Richard George Manning, passed peacefully, January 15, 2019 after a brief illness at Grey Nuns Hospital in Edmonton. Thank you to the team at Grey Nuns for the care and kindness shown to Richard and his family at this difficult time. A private, family only Celebration of Life is planned at Touchmark Residence 2:00 pm Sunday, January 27, 2019.
Richard was born in Edmonton August 24, 1924, to Anthony George and Maude Adora Manning. He was the second son born to the Manning family.
He was predeceased by his siblings and their spouses: James (Patricia), Iva Sproule (Jack), Lillian Latam (Alvin), Edna McLellan (Ken), and brothers in law Philip Perry (Helen) and Sydney Mace, nephew Brian Mace, son-in-law Shawn Chute, and Great grandson Connor Johnston.
He is survived by his wife Ellen of 71 years, by his two sons; Stephen (Charlene) their sons Curtis and Scott, Robert (Valerie) their daughters; Chantel and Laine; and by his four daughters; Connie (Clive) their daughter Carla, their son Mathew, Marilee (Charlie) their son Jason, their daughters Melissa and Tara, Elizabeth (Brooks)their daughter Meaghan, and son Adam, Maureen (Ian) and daughters Delaney and Linnea. He is also survived by his 13 great-grandchildren.
Richard joined the navy at 18 and served aboard the HMCS New Liskeard for two years during WWII. He returned to Edmonton and was employed briefly in banking, and held positions with the City of Edmonton before taking a supervisor position at the landmark Celanese plant. No matter where Richard was employed, he was well liked, and respected. He also pursued private sidelines in home construction and sales in partnership with his father Anthony, brother James Earl, and later started a property holdings company with his brother-in-law Sid Mace. A successful mid-life career in real estate resulted in awards for top salesman in Alberta, and earned him an early retirement at 52 when he moved with his wife and youngest daughter to the Okanagan. For 22 years he and Ellen enjoyed dancing every weekend, camping, golfing, skating, skiing, and slow pitch ball with family and friends. He returned with Ellen to Edmonton in 1992 where they enjoyed the company of their growing family, and continued to seek out dance halls. Richard’s love of music continued to his time of death, taking his last breath while listening to Johnny Cash’s “I Walk the Line” surrounded by loving family members.
May you rest in Peace beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Great Grandfather.