Chief of Police Harry F. Manelski
AGE: 76 • Wilmington
Harry Francis Manelski, 76, of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 12, 2016, surrounded by his loving family after a brief illness.
Harry was born April 13, 1939, in Wilmington, where he would become a city icon as a three-sport athlete at Salesianum School (class of 1957), Chief of Police from 1976-1981, Head of Executive Security for DuPont from 1981-1997 and for Rollins Corporation from 1997-2003. He most recently shared his skills with Winterthur Museum, retiring in December. Harry graduated from the F.B.I. National Academy in Washington, D.C. in 1971, received his Associate Degree in Police Science at Brandywine College in 1973 and Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Wilmington College in 1975.
Known as "Butch" and "Chief," Harry's leadership extended into his social life as head of security for the LPGA Championship and his service with Special Olympics and the Boys & Girls Club. Whether he was stopping for coffee at Wawa, gathering with friends at the horse track, or hosting the many celebrities and politicians he protected, including his favorites Johnny Cash and Joe Montana, Harry was always charming, generous and charismatic.
His generosity was unending when it came to his favorite past time - his grandchildren. Whether it was attending their sporting events, taking them out to dinner or slipping them 20 bucks, they knew they were loved, as did his wife of 55 years, Mildred (Bryan) Manelski, whom he lovingly called "Chief," and their two daughters, Linda (Don) Nordmeyer, and Sue (Bill) Kampert.
Harry was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Anna Manelski. Besides Millie, Lin and Sue, he is also survived by his brother, Charles (Bernie) Manelski; sisters, Frances (Gene) Wisniewski and Debbie (Dave Reynolds) Manelski; and grandchildren, Will and Kailyn Kampert, and Brett and Grace Nordmeyer.
The family would like to thank the staff at Wilmington Hospital for their compassionate care and his friends for all of their well wishes.
Friends and family are invited to attend a viewing from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 17 at St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church, Clayton and Cedar Streets, Wilmington, DE, where a Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Thursday, February 18 at 10:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Harry's memory to Special Olympics of Delaware, 619 S. College Avenue, Newark, DE 19716 http://www.sode.org/support/donate/donate-today/