Manuel J. Amaral, 99, lifelong resident of Bridgewater died peacefully on July 21. Manuel was the loving son of the late Manuel and Delphina (DaSilva) Amaral. Upon the death of his father he started working in a shoe factory at the age of 14, where he was a Goodyear stitcher and later a foreman. Manuel also worked at Bridgewater State College in the maintenance department at the Kelly Gymnasium and as the Storekeeper of supplies until his retirement. In the 1930s he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and served in the forestry division in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Oregon. He later joined the National Guard and in 1942 he joined the U.S. Army and served in England and Germany. Manuel married Eleanor M. Garafalo on June 29, 1940 and they raised their six children in Bridgewater. He was a past member of the Bridgewater Recreation and was active in Bridgewater Little League. He was also a lifelong member of the Bridgewater Knights of Columbus, and the VFW. He was known for his many handy-man skills and used his talents to help many in the community. Manuel was a member of the Parents Association, which was instrumental in establishing the sports programs at Cardinal Spellman High School, and for his efforts he was inducted into the Cardinal Spellman Athletic Hall of Fame in 1985. Manuel was the loving husband of 59 years to the late Eleanor M. (Garafalo) Amaral and father of Marie E. Webber and her husband Richard of Newton, Linda A. Kelly and her husband George of Bridgewater, Janet DiFalco and her husband Phillip of East Bridgewater, Barbara L. Flynn and her husband Kevin of Fla., and the late Edward M. Amaral and Kenneth M. Amaral. He was the father-in-law to Martha Gentry, Regina Amaral, and the late Patricia Amaral. Grampa Manny was the grandfather of 17, and the great-grandfather of 18. He was pre-deceased by his brothers, David, Edward, and Joseph. Funeral from the Prophett-Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 98 Bedford St. Bridgewater on Saturday, July 26, at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 103 Center St., Bridgewater with burial at St. Thomas Aquinas Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday evening from 4 - 8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Manuel J. Amaral Service Scholarship c/o Cardinal Spellman, 738 Court Street, Brockton, Massachusetts 02302. For online guest book and directions visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com Prophett-Chapman Cole & Gleason 508-697-4332
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Published in The Enterprise on July 23, 2014