Johnnie Manzari Sr., car and boat upholsterer

November 05, 2008|By JACQUES KELLY

Johnnie Manzari Sr., a retired auto and boat upholsterer, died of cancer Oct. 28 at a son's Bowleys Quarters home. He was 81 and lived in White Marsh.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Middle River, he attended Baltimore County public schools but left school early to help support his family.

He served in the Army during World War II and was stationed in the Philippines.

He became an auto upholsterer at the old Charley Brackett's on Eastern Avenue in the Middlesex section of Baltimore County. He worked on car interiors and convertible tops, and later established his own business in Aberdeen. In 1960, he moved it to Havre de Grace.

He retired in 2001.

Mr. Manzari also worked on furniture and made boat tops and cushions.

As a young man, he raced boats and go-carts, and later took flying lessons and rebuilt an airplane in his garage. He was also a Harley-Davidson owner and rider, and often rebuilt autos, which he then sold.

"He was generous beyond words," said his daughter-in-law, Honey Manzari. "He had an incredible amount of friends from all walks of life."

Services were held Saturday in Abingdon.

Survivors include three sons, John Manzari Jr. of Bowleys Quarters, Russ Manzari of White Marsh and Dan Manzari of Forest Hill; three brothers, Mike Manzari, Tom Manzari, and Angelo Manzari Jr., all of Essex; two sisters, Nellie Pastore of Rosedale and Josephine Manzari of Joppatowne; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. His wife of 49 years, Gloria Sally Spore, died in 2002.

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