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Paul J. Manafort, 89, native of New Britain, died Thursday, (January 24, 2013). He was a graduate of local school. Paul has distinguished himself in business professional, civic, religious and political circles, in addition to serving in organizations which recognize his heritage as an Italian-American. Paul served with the Army combat engineers in Europe during World War II, then returned to New Britain to join with his brothers in the family business founded by his father, James Manafort. He served as secretary-treasurer of Manafort Bros. Inc. in the same role with Family Realty, and was also president of Schultz Salvage Inc. Early in his political life, he founded and was first president of the New Britain Young Republicans. His political career included a term as alderman, three terms as mayor, then deputy commissions, including bonding, standardization, New Users of Old Buildings, and secretary, Capitol Center Committee. In local politically appointed posts, her served as member and chairman of the Board of Public works and Board of Fire Commissioners, and member of the Arch Street Task Force and Citizens' Water Committee. He has been a delegate and alternate to the Republican National Conventions, as well as a director and past president of the Connecticut Conference of Mayors. He has been recognized for his many years in service to St. Ann Church as a trustee, director and member of its ways and Means Committee and Parish Council, as well as many years of service to the Italian Feast of St. Ann, for which he received a "Service Award". His civic and fraternal memberships include, Charter member and trustee, Sons of Italy Lodge 2165, incorporator, New Britain General Hospital, Boys' and Girls' Club of New Britain, New Britain YMCA and Resurrection House; charter member and director; Greater New Britain Opera Assn. and City Blub of New Britain, director, Public Athletic League, One Hundred Club of Connecticut; honorary president; General Ameglio Society, charter member, New Britain Jaycees; honorary member, Civil Air Patrol; member, American Public Works Assn., Elks, Eagles, Moose, NAACP, VFW Post 511; Lions, Order of Alhambra; Good Shepherds Guild, Knights of Columbus, Armenian American Veterans of Connecticut Inc., Italian Fraternal Society, Americans if Italian Descent, and Bernardino-Badolato Post, Italian-American war Veterans, of which he has served as post commander, state adjutant, senior vice commander, chaplain and judge advocate. His lengthy list of honor and award include the New Britain Lodge of Elks "Citizen of the Year" award; a Chamber of Commerce "Recognition Award", Columbian Federation Achievement Award for his many years of leadership in the Columbus Day Parade; VFW of the United States "Medal of Commendation", as well as recognition from the New Britain Bars Association , Puerto Rican Society of New Britain, Polish Falcons of America, Civil Air Patrol, Central Connecticut Assn. for Retarded Children Community Chest and Jaycees. His honors culminated in the designation of "Paul J. Manafort Drive" at Central Connecticut University in June 1994. Paul was predeceased by his beloved wife, Antoinette Marie (Cifalu) Manafort and his son, Robert Vincent Manafort. He is survived by two sons, Paul John Manafort Jr. and his wife, Kathleen of Alexandria, VA; and Dennis Salvatore Manafort of Plainville. He leaves his beloved grandchildren, Starr; Jessica; Zachary and Andria Manafort and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 at 9 a.m. at St. Ann Church. Burial with military honors will be at St. Mary Cemetery, New Britain. Calling hours will be today, Friday, Jan. 25, 4-8 p.m. at the New Britain Memorial-Donald D. Sagarino Funeral Home, 444 Farmington Ave., New Britain. Memorial donations may be made to the: Boys and Girls Club, 150 Washington St., New Britain, CT 06051. For directions or to share a memory with the family, please visit

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February 13, 2013
Our prayers are with you all..xxoo
The VanBrocklin Family
Ann VanBrocklin
February 1, 2013
My deepest sympathy to Mr Manafort's family and closest friends. They had a great father and friend in Paul and I know he appreciated the fact that they provided the finest of care for him in his later years. It was a privilege to have played a small role in that endeavor and I thank his family for having afforded me that opportunity.
Barbara Nelms
January 30, 2013
January 30, 2013
Grandpa just being "the man"
Starr Manafort
January 30, 2013
Grandpa with the ladies at Christmas 2010
Paul Manafort was the most amazing grandfather! I will always remember him to be kind, loving and funny! He told the best stories that I will never forget. He kept me connected to my father through his stories and I can never forget that. I will love him for his spirit and his tenacity for life! Gone but never forgotten
Starr Manafort
January 30, 2013
Very sorry to hear about your father's passing.Your mother's sister Jenny married my mother's brother Peter Battistone.Your dad was a very good family man & helped many people. We always enjoyed his company.I also remember seeing him with your mom at St.Ann's church.Again,our deepest sympathy to Paul,Jr.&Dennis&other family members.
John &Liz Brighenti
January 30, 2013
PJ & Dennis:

I was sorry to learn of your Dad's passing. He gave me my first job when I was 16 & I will always remember him fondly. He was a true American patriot & a genuine advocate for ordinary, working-class people. He will be missed by all who knew him. Eternal peace to your Dad, Mom & Bobby!

