Manny was an accomplished bowler, participating throughout the 1950s and 60s in numerous leagues at Beverly Bowl-O-Mat on River Street. His bowling skills, quick sense of humor, and ready support for other team members found him in demand for league play.
In 1958, Manny successfully completed a professional home study course offered by Northeastern University, earning his Certificate of Supervisory Development. He retired from Sylvania in 1982 as a senior supervisor.
After his retirement, Manny’s previous hearing disability worsened significantly. He worked with the National Education for Assistance Dog Services (NEADS), also known as Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans, to receive Lacey, a specially trained companion dog for the hearing impaired. For over a decade, Lacey brought Manny’s attention to important sounds such as doorbells, approaching vehicles and warning alarms. The two were inseparable, and Manny frequently participated in NEADS “hearing dog” demonstrations before prospective clients and interested sponsors.
Manny is survived by two daughters, Shirley Pitman and her husband, William, of Beverly, and Beverly Brewer and her husband, Jeffrey, of Northfield, N.H. He is also survived by four grandchildren, David Pitman and his wife, Laura, of Beverly, Roberta Chirco and her husband, Brian, of Beverly, Alyssa Brewer and her husband, Daniel, of Madison, Wis., and Ramona Brewer of Essex; as well as five great-grandchildren, Cameron, Casey, Josey, and Leah Chirco, all of Beverly, and Perla Brewer of Madison, Wis. He also leaves several nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: Family and friends are invited to an hour of visitation on Thursday, March 13, from 11 to 12 a.m., to be followed by a funeral service at 12 p.m., at the Campbell, Lee, Moody, Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, North Beverly, and interment with his wife’s remains in Beverly’s St. Mary's Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in memory of Manny and Lacey to NEADS, P.O. Box 213, West Boylston, MA 01583. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.