Edward L. Manning: Dedicated soup kitchen volunteer, owner of The Shamrock
PORTLAND — Edward L. "Eddie" Manning, 89, died Oct. 24 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice in Scarborough with his loving family by his side.
Born in Portland on Feb. 9, 1921, a son of James and Mary (McDonough) Manning, he attended St Dominic's School and graduated from Cheverus High School.
On Feb. 9, 1942, he married Mary P. Murphy at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland.
During World War II he served in the U.S. Army as an infantryman in Germany.
After the war, he opened Eddie’s Variety on Congress Street, and then opened Eddie’s Shamrock on Washington Avenue. He later relocated The Shamrock to the corner of Commercial and India Streets, where it has remained a neighborhood favorite for many years.
While running both the grocery store and The Shamrock, he always went out of his way to help others.
He was instrumental in establishing the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen and Thrift Store, and served as its president for over 30 years.
In 1996 he received the Catholic Man of the Year Award for his work with the soup kitchen. He was also the first recipient of the Cheverus Magis Award in 2004.
An avid Yankees fan, he also enjoyed playing golf, and following his children's and grandchildren's sports activities.
He was predeceased by his wife Mary in 1993, a son, John T. Manning, in 2006, a sister, Elizabeth Buck, and two brothers, Francis and Louis Manning.
Survivors include two daughters, Donna Sabatino and her husband Carl of Scarborough, and Patricia Rodrigue of Chester, N.Y., and two sons, Edward J. Manning and his wife Lisa of Scarborough, and Thomas J. Manning and his wife Stefanie of Mahwah, N.J.; 19 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Visiting hours will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 26, at Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State St., Portland.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 27, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress St., Portland.
Arrangements are by Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State St., Portland.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen, 307 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101.