CW5 (Retired) Edward J. Mangano went home to be with his Heavenly Father, on December 11, 2013, after a hard fought battle with Esophageal Cancer. He was an exceptional man who was not only devoted to the service of others, but made his family his first priority.
He was preceded in death by his father, Salvatore Mangano,and son-in-law Gregory Gluba. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Anna-Marie Mangano, daughter, Kelly-Anne, son-in-law, Will, and grandchildren, Caroline, Thomas, and Samantha, mother, Elinor, sister Rosemarie, and brother, John.
Edward, was a man who spent his life serving and protecting others, throughout the course of his life, even as a young adult as a Volunteer Fireman
. He was a Navy Airman, graduate of Iona College, and served 22 years in the New York City Police Department, while simultaneously serving his country in the Army Reserves. While in the NYPD, Edward was assigned to the Dignitary Protection Unit, where he was in direct contact with Presidents, and leaders of foreign powers. He retired as a Detective Sargent, in 1990. Edward then went on to Active duty service with the Army for another 23 years, rising to the rank of CW5. He was in Military Intelligence/Counterterrorism, and his final assignment was to the American Embassy in Dublin, Ireland, as Air Attaché , where he interacted with service members and International dignitaries.
Edward was full of life and never hesitated to help others. He lived a life of integrity, compassion and grace. He never sought praise, although he certainly deserved all of the recognition he received. He and his family are most proud of his being awarded the Legion of Merit/Meritorious Service Medal, and of course, the best "Papa," award. Edward had a wonderful sense of humor and a view on life that had an impact on those who knew him.
A private funeral was held on December 18, but a public Memorial Service to celebrate this special man, will be held at the Williamsburg Community Chapel, March 22, 2014. Anyone wishing to honor Edward's memory may make a donation to The Wounded Warrior Project, in his name.