L. Manuel Hirshblond

September 8, 1927October 18, 2020

L. Manuel “Manny” Hirshblond, 93, long-time resident of Toms River, passed away peacefully on October 18, 2020, at Harrogate in Lakewood, surrounded by his loving family. He was born to the late Isadore and Mary Hirshblond in Lakewood, was a 1944 graduate of Toms River High School and received his college degree from Rider College. Manny proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He loved the outdoors, especially golf and clamming, and was a true Bayman. In 1962, Manny became the First Deputy Clerk of Dover Township; Clerk in 1967, and became Clerk-Administrator in 1970 where he served until his retirement in 1989. While serving as Administrator, he helped the town through many years of growth including the Law Enforcement Center, Winding River Park, Bey Lea Golf Course, Toms River Post Office, the Brown Property, and Green Acres. Manny served in various Civic Organizations including Harmony Lodge #18, F & AM of Toms River, Ocean County Historical Society in Toms River and was a Charter Member of Toms River Rotary Club since 1951. He was a former Fire Chief and life member of Toms River Fire Company No. 1 for 66 years. He was a faithful member and served on the Board of Trustees of the First United Methodist Church of Toms River. The most important part of Manny’s life was his wife and family. They were the center of his life and he enjoyed the time he spent with them. He was fun loving and enjoyed having a good time. Manny’s many friends join his family in celebrating a life well lived. Manny was predeceased by his infant son Kenneth and his brother Edgar. Surviving are his beloved wife Janet of 67 years, his sons Steve and Tom, his grandson David and wife Colette, and his great-granddaughter Olina. A Celebration of Life Gathering to honor Manny will be held on Friday, October 23, 2020 at 1 PM at the Toms River Fire Company No. 1 Substation on Cardinal Drive in Toms River. The Funeral Service and Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Manny’s name to the First United Methodist Church of Toms River Memorial Fund, 129 Chestnut Street, Toms River, NJ 08753. To leave online tributes please visit




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Bernadette Dubuss

October 23, 2020

Manny gave all the Municipal Clerks in New Jersey a very high standard of performance and integrity to follow in the performance of their jobs. He always found the time to be of assistance to anyone who needed his guidance and just good, common sense approach to issues. You will be missed by all who had the good fortune to call you friend. Rest in peace, until you are united once again with Janet, the love of your life.

Lin Lloyd

October 23, 2020

Thoughts and prayers are offered to the family. We remember his many years of service and specifically his work with the Toms River Schools Hall of Fame. Rest In Peace.

Gale Groesch

October 23, 2020

He will live on in the hearts of the people who love Dover Township and its history.
Manny was one a of kind and I enjoyed every opportunity to talk with him when I was at the OCHS. My deepest
sympathy to his beautiful family. Sincerely Gale Groesch

Ron & Nancy Ehrlich

October 23, 2020

Dear Janet & Family. You have our sincere thoughts. We will always remember our happy times together. Ron & Nancy

Bob Morris

October 22, 2020

Rest In Peace. It was an honor to know Manny as a friend, mentor, and hero. A long life well-lived of service to his community, church, family, and our Municipal Clerk’s Associations. He was an example to all of us who were privileged to know him. His legacy lives on through all he touched and we will not see his kind again.

Melissa Ziobro

October 22, 2020

It was truly an honor to get to know Manny a bit through the Ocean County Historical Society. He had so many amazing stories to share, and was generous with his time, always willing support new projects. He will be sorely missed.

Judith Iovino

October 21, 2020

At a First United Methodist usher barbecue in 1997.

Judy Iovino

October 21, 2020

As a member and secretary (now retired) of First United Methodist Church of TR was how Manny came into my life. I worked with him closely during his tenure as President of the church's Board of Trustees. It was always something that needed attention from a minor repair to fire damage. My husband, Joe and I, and he and Janet went to same worship service. Joe was honored to serve for many years standing next to Manny as an usher. Usher outings included summer barbecues and dinners out together. As many know, Janet loves her flowers and she handled providing six planters at three main entrances to church building with beautiful seasonal flowers. Manny was in charge of keeping them watered and he would stop and water them about 7 am during the week either before or after the gym and then, of course, on Sundays. He and Janet became friends and people we could go to for advice. I hate thinking of a world without Manny. He will be missed. - Judy & Joe Iovino

Bill & Barbara Hawk

October 21, 2020

I had the privilege of working with Manny for many years through the Municipal Clerk's Association of New Jersey. Manny was a gentlemen first, a friend and mentor.
You could always go to Manny and he would guide you through whatever job or office your held in the Municipal Clerk's Association of New Jersey.
Manny and Janet became very special friends to my husband and I.
We were able to have lunch together and talked throughout the year on the phone, email and visits to see each other.
Truly blessed to have had Manny a part of our lives.
He will be missed very much.
Janet we will always be here for you as you go through this time of sorrow and missing your soulmate.
Love & God bless you and your family.
Bill & Barbara Hawk

Michael J. D'Elia

October 21, 2020

Dear Janet
Manny and you were the nicest people to share a meal, travel or have a great conversation and just plain enjoyable to be around. The Happy Apple will never be the same. As Manny would say "hey Mike just got a call and they have a duck with your name on it." Will dearly miss those emails from political to funny too. So fortunate to have had you in our life.
Mike and June


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