Patricia Loraine Sullivan Manning
Patricia Loraine Sullivan Manning, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the beloved daughter of William and D. Lorraine Sullivan. Pat spent her childhood years in Charlestown, MA along with her siblings, Anne, Billy, John, and Jane. The family were Parishioners of St. Catherine’s Church and Pat often talked about going to daily Mass with her father, Bill. Pat was dedicated to her mother Lorraine and as the eldest child, she assisted in raising the family, when her mother became ill. She met the love of her life, her future husband, James “Jim” Manning, in elementary school. They were lifelong friends and those of us who loved them, were constantly entertained by their unique form of communication and banter.
Pat lived in Charlestown for over sixty years, before moving to Del Tura, North Fort Myers, FL in 1993. Although she lived in Florida for close to thirty years, Pat always considered herself a Bostonian and a proud “Townie”.
Pat was the mother of sons Michael, and the late Robert Manning. Michael and his family, Nancy, Jennifer, and Nick were an important part of Pat’s life. She enjoyed their visits to Florida and the support that they provided to her. Mike was dedicated to both of his parents. Pat and Nancy had a close relationship and Pat always said, Nancy was the daughter she never had.
Before moving to Florida, Pat and Jim would take Jen and Nick to weekend breakfast’s and then to Pat’s favorite “hobby”, shopping. She could shop for endless hours! Whether it was doting on Jen with twirly dress purchases or letting Nick zoom around a toy store on a bike he wanted, she always let them enjoy themselves, in that moment of time. Sometimes too much for Jim! They were proud grandparents and loved spending time with the kids and later the Grandkids.
Pat loved to talk about her family heritage and her Maine roots, which can be traced back to the early settlers of New England. She had a relative that arrived from England on the Mayflower. She fondly remembered the summers that she spent in Maine picking blueberries, with her grandmother, “Grammy Johnson” and making blueberry pancakes.
Her passions were education, social work, reading, musicals, politics, and family. Pat prided herself in her ability to maintain her independence, wit, and keen art of negotiating, especially negotiating a “deal”. She loved fashion, scouring fashion magazines and later the internet, for the latest trends. Her love of shopping ran deep, and she could name off every designer from the 30’s forward. When online shopping became a thing, Pat thought she won the lottery!
She was happiest during the times that she spent with Jim, her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and extended family. She loved watching the family grow and enjoyed when family visited the area and stayed with her or stopped in for a visit.
Pat returned to school later in life to advance her career, attended the University of Massachusetts and received her bachelor’s degree in Public and Community Services in 1988, at the age of 57 and her Master’s in Education in 1991, at the age of 60. When most people were thinking about retiring, Pat was just ramping up to continue with her career. Never did she own her age, act her age, or let age stop her. She constantly said that she would still be working if she did not have back surgery and bad knees. She truly loved the challenges of school and her career. She had enrolled in a PHD program at the University of Massachusetts, but Jim was ready to golf and retire in Florida. He felt that he had “gone to college” long enough, right beside Pat, as he typed every paper that she submitted!
She worked tirelessly for her clients throughout the city of Boston and later in Fort Myers, to ensure that her clients’ needs were met or exceeded. Pat would tell stories of picking up the phone to call Ted Kennedy and Tip O’Neill’s office, when she hit a roadblock and needed services for her clients. She did not take no for an answer, in any area of her life. Pat worked with the elderly commission and later as a case worker for at-risk children and women, through the MA Department of Children and Family Services. She received numerous commendations and letters from the various agencies and families that she worked with, for her dedication to her clients. Pat was determined to live life her way and strived to advocate fiercely for her clients and those she loved.
After moving to Florida, Pat worked with the Lee Memorial Hospital, Lee County school systems and finished her career at the age of 80, at Lynx as a licensed claims adjuster. She was proud of her accomplishments and the fact that she chose to work until she was 80 years of age.
She mentored her much younger peers to assist them in passing the various state testing requirements. She was proud of her sharp memory and ability to never forget things. She would always laugh and say, “People can’t believe how old I am, everyone thinks I’m 60!” She used to leave Nick and Jen’s picture on her work desk and say they were her children.
Pat leaves behind her beloved son Michael Manning and his wife Nancy, their children, whom Pat adored, Jennifer Manning Harris and husband Jeremy Harris, along with her great grandchildren, Alyssa and Brianne Harris, her grandson, Nicholas Manning and his fiancée, Erin Norton. Her time with all of them was truly a blessing to Pat.
She also leaves her brother John Sullivan and his wife Linda, her sister-in law Margaret “Micki” Sullivan, brother-in-law Patrick Conroy, her Godchildren, Patty Cahill and Paula Sandham and many nieces and nephews, whom she loved dearly. Although Pat had not seen her son Bob’s children, Jeremy and Joshua Manning for many years, she always thought of them and remembered them by sending cards, throughout their childhood. She never forgot her lifelong friend Eleanor Hughes and always spoke fondly about the times they shared together.
Pat was preceded in death by her husband, James Manning and son, Robert Manning, her parents William and D. Lorraine Sullivan, her brother William Sullivan, sister Anne Cahill and Anne’s husband Tommy Cahill, and the recent loss of her sister, Jane Conroy. The sudden loss of Jane was very difficult for Pat, as Jane was close in age to her own children, and the youngest of the family.
Pat had been looking forward to celebrating her 90th birthday on August 10th. God had other plans. Pat passed away very suddenly and peacefully on August 5th, of natural causes. Many have said that when they see Pat’s pictures, they can hear her laughter. What a beautiful way to be remembered.
A Funeral Mass was held at St. Therese Catholic Church on Friday, September 10th at 10:30 a.m., at 20115 North Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers, FL. 33903. Internment followed at Sarasota National Memorial Cemetery, at 1:00 p.m. Pat’s final resting place will be alongside her husband Jim, together again for eternity. Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hands.
Friends are invited to send condolences via the on-line guest book which can be found at www.MullinsMemorial.com.
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.