mohawk (National Grid) for 40 years, as a lineman, a foreman, a right-of-way agent and, at the time of his retirement, supervisor of transmission and distribution. Throughout his life he was a devout Catholic and active member of St. Mary’s Church, serving on many committees and in many leadership roles for the church and the school. He was a highly respected coach for Potsdam Youth Hockey for many years. He loved to hunt and to golf. But more than anything, he loved, worked tirelessly for and cared for his family. He is survived by his wife, Rita of Hannawa Falls, his daughter, Kathryn Lewis and her husband Craig of College Station, Texas, his son Mark Manning and his wife Mary-Jeanne of Dedham, Massachusetts, four grandchildren, Jordan Lewis, Meredith Lewis Zgabay and her husband Todd, John Manning and Olivia Manning, three great grandchildren, Clayton, Colton and Katelynn Zgabay, a brother, Gerald (Jerry) Manning and his wife Jan of Winthrop, New York, and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, his sister Elizabeth (Betty) Revai, his brother Robert (Bobby) Manning, his nephews Jonathan Revai and Derek Manning, and his niece Mary Revai McKarge. Calling hours will be Sunday, April 22 from 4-7 p.m. at the Garner Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, April 23 at St. Mary's Church at 11 a.m., with Father Stephen Rocker officiating. Burial will take place in the spring at St. Mary's Cemetery. Condolences, thoughts and memories can be shared @garnerfh.com.

  • DONATIONS

  • St. Mary' Church
  • Hospice and Palliative Care of the St. Lawrence Valley
  • Flower Orders- Willow Tree Florist and Landscaping

Services

  • Funeral Mass Monday, April 23, 2018
  • Visitaton Sunday, April 22, 2018
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David Demo

April 23, 2018

Sorry for your loss to the family of Bill manning will always remember that Bill and Rita gave me my first job he was a hard worker and a great man to work for I only wish that today society would teach the young how hard work can help shape individuals for the years to come the way they did . To this day I still hate to rake the lawn but when it's done it's nice to look at it and say boy that looks good! That motel lawn sure did look big at 13.

Jerry Layo

April 22, 2018

Rita ~ We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Bill. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Jerry & Gerri

Jerry & Gerri Layo

April 22, 2018

Rita ~ We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Bill! Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time........Jerry & Gerri

Rebecca Marlowe

April 22, 2018

Dear Rita,
So sorry to hear about Bill. He was a good person. I am unable to attend wake or funeral. Please accept my prayers and condolences. You will be in my mind and in my prayers. God bless you and your family.
With love and prayers
Your cousin. Rebecca Pat Marlowe

Bill Starring

April 21, 2018

Kathy and Rita,

Cindy and I want to extend our sincere condolences to both of you and your families on the recent loss of Bill.
Over the past several years I’ve really enjoyed all the stories and good laughter with him. Craig, Bill and I have watched a lot of bowl games together.
You all have been very blessed to have such a great man in your lives.

Sincerely, Bill and Cindy

Gordon and Phyllis Shimmel

April 21, 2018

All of you are in our thoughts during this difficult time. Gordon has many memories of working with Bill at Niagara Mohawk.

Fran Norton Falconer

April 21, 2018

Judy, Bob, Joan and Fran, cousins from Ottawa, are so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. We so enjoyed our chats with him at our Norton family reunions. Our prayers and sympathy are with Rita, Jim and Lola and the whole family.

Martha Slack

April 20, 2018

So sorry to hear about Bill, He was a gentleman first and foremost, I enjoyed talking to him when I would see him at the Massena Football games, we would talk about his days as a Red Raider, playing football for my Dad. My Dad had a lot of respect for Bill as an athlete and gentleman. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Jim & Pat Lewis

April 20, 2018

WE WERE PRIVELEGED TO HAVE KNOWN BILL FOR ALL THESE YEARS AND BE PART OF OUR FAMILY HE WAS A VERY KIND LOVING MAN WITH A STRONG CHRISTIAN FAITH THAT HE EXEMPLIFIED EACH DAY JIM AND I HAVE MANY FOND MEMORIES OF HIM AT FAMILY GATHERINGS JIM AND BILL HAD MANY OF THE SAME INTERESTS AND WILL MISS VISITING WITH HIM

Edward Rossi

April 20, 2018

Sorry to hear of the passing of Bill. Keri and I always enjoyed our visits with him and Rita when they came to Texas. Keri will miss baking Bill his favorite cookies, snickerdoodles. Will keep Bill, Rita and all of their family in our thoughts and prayers. May perpetual light shine upon him.
Eddie & Keri Rossi, College Station, TX.