Your cousin,

Dom DeNigris
January 29, 2013
sorry about the loss of your dad PJ and Dennis
Charels & gayle Bassett
January 28, 2013
Paul J Manafort, Sr. was a fine man, and he will be truly missed by all that knew him. Our heart felt condolences to Paul Jr and Dennis Manafort and their respective families. The Wallersteins
January 28, 2013
Paul you will be missed dearly. You gave of yourself to the city of New Britain, your family and freind. yon made all feel welcombed. My sympathy to all your family. You are my aunt alma brother and i know she loved you. RIP.
Dale Facey LaPre
January 28, 2013
Condolences to the entire Manafort family. My mom knew him well and was on his team when he ran for election and won. Thankyou for being you..
The Kowalczyk Family
January 27, 2013
I grew up hearing many stories of Mr. Manafort from my father who was President of the New Britain Police Union during Mr Manafort's time as Mayor. Although they did not agree at times, there was a great deal of respect between the two. My father also passed in May of 2012 and I'd like to think that in some way they are catching up on old times. What a great man. I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing your photos, I could not help but tear up while viewing them. It is obvious there is so much love in your family and he was happy. May God bless you during this time of sorrow.
Jennifer Petrucci
January 26, 2013
We are so sorry to hear of Mr. Manafort's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the Manafort family and especially our nephew Zac.
Brian and Jean Smith
January 26, 2013
So sorry to hear of your Dads passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

The Germain Family
Art & Bev. Germain
January 26, 2013
Sorry for your loss your dad was a great man
William Goulet
January 25, 2013
Please except my deepest sympathy. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Manafort family and especially Paul Jr. and Dennis.
Thom Bond
January 25, 2013
To the family of Paul Manafort, I am sorry for your loss. He was the brother of my Aunt Alma (Manafort) Cimadon. Both Paul and his wife Antoinet were very kind people. I remember many summers when we visited them at their cottage at Sound View which we all had wonderful times. RIP Paul and thank you for all your dedication to New Britain, CT.
Sharon Facey-Truglio
January 25, 2013
Mr. Manafort Thank you for all of your support and kindness towards my late father who had the upmost respect for you and your family. May you rest in peace.
Andrew Dean La Porta
January 25, 2013
An extraordinary man whose primary purpose was to be of service to his community and family. Despite so many accomplishments, he remained grounded in life with a wonderful sense of humor. I was lucky to know him. Our condolences to our close friend Paul and the Manafort family.
Bill Bray
January 25, 2013
PJ, Thank you very much for everything you done for your Dad until he passed away. May the lord bless you and your family and may you live long in Jesus mighty name. The good lord will be Shepperd forever.
Bismark Swanzy
January 25, 2013
Peace be with you
sharon gauthier
January 25, 2013
Paul exercising
sharon gauthier
January 25, 2013
Paul Exercising
An honor to have been involved with caring for Mr. Manafort. His family was dedicated to his comfort right up until the end of his life and respected his life by providing only the best for him. A wonderful man who helped many people and now he is at rest with his wife.
sharon gauthier
January 25, 2013
Irene and I would like to send our deepest sympathies. We are very grateful we had the opportunity to know Mr Manafort and we will always remember him fondly, he will be missed.
Jay & Irene Bond
January 25, 2013
Paul and Family: I am very sorry for your loss. I know how much all of you will miss your father. A wonderful man who touched many lives. A great American.
Alan Lasch
January 25, 2013
I am very sad for our loss; he was a wonderful father and grandfather and will be greatly missed. I'm grateful he was with us for so many years. I am so thankful we were able to celebrate this past Christmas with him (Thank you Paul and Kathy). It is never easy to lose a parent, no matter how hard we try to prepare ourselves. Paul, Kathy and Dennis, I am thinking of you and sending wishes for strength and peace of mind for you all at this very difficult time. May he rest in peace and rejoice at rejoining Antoinette and Bobby.
Linda Manafort
January 25, 2013
Mr. Manafort was a wonderful family man a a great civic leader. I always enjoyed being around him & I am proud that he was our mayor when I lived in New Britain so many years ago. I would like to extend my sympathy to the Manafort family, in particular my friend PJ. May God bless Mr. Manafort.
Jack Witham
January 25, 2013
Dennis & The Manafort Family, My deepest sympathy to you Dennis on your Father's passing. Remember all the good times with your Dad and it will bring a smile to your face. Love, Laura
Laura Niewinski
January 25, 2013
I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to Paul's family-especially, my friend Dennis. I will always remember with much affection the well-paved path between our two homes in Old Lyme. Love, Nancy Olson Michalski
Nancy Olson Michalski
January 25, 2013
Wow. What an incredible man. I did not know this wonderful citizen but I'm honored to read of such fabulous contibutions to CT communities and civic organizations. Another member of the 'Greatest Generation' has left us. I am humbled by these guys and all they've left for us.
A admiring stranger from Southington.
January 25, 2013
It was always a delight to work with Mr. Manafort. He was always there to help out. My sincere sympathy to all the Manafort family members.
frank smith
January 24, 2013
Paul, I do love you so much and I will always love you for who you are forever, You thought me a lot and I learnt alot from you as well! May you rest in perfect peace till we meet again in heaven.
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