Renald A. Manetti, 83: Successful lawyer traveled, sang around the world

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FALMOUTH — Renald Amadeo Manetti, 83, died June 22 after an extended illness.

Manetti was born Jan. 6, 1932, in Monessen, Pennsylvania, the eldest child of Andrew and Eleanor Manetti. He graduated from Pittsburgh University and then Harvard Law School.

Renald married Mary Eunice Gorman, of Dorchester, Massachusetts, in 1955, while they both were attending law school.

In 1956, he entered the U.S. Army and served with the judge advocate general until his discharge as a major, three years later. Manetti went on to work as a corporate attorney for U.S. Steel until 1969, and then joined the New York City headquarters of ITT. Known for his brilliance as well as his compassion, he retired from the company as assistant general counsel.

Manetti and his wife resided in the Hudson Valley of New York, where they raised six children. The couple enjoyed traveling, and visited much of Europe, Latin America, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Australia. After retirement, Manetti and his wife continued to travel to destinations such as the Greek isles and China.

A lifelong musician, Manetti was a member of the Transfiguration Church Choir and the Westchester Choral Society, and sang at The Vatican, Westminster Cathedral in London and St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice.

He also was an avid athlete, competed in tennis and squash, and devotedly cheered the New York Yankees.

Manetti is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Mary; his son, Renald Jr., and his wife, Vanessa, of Quartz Hill, California; his daughter, Ellen, and her husband, Michael Courts, of Portland; his son, Paul, and his wife, Maureen, of Freeport; his daughter, Mary, of Ossining, New York; his daughter, Maggie, and her husband, Brad Sousa, of Hastings, New York; his daughter, Carolyn, and her husband, Paul Broucek, of Los Angeles; his grandchildren, Sarah, Timothy, Joshua, Emily, Jenny, Michael, Christopher and Jason; his sister, Angela, and her husband, Richard Covert; his brother, Jerry, and his wife, Carolyn; and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated June 26 at Holy Martyrs Church in Falmouth. 

For those who wish, donations may be made in Manetti’s name to The Carmelite Friars, 88 Carmelite Drive, Middletown, NY 10940.

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