James M. McManus

November 3, 2008

James M. McManus

JAMES M. McMANUS – Age 52, of Woburn, unexpectedly in India, November 3rd. Beloved son of Edward and Barbara (McGowan) McManus. Dear brother of Edward McManus and his wife Veronica, Gerard McManus and his wife Charlene, and Karen Olson and her husband Michael, all of Woburn. Loving uncle of Gerard, Ryan, and Shawn McManus, Bridgette, Kaleigh, and Colleen McManus, and Shaelyn Olson. Also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Wednesday, November 12th at 9:15 a.m. Funeral Mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn, at 10. Calling hours Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Jim’s memory to the Rainforest Foundation, Inc., 32 Broadway, Suite 1614, New York, NY 10004 (www.rainforestfoundation.org). Late retired Captain, Woburn Fire Department.

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OBITUARY:

James M. McManus, a retired Captain with the Woburn Fire Department, died unexpectedly on Monday, November 3rd, while traveling in India. The beloved son of Edward and Barbara (McGowan) McManus, he was fifty-two years of age.

Born and raised in Woburn, he attended Woburn schools and graduated from Woburn High School with the Class of ’73. He went on to earn an Associates Degree from Middlesex Community College. Appointed to the Woburn Fire Department in 1974, he rose to the rank of Captain, working out of Engine 3 in Central Square. Following his retirement five years ago, he followed his passion of traveling the world. He spent time in the Cayman Islands, Panama, and even lived in Brazil for a time in order to learn the language. Jim purchased land in Costa Rica and had spent his winters there for several years, often inviting his family members to join him there on vacations. A true adventurer, he lived simply and traveled lightly, often with just a backpack, enjoying nature and the outdoors. He was keenly involved in yoga and meditation and had spent recent weeks in India exploring his interests. Preserving the rainforests was another of his passions.

Jim was an avid boater and fisherman. He summered in the Great Neck section of Gloucester and had taken sailing lessons in order to captain a boat, which he had hoped to enjoy next summer. He was also an aspiring pilot.

Along with his parents, Edward and Barbara McManus of Woburn, he is survived by two brothers, Edward McManus and his wife Veronica, and Gerard McManus and his wife Charlene, and a sister, Karen Olson and her husband Michael, all of Woburn. He was the beloved uncle of Gerard, Ryan, and Shawn McManus, Bridgette, Kaleigh, and Colleen McManus, and Shaelyn Olson. Also surviving are many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Wednesday, November 12th at 9:15 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn, at 10. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Donations may be made in Jim’s memory to the Rainforest Foundation, Inc., 32 Broadway, Suite 1614, New York, NY 10004 (www.rainforestfoundation.org).

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  1. Laure Porter (Landi) – I was so saddened to hear about Jim’s untimely death. We hung around together for many years in our youth. Most recently a group of ‘old school kids’ went to a reunion of sorts at Kiddies. It was nice to see him again and hear about all his adventures. I was fascinated to hear about his life style and was impressed by his inner peace and demeanor. He will be missed by many people. My condolences and love to his family.

  2. “Dont call me Captain..my name is Jimmy”. One of the most down to earth guys to walk through the door at the WFD. As laid back as they come. Jimmy had our backs at any fire we went too,was never afraid to call for help, and always got us home at the end of the shift. A great guy whos been missed since the day he retired. Rest in peace “Jimmy”.

  3. Jimmy was a great guy and friend to all of us. He will be dearly missed The boys at Staion #3 will not forget you.

    WFD

  4. Please know that we have all of you in our thoughts and prayers. Words cannot express how sorry we are, Jimmy will be surely remembered for a caring son, brother, and devoted uncle.
    The Hammond’s

  5. Carolyn (MacFarland) Cribbie
    My kids used to love to go across the street to the station when Jim was working – David to just visit, Marie to play ping-pong. He left them with some great memories. May your own memories of good times with him comfort you at this difficult time.

  6. Anne Bardelli Dear Aunt Barbie,Uncle Eddie, Eddie,Jerry and Karen, I am so very sorry for your loss. Jimmy was such a wonderful person and he will be greatly missed. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love,Anne

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