Joseph W. ‘Joe’ McManus

December 13, 2015

Joseph W. ‘Joe’ McManus
U.S. Veteran

US Navy

Korean War Veteran

JOSEPH W. “JOE” McMANUS-of Woburn, Sunday, December 13th. Beloved husband of the late Patricia (Mahoney) McManus. Devoted father of Kevin McManus and his wife Jeanine of W. Roxbury, Gerald McManus and his wife Zuleide of Roslindale and Carolyn Bagiardi and her husband Larry of FL. Dear brother of Philip McManus and his wife Bonnie, Elizabeth Carpenter and her late husband Donald, all of Woburn, Jane Marciano and her husband Anthony of FL, Ellen Hennelly and her late husband John of Winchester, Judy Limonciello and her husband Joseph, Paula Doherty and her late husband James “Jimmy-Joe”, all of Woburn, James McManus and his wife Jan of Melrose, and the late John McManus, Margaret Donaghey and her husband Stephen, Alice MacLeod and her husband Norman, and Stephen T. “Skippy” McManus. Loving brother in-law of Ann M. McManus of Woburn and Dorothy McManus of Billerica. Cherished grandfather of Christopher, Matthew, Sean, Lindsey, and Brittney. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, December 18th at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10 a.m. Interment in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours, Thursday, December 17th, 4 to 8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Joe’s memory to the American Legion, George A. Campbell Post 101, 194 Lexington Street , Woburn, MA 01801.

OBITUARY:

Joseph W. “Joe” McManus a life long resident of Woburn passed away at the Mass General Hospital, Sunday, December 13th after brief illness. The beloved husband of the late Patricia “Patsy” (Mahoney) McManus, Joe was eighty-four years of age. Born in Woburn, Joe was the son of the late Philip J. and Elizabeth (Coleman) McManus.

Raised in the South End of Woburn, Joe attended Woburn Schools and was a graduate of Woburn High School with the Class of 1949. Needless to say being one of twelve children in the McManus household there was always activity and sporting events happening in, about and around the home and neighborhood through out those growing up years! A solid foundation in their Catholicism, the McManus family was very devout. Even over the years all the siblings would gather at the “homestead” every Sunday Mass following Church for coffee, donuts and great family chatter.

Joe served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. He served proudly and has always remained a Veteran with great dignity and respect.

In the early sixties Joe secured a position with the Massachusetts State Department of Unemployment, where he remained for over thirty five years; it was there that he met the love of his life Patsy Mahoney.

In 1965 they were married and brought three beautiful children, a daughter and twin boys into the world to whom they were devoted. Joe cherished being a Dad and later a “Grandpa” and was very active in all his children’s and grandchildren’s activities. Baseball fields, softball fields, dance recitals and cheerleading, whatever they did he was there to share in the activity.

Family vacations to Hampton Beach were always on the docket for summertime. It was there that many of the McManus family shared in all the “fun in the sun” activities.

Joe and his wife travelled extensively throughout the United States. They had an RV, which took them to the Grand Canyon, Rocky Mountains, Disneyworld and Disneyland to name just a few spots. They had a ball!

Joe loved to read, listen to Irish music and take wonderful walks around Horn Pond with his ole’ best and faithful friend “Rainy.”

Family, faith and love surrounded Joe all of his life. They began as his foundation and continually grew over his lifetime, which will remain close in the hearts of all he knew.

Joe was an active member of both the VFW and American Legion, where he had served on the Board of Directors and also as a Past Commander.

Along with his parents, Philip J. and Elizabeth J. (Coleman) McManus, Joseph was sadly predeceased by his wife Patricia “Patsy” (Mahoney) McManus; his siblings, John McManus, Margaret Donaghey and her husband Stephen, Alice MacLeod and her husband Norman, and Stephen T. “Skippy” McManus; and his brother in-laws, Donald Carpenter, John Hennelly, and James “Jimmy-Joe” Doherty.

Joseph is lovingly survived by his children, Kevin McManus and his wife Jeanine of W. Roxbury, Gerald McManus and his wife Zuleide of Roslindale and Carolyn Bagiardi and her husband Larry of FL; his siblings, Philip McManus and his wife Bonnie, Elizabeth Carpenter, all of Woburn, Jane Marciano and her husband Anthony of FL, Ellen Hennelly of Winchester, Judy Limonciello and her husband Joseph, Paula Doherty, all of Woburn, and James McManus and his wife Jan of Melrose; his sister in-laws, Ann M. McManus of Woburn and Dorothy McManus of Billerica; and his grandchildren, Christopher, Matthew, Sean, Lindsey, and Brittney.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, December 18th at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 10a.m. Interment in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours, Thursday, December 17th, 4 to 8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Joe’s memory to the American Legion, George A. Campbell Post 101, 194 Lexington Street , Woburn, MA 01801.

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  1. I wanted to express my condolences to the family of Joe McManus. I encourage you to read Romans 5:8 in which we appreciate the sacrifice of Jesus and then please read Psalm 37:29 where we have a promise for all mankind to live on Paradise earth.

  2. McManus family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. The ones we love are never gone but live within our hearts. May you know peace and comfort. Thank you Joe for always being there as a veteran.

    God bless,

    Charlie & Sandy Culhane

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