John J. Manning Jr., 78, Sun advertising manager

July 18, 2004

John J. Manning Jr., a retired Sun advertising manager, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Thursday at Stella Maris Hospice. The Cockeysville resident was 78.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Parr Avenue, he was a 1943 Calvert Hall College High School graduate. He began working for The Sun as a part-time messenger who delivered advertising copy to downtown businesses. His work was interrupted by service in the Army during World War II. He attained the rank of sergeant and served with the infantry in France and Germany. He received a medal for his marksmanship.

After returning to the paper, he worked as a desk clerk in the advertising department.

He was among those employees who moved from the paper's old building at Charles and Baltimore streets to its present Calvert Street operation in 1949. He retired with 51 years' service in 1989 as an advertising manager.

Mr. Manning was a member of the Emerald Isle Club, the National Rifle Association and the Knights of Columbus. He was a past president of the Glenmore Gun Club.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 103 Church Lane, Cockeysville, where he was a member.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, the former Eileen L. McGuinness; four sons, Michael J. Manning of Delta, Pa., Patrick J. Manning of Stewartstown, Pa., Dennis J. Manning of White Hall and Daniel T. Manning of Fawn Grove, Pa.; four daughters, Kathleen A. Knowlton of Boynton Beach, Fla., Bridget E. Morisi of Baltimore, Moira R. Manning of Cockeysville and Sheila M. Robinson of Fawn Grove; a brother, Francis X. Manning of Baltimore; 19 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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