Reflections of the Life of Emanuel Ned Jr.
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The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?
- Psalm 27:3
BRUNSWICK - Emanuel "Manny" Ned Jr., 90, of Roosevelt Avenue entered into eternal life surrounded by his family, crossing home plate passing from labor to reward, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at Samaritan Hospital in Troy.
Born and educated in Greeley ville, S.C., he was the son of the late Emanuel and Ella Simon Ned Sr. and the beloved husband of 61 years to Gloria Wilson Ned, who passed Feb. 24, 2011.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in New Guinea, the South Philippines and the Western Pacific during World War II. He was bestowed the Asiatic Pacific Theater Service, Philippine Liberation, Good Conduct and World War II Victory medals.
Manny retired from Ford Motor Co. in Green Island, where he had been employed for 35 years as a supervisor. He had previously been employed at Adirondack Steel.
Emanuel started his baseball career in 1946 for the Haymakers in Troy, playing centerfield. In 1955, he led the Albany Twilight League with the third-highest batting average on record of .489, and in 1986 was inducted in its Hall of Fame. Not only known as a long homerun hitter, Manny was also highly regarded for his defense plays.
For many years, Manny played in the 112th Street Softball League. As one of a number of retired negro baseball players excluded from the limelight during their prime, Manny was honored during a special African American Day Ceremony on Aug. 19, 1994, as an outstanding Albany Black Sox outfielder.
Manny was an avid New York Mets fan.
He was a member of the Quarterback Club, serving as president and vice president for many years, and was honored for his loyal and contributing support to the Capital District. He was also a member of Toppers Bowling League and Cpl. William A. Dickerson VFW Post No. 8758 in Troy.
Emanuel was a member of the Liberty Presbyterian Church, which united with Oakwood Avenue Presbyterian Church, for many years and had been a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Troy.
Devoted father of Emanuel B. "Manny" (Donna) Ned and Dorinda M. Ned, both of Troy, and Dennis (Tammy) Ned of Waterford and the late Yvonne M.(the late Allen) Martin; cherished grandfather of Justin and Kristen (Tony) Ned; brother of the late Ellen Murray and the late Susie (the late Archie) Simon; great-grandfather of the late Aliyah P. Ned; godfather of Tracy Richardson of Troy; and brother-in-law of Sherman (Juanita) Wilson, he is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral service will be officiated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at Bethel Baptist Church, 2165 Fifth Ave., Troy, NY 12180.
Relatives and friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church.
Interment with military honors will be held at Gerald B.H. Solomon-Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville.
The family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation for the loving care to the sixth-floor nursing staff at Samaritan Hospital as well as to Dr. Leslie Danskin.
Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Rev. Brewington Stinney Scholarship Fund, c/o Bethel Baptist Church; or to Albany Twilight League, 8 Criswood Drive, Albany, NY 12205.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted by the family to John J. Sanvidge Funeral Home Inc., 565 Fourth Ave., Troy, NY 12182, (518) 235-0952.
Published in The Record on Feb. 25, 2013