Born in Framingham to Thomas and Dometilla (Mullens) Manning, he was a member of the Framingham High School class of 1952.
After high school, he spent three years in the US Army. Following his service in the US Army, he spent 31 years as an employee for the United States Post Office and 32 years as an employee for the Town of Framingham Transportation Department.
Manning was a hard worker who worked two full-time jobs to support his family. He loved to spend time tending to his yard, taking his yearly trips to New Harbor, Maine, and watching the hummingbirds return annually. He took great pride in his Irish heritage. He was a lifelong member of Elks Lodge 1264.
He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Judy Dunn Manning; his sister, Kathleen Nolan of Wayland; his eight children and their spouses: Deanna and Kevin McColgan, Tom and Nancy Manning, Jill and Ed Henderson, Marianne and David Gately, Lee and Bill Galluccio, Sally Manning, Kristie and Rob Moruzzi, Bill Jr. and Susan Manning; and his 13 Grandchildren: Gage, Elle, Emily, Michael, Lisa, Ashley, Justin, Molly, Danny, Chloe, Max, Lily, and Charlie. He also leaves behind his beloved dog, Jack.
He was preceded in death by his siblings: Thomas C Manning S.J., John Manning, and Anne Manning.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral Mass Monday, March 6, at 10 a.m. in St. Bridget’s Church, 830 Worcester Road.
Burial will follow at St. Stephen Cemetery in Framingham.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Development Office, c/o Brain Tumor Research, 116 Huntington Ave., 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02116