I just received my Northeastern magazine and was shocked and deeply saddened to read that my old friend Joe had passed away! I was a year behind him at Northeastern and knew who he was because we were both in the same program. Then, when I got my first job at St. Francis, I was surprised to see his familiar face seated across from me. We soon became good friends and we talked and joked (mostly joked!) all the time. Sometimes I was doubled over in laughter almost peeing my pants! I loved working with him for close to 4 years; he was such a welcome addition to that office full of women.
My deepest condolences to his wife, kids, Mom, and family. They say that "only the good die young." How very true. God bless you my big, goofy friend!!!!!
Dear Maningas Family,
I was SO saddened to hear of Joe's passing and so upset that I didn't find out in time to attend the services. I knew Joe from the bank and over the years came to think of Joe, John and Antonia as part of kind of an extended family of mine. I will miss answering my phone at work and hearing "Dori...Maningas"! I'm so glad that John and Joe called me that one last time a couple of weeks ago. I just didn't know that I was saying goodbye. :( He always made me smile and his genuine caring and concern for everyone around him was truly a special gift to us all. No matter how he was feeling, he always had a smile on his face and laughter in his heart. He will be truly missed. My sincere condolences to Andrea, Alex & Ashley, John and Dr. Maningas and the entire Maningas family. Love to you all.
To my Brother Joey !!
love you !
You will always have a special place in our hearts, Joe. We will always love and miss you. The Amadeo and Sullivan Families
joe had an uncommom mix of so many great qualities. I only spoke with him a handful of times over the past 20 yrs, but it is clear from his obituary and the words of others that he never lost any of those qualities, even as life got scary and difficult. I will always remmember his generosity, kindness and genuine concern for others. I send my condolences to all those that loved him,
My deepest sympathy to the Maningas family. It was never a handshake with Joe – always a hug lifting me off the ground. He just made you feel better about yourself. I will sorely miss my favorite doubles tennis partner.
My deepest sympathies to the family of Joe..I met him 2 years ago while performing a comedy show for him and nearly 200 very devoted staff members from the hospital. The evening had a profound effect on me as I watched a man in "distress" surrounded by so much love....the may say "laughter is the best medicine"..and it might just qualify for a top 5 spot...but clearly the care....support...and love from this large group of people is what ultimately brought the smile to Joe's face......
I am very glad I met him...he seemed like a true gentleman...and a gentle man...a rare combination. I hope G-d gives you all the strength to cope with your grief. Keep his wonderful name alive in your hearts and you will perpetuate his kind soul forever.......
Our thoughts and prayers are with you guy's through this hard time.
You always left me laughing Big Joe ! Peaceful thoughts and prayers to your family. You will be deeply missed by all of those you touched old Friend.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your positive attitude and demeanor will be missed by many.
To the Maningas Family,
We are very sorry for your loss, Joe was a great guy and alot of fun being around. He will be dearly missed.
The Sardinha Family
Andrea, I always enjoyed Joe's visits to Karen and Dave's house when we were playing mahjong. Joe was so happy to see us play this game he had enjoyed as a child, even more delighted to tell us we were not playing it correctly.
My thoughts are with you and your family, Joe will be missed dearly.
With deepest sympathy,
Shelley Waxman (Karen and Dave Blovish's cousin?
So sorry to hear of your loss.
Sandi and Neil Brooks
Andrea, Alex and Ashley
I don't know where to begin. Joe was a special man, father, friend and husband. He touched so many lives in his short time here with us. I know Chris will always cherish one of his happiest memories with Joe eating themselves into a happy state while watching football and napping meanwhile Andrea and I get out "free" glass of wine at the hair salon. I'll never forget the look on the two husbands face as we told them about our "free" glass of wine. It was priceless. Or the time Joe had a craving for paella and he and Chris cooked it together again while watching football. There are just so many great memories we will cherish for the rest of our
Dear Andrea, Alex, and Ashley,
My deepest condolences on the loss of an amazing husband and father. He was by far one of the most genuine and funniest individuals I have ever met. I will never forget laughs we shared in the office or the lunchtime adventures which always required detailed planning and precise execution. Thanks to Joe, I'll always know when it's too hot out for soup but just right for Augie & Ray's. Joe had that special “something” about him that once you met him you knew that he is someone that can make you laugh, lend a hand or just give helpful advice whenever you need it; not because he felt he had to but because that was “Joe-being-Joe”. The memory of Maningas will always have a special place with me! My thoughts and prays are with you and your family.
Andrea, Alex, Ashley & Joe's extended family,
We are so very sorry for your loss. Joe will be missed dearly. He had the true gift of making everyone feel comfortable and welcome. We will miss his infectious smile and enthusiasm at soccer and baseball games. Marcus will surely miss coaching with him, and all of their discussions about sports and life. We are keeping you all in our prayers and thoughts, and wishing you peace and the warmth of Joe's love to sustain you.
Love, Marcus, Deneen, Julia & Nicholas
To Joe's family and friends,
We are very sorry and deeply saddened to learn of Joe's passing. He certainly was the best. We are classmates from St. Joseph's school from way back. We were a very close knit class, and knew Joe as kind~hearted, witty, and funny. His smile was contagious. He even knew how to make those nuns laugh. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
*Rest in peace Joe.
The Class of '83's loss is heaven's gain. Joe was a great teammate. I will always remember him scoring on a reverse at the goalline at Mt. Nebo in the fall of to secure a victory. His great effort to catch a ball in the endzone that would have helped win on Thanksgiving Day. I think of him every time I hear Tom Petty songs that he would sing at the top of his lungs in the cafeteria. One of Joe's gifts was to be able to bring the gift of laughter to every gathering he was a part of. May God comfort Joe's family until you are reunited.
