June 30, 1933 to March 13, 2014

After a long and valiant battle with lung cancer, Jim passed away peacefully at home with his loving partner for 22 years, the love of his life, Emily Tamburo, by his side. He was 80 years young.

Jim is predeceased by his parents Norah M. and Alfred F. Manning, brother Alfred F. Manning, sister Honora Theresa McDonough, his wife Betty Elder Manning, and stepson Rory Elder. He is survived by his brothers, John J. Manning (Mary Jane); Francis A. Manning (Nancy); William F. Manning and Matthew J. Manning (Patricia); sisters Mary Ann Williams, Margaret E. Manning, and Patricia A. (Charles) Ivers; and many nieces and nephews. After Mary Williams' first husband passed away, Jim became proxy father to her son, John P. McInnes.

Jim was born in New Rochelle, N.Y. He graduated from New Rochelle High School. Always inquisitive and eager to learn, he achieved many college credits. He was a ferocious reader. He could talk to anyone at any level about anything. After high school graduation, he joined the Navy and served honorably aboard the aircraft carrier, the USS Boxer during the Korean War. After service, he settled in San Diego, where he started his own fire equipment business. He then became a real estate broker. In the late 1980s, he moved to Sacramento, CA, to be near his stepson. There he met Emily Tamburo. It was love at first sight. Of course, they met at a dance. He referred to her as his "main squeeze," she says "only squeeze." When they came to Green Valley, Jim continued his real estate business.

When Jim was just out of the Navy, he took up ballroom and Latin dancing and loved it. He taught at studios in Southern California and Sacramento, CA. Green Valley Recreation asked him to teach for GVR after he was noticed on the dance floor. He and Emily taught dancing for GVR for 12 years. They also taught for Pima Community College. He had the opportunity to teach on cruise ships. He and Emily traveled the world teaching dancing. The GVR dance lessons led to many wonderful friendships.

As a teenager in New York, Jim caddied for many golfers, some were pros. He learned to love the game and became quite a good golfer. His Wednesday morning nine holes and breakfast golf group said he had the "sweetest swing." He called all his golf buddies his "golf pros."

Whatever endeavor Jim under took, he wanted to be the best he could be. This included dancing, golf, bowling and chess.

For the last four years, Jim has been a patient of Green Valley Arizona Oncology. The amazing staff became like family. He and Emily would like to express their gratitude for the kind and loving care he received from all the staff, especially Dr. Porterfield, Mary Beth, Diane, Janet, Carmen, Margie, Lynn, Joyce, Lupita, Lorena and Maricela.

A military service will be held graveside at Green Valley Mortuary & Cemetery, Thursday, March 20, at 11 a.m. A reception will be held at Santa Rita Springs Anza Room following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jim's memory may be made to Optum Hospice at 6245 E. Broadway Blvd., Suite 600, Tucson, AZ 85711, or a cancer program of your choice.

Published in Green Valley News & Sun on Mar. 19, 2014