Donald V. Manning, of Rumson, passed away on Tuesday, September 20 after a long illness. He was born in Jersey City, but spent most of his life in between Sea Bright and Rumson. Donald joined the Navy at an early age. After he completed his tour, he went to work for the Dock Builders and Carpenters Union Local 1456 out of New York. During that time he joined the Eatontown Police Department, where he spent five good years, leaving there to go on to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Freehold. Donald retired as a lieutenant after 26 years.
Donald loved his job and won many awards and accommodations as well as the respect of his Brother in Blue. He would stand by anyone who wore the badge. Two very proud moments in his life were to see his son Thomas and his daughter Teresa also wear the Sea Bright Police uniform side by side. He would come home beaming with pride.
He was an avid fitness buff into his 80s. He will be missed by his faithful companion Jensen, his Jack Russell. A special appreciation to the hospice nurses.
Donald was predeceased by his two sons, Terrance Manning and Thomas Manning; his mother; Cecil Manning; and a brother Andrew Manning. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Patchell Manning; his son, Donald V. Manning Jr. and wife Kim of Long Branch; two daughters, Patricia Caplan and her husband Randy of Massachusetts and Teresa Herschenfeld and her husband Greg of Monmouth Beach; a daughter-in-law, Heidi Manning of Fair Haven; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his three stepchildren, Joan Stringfellow of Texas, Christian Slocum and Lori of Atlantic Highlands; Allison DeFrancesco of Atlantic Highlands; and their children.
Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to Hackensack – Meridian Hospice, Meridian Health Foundation, 1345 Campus Pkwy., Suite A2, Neptune, NJ 07753.
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