John F. "Mickey" McManigle (1925 - 2015)

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John F. "Mickey" McManigle, 89, 166 West Fourth St., Emporium, died Sunday night, July 19, 2015, at Penn Highlands DuBois, following a brief illness.
Born Aug. 9, 1925, at the family home on West 6th Street, Emporium, he was the second of eight children of the late John F. and Mariam Cooper McManigle.
He was a lifelong Emporium resident who cherished his family and friends.
In 1945 he met Doris Pollard, a young waitress at the Cabin Kitchen. Doris became the love of his life and on April 1, 1950, they were married in the First Presbyterian Church, Emporium. They often joked that they married on April Fool's day . . . just in case. They celebrated their 58th anniversary prior to her passing Sept. 30, 2008.
Mickey graduated from Emporium High School in 1943. He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Mickey worked at Sylvania for over 42 years as a journeyman (master) tool and die maker.
He took great pride in building machines used in the production of picture tubes and other Sylvania products during the height of Sylvania's popularity.
He worked as manager and president at Emporium Water Company.
One of his proudest achievements was overseeing the design and construction of the filtration plant.
For more than 25 years he also served as the president of Cameron Land Development.
Mickey and Doris were charter members of the Emporium Country Club. Mickey was proud of Doris's achievements, including 19 Club Championships, and was always eager to regale family and friends with the story of his own 'march' to the 1965 Fourth Flight Championship.
Mickey and Doris were winter residents of Cape Canaveral, Fla., for more than 25 years.
They lived in the Villages of Seaport where they became lifelong friends with fellow 'snow birds' from around the United States and Canada.
Mickey and Doris often shared how significantly these relationships enriched their lives. Mickey particularly enjoyed the daily 3-mile walk around the jetty and evening 'happy hour' with friends.
In addition, Mickey was an ardent supporter of Cocoa Beach high school basketball, highlighted by traveling to a Cocoa playoff game on the team charter.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Emporium, where he served as trustee, deacon and financial secretary.
He was also an active member of the Cape Canaveral Christ Lutheran Church for more than 20 years.
Mickey was a life member of the American Legion Olkosky-Jessop Post 194, a 50-year member of the Emporium Lodge #382, F&AM and the Coudersport Consistory and member of the Loyal Order Of Moose Lodge #368.
Mickey was an avid outdoorsman and member of the Bucktail Rod & Gun Club. He was also a member of the Cameron County Historical Society.
He was a co-founder of the Emporium HOOP Club in Emporium where he served the organization as officer in many capacities. Years ago he was a Little League Baseball Manager and Boy Scouts of America Troop 52 Committeeman.
Survivors include a son, Dr. John E. McManigle and his wife, Eleanor, Rockville, Md.; a daughter, Jo Ann Crosby, Lewistown; very special friend, Sharon DeCarli of Emporium; four grandchildren: Jessica Lynn, Lewistown, Dr. John Edward Jr., Dr. William Cameron and Lorne Elizabeth, Durham, N.C.; two great-granddaughters, Danika and Ireland, Lewistown; five sisters, Jean Dunkleberger of Emporium, Virginia, Mrs. Larry Pope, Lawrenceville, Ga., Phyllis Sullivan, Emporium, Maxine George, Emporium, Judy Mongillo, Bradford; sister-in-law, Sarah (Hathaway) McManigle, Emporium; and many nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by an infant son, James Allen McManigle in 1961; brother, David McManigle in 2011; and a sister, Elaine McManigle in 2013.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at the Barnett Funeral Home, 207 E. Fourth St., Emporium. The family will receive friends at Barnett Funeral Home one hour prior to the service.
Memorial donations may be made in his honor to the First Presbyterian Church, Emporium or to the Hahne Regional Cancer Center, Penn Highlands, DuBois.
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Published in The Courier Express from July 26 to July 27, 2015
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