John Manley

Obituary of John Steele Manley

STERLING, Va. - Jack Manley (John Steele Manley Sr.) died peacefully in his home in Sterling, Virginia on Tuesday, August 25 after a short illness. He was born on April 6, 1917 in Fairmont, West Virginia to parents C. Roy Manley and Velma Rex Manley. He is survived by his son Jack Manley Jr. and daughter-in-law JoAnne Loomis Manley (7361 Willow Brooke Dr., Spring Hill, FL 34606); his daughter-in-law Lois Murphy Manley of Ilion, NY; three daughters and two sons-in-law, M. Kathleen Manley (248 Remington Lane, Lyndonville VT, 05851), Susan M. Homyk and Daniel Homyk (12627 Heritage Farm Lane, Oak Hill VA, 20171), Lynn A. Reichard and Dr. Peter Reichard (8 Cliffside Way Boonton Township, NJ 07005). He is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Sr. Mary of the Assumption of Springfield, Ma. and Selma Manley of Forest Hills, NY and his grandchildren: Jon Manley, Joan Schubert, Jeffrey Manley, Janet Austin, Heather Manley, Shannon Manley, Kelley Calkins, Alyssa Homyk, Kaylee Homyk, Thad Reichard and Tess Reichard as well as eight great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Mary M. "Rusty" Manley and his son Robert R. Manley. Jack attended Fairmont University, graduated from West Virginia University and in 1941 received a degree of Doctor of Jurisprudence from West Virginia College of Law. He was admitted to practice law in West Virginia in 1941 and in New York State in 1953. Jack was also admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals in the Fourth Circuit (1945) and the Second Circuit (1966) and the United States District Courts of Northern New York and Northern West Virginia. Jack and his life-long friend Paul Carter started their own firm, Carter & Manley, where they practiced law from 1953 to 1988. Jack was a proud member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and was president of the Herkimer County Bar Association. Jack also served as Ilion's Village Attorney and Urban Renewal Attorney, and as school board attorney for Ilion, Herkimer, and Poland for 25, 10, and eight years, respectively. He served on the Board of Directors of the Mid New York Legal Aid Society, was the attorney for the Ilion Board of Water Commissioners for 17 years, and was a member of the National Panel of the American Arbitration Association. Jack served two terms as the mayor of Ilion from 1955-1959, during which time he organized the first Mayors Conference of Ilion, Mohawk, Frankfort and Herkimer, which then became the Mohawk Valley Conference of Mayors and Other Municipal Officials and the Central Mohawk Valley Alliance. In 1965 Jack was appointed as the first administrator of the County Indigent Defendants Program where he organized and established the first program of its kind in Herkimer County. Jack also had many personal and social interests. He was a member of the Syracuse Opera Club, the Piseco Yacht Club, the Piseco Fish and Game Association Clubs, the Ilion Conversation Club, the Ilion Shakespeare Club, the Ilion Little Theater Club, and was a life member, Exalted Ruler, and presiding justice for the Ilion Elks Lodge. He was most recently a member of the Galilee United Methodist Church of Sterling, Va. and was formerly a member of the First United Methodist Church of Ilion, NY where he served as the superintendent of the Sunday school and was on the board of trustees and administrative council. Jack was a family man with a zest for life. He and his wife Rusty traveled extensively throughout their lives together but there wasn't a family dinner, cocktail hour, birthday celebration, or family social occasion that he missed. He was fond of sailing, a hobby he most recently enjoyed at his camp on Piseco Lake in July 2009, and also loved fishing, skiing, reading and listening to music. Services will be held at the Galilee United Methodist Church in Sterling, Va. on Aug. 28, 2009 at 11 a.m. A committal service will be held at a future date in Ilion, NY. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Capital Hospice, 6565 Arlington Blvd., Suite 500, Falls Church, Va. 22042 or Galilee United Methodist Church, 45425 Winding Rd., Sterling, VA 20165. The Evening Telegram, Aug. 27, 2009
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