Joe was a special person in my life and a great friend to many others. We will always know that we were blessed to have had him in our lives. I shared many great times with Joe and will have only fond,(and sometimes funny) memories of him. I will truly miss but never forget, my friend Joey.
Joe was a special person in my life and a great friend to many others. We will always know that we were blessed to have had him in our lives. I shared many great times with Joe, and will only have fond, (and sometimes funny) memories of him. I will truly miss but never forget, my friend Joey.
To the Maningas Family
So sorry for your loss. Joe was a special person who always wore a smile. Rest in peace Joe.
Andrea, Alex and Ashley:
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to all of you during this difficult time. Joe will always have a seat at Mrs. Giliberto's dinner table in East Hartford!!
Dear Andrea, Alex, And Ashley,
We are heartbroken to hear of Joe's passing. It is obvious that he was loved by many -- and this is the true measure of a man. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you. Lynn and I will miss him. (BKE forever)
One of the finest men to walk God's great earth. Our sincerest condolence's to the Maningas family.
we crossed paths briefly after high school while you were at St. Francis and I was in my surgical residency. Big happy smiles and "hey whats up" helped me get through more than couple rough days. Thanks for that! Peace out!
Joe leaves a legacy that is unmatched by anyone. His smile, "friend to all" approach will not be lost.
Our deepest sympathy to his family.
Bob and Danita Sulick
Andrea, Alex & Ashley,
We were deeply saddened to hear about "Coach Joe's" passing. Dylan loved playing for him this past season. Joe challenged him, and Dylan wanted nothing more than to do his best for Coach Joe. I can only imagine how many lives Joe touched.
Dear Alex and Ashley,
I sat next to Dad for many years at the 'State' , and we all have the funniest stories to tell you when you are old enough!
Years ago my son Bailey interviewed your Dad because he had to write a report for 3rd grade about 'aliens'. Dad thought it was pretty funny!
Your Dad always told me you were the best kids in the world. I think one day you'll know how many people loved your Dad, and always will. You will be okay, and so will your Mom. Be good to each other always, and send Mom my love too.
Your smile will light up heaven! My thoughts are with all of you. ECHS Class of '83 was fortunate to have Joe in their class.
The Baker family send their deepest sympathies to all that loved Joe. We hold you all up in prayer. His beautiful children reflect his love and grace. Ashely and Alex are in school with Grace and Yoseph and we have all been praying for you during this difficult time. Love the Bakers
Dear Ashley, Alex and Andrea,
Joe was a person who had a very rare and special gift for quickly connecting with people and creating deep relationships. He was the BEST at this. Looking back on my friendship with Joe I am in awe of his unmatched ability to put me at ease and make life hopeful and grand. I learned a life changing lesson from Joe when he showed me how to be a leader and role model especially when his unimaginable challenges were at their highest.
Joe will always be a big bright spot in my life and I am grateful and blessed to have been a good friend. I will sorely miss Big Joe and can't wait to see him again to experience that sweet and wonderful Maningas Magic!
Very few times in life does a person have the privilege of knowing a great guy. Joe was one of those guys. I am happy to have known him and sad for your loss. He will be missed more than he could have known.
Joe- I will never forget our time as friends-the shopping and lunch runs were some of my best times- you will be missed. With love, Jeff
We lost a great friend who leaves us with many great memories. Rest in peace Joe, you will always be remembered...Love Chris and Cheryl Darby
So sorry to hear of Joe's passing. What a beautiful obituary, an amazing tribute to clearly a wonderful man. You are all in our prayers
Neal & Jenn Kupferschmid
our family is heartbroken to hear of Joes passing.All the daycare kids used to look forward to Alex and Ashley getting dropped off by Joe. He had a smile for everyone.Always happy and positive.Heaven truely has added a star in the sky for Joe,Much love to Alex,Ashley and Andrea our prayers and thoughts are with you. The Hood Family
Rest in peace to one of the nicest and funniest guys I've ever met. I will always remembr my car rides with him from work to pick up lunch--mostly for Joe's always colorful and hilarious observations about anything and everything. Joe was truly unlike anyone else--in the best possible sense.
Our sincere sympathies for your loss.
Dear Andrea, Alex, and Ashley,
Please accept our condolences on the loss of such a terrific husband and father. We will sincerely miss seeing Joe's smiling face at both sporting and school events in town. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your entire family during this very difficult time.
~Shay, Leah, Brooke, and Carly Diwinsky
Dear Andrea, Alex, and Ashley,
Please accept our condolences on the loss of such a terrific husband and father. We will sincerely miss seeing Joe's smiling face at both school and sporting events in town. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your entire family during this difficult time.
~Shay, Leah, Brooke, & Carly Diwinsky
Andrea, Alex and Ashley,
Joe was a very special guy and we will miss him dearly. Kevin has fond memories with Joe playing softball, fishing, etc. He always had a wonderful smile and always made us laugh. We are very sorry for your loss and we are here if you need anything. We send our love to you and your entire family.
I will forever miss you Joe, you've been a great friend and a brother to me. God bless you.
My family and I are so sorry. He was a truly good person.
I will always remember Joe and his unfaltering positive attitude, terrific sense of humor, and contagious smile. He is and will always be truly missed by those of us to knew him in the workplace. Peace and blessings to his family and those closest to him. Kirstin May
My sincere sympathy to the family for the loss of a kind and gentle man. The strength demonstrated by the entire family is an inspiration to us all. My his memories sustain you in the days ahead. Our workplace will never be the same without Joe's morning humor.
Dear Andrea, Alex and Ashley,
What a special guy...so much energy and spunk! Please know that Joe will always be in our thoughts and prayers. Words cannot adequately express how sorry we are for this loss. Sending you and your whole family much love...