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Edward John Vernon Manning

Also known as: Ed.

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We have been asked by a number of our friends for a copy of the Address given by Richard Forde-Johnson at Edward’s funeral. We are taking the liberty of making the circulation rather wider, as it will help us if our friends know a little more about Edward.

The Address is not in any sense an obituary, but we think that it captures something of the spirit of our son.

The Address

The following notes have been written by the family.

Edward John Vernon Manning – Edward to his parents, Ed to everybody else, was born in the Liverpool Maternity Hospital on 17 April 1971, a younger brother to Alex. His parents’ predominant memory of his early days was that he yelled from the moment he was put to bed until it was time to get up. It certainly blunted his mother’s ambition to have four more babies.

When the family moved into Cressington Park, Liverpool, Ed met up with his future best man, Will Owen-Hughes, and many were the scrapes the two got into together. The one that sticks in mind was the day they found two long steel rods in the garden, and, with great panache, they poked out all the windows in the greenhouse.

Ed was educated at Rugby and Southampton University, and whilst he made many friends and took part in many extra curricular activities – sailing in particular. However, he always managed to leave the sprint to the examination deadlines a little late. As a result, he re-took every academic year that it was possible to take, and, being Ed, managed to survive.

Whilst he was on his final year at Southampton, he met a very bright and attractive medical student, Victoria Stevenson, who, of course, subsequently became his wife. This fulfilled the Manning rule that if you are not a medic, you marry one.

On commencing work, his outstanding skills at organisation, marketing, and people management started to develop. He joined British Mediterranean, then a nascent airline with one plane, as a graduate sales clerk, and, five years later, he was the Commercial Manager of a large business, running planes to Europe and Africa. A real success story.

By this time, Ed and Vic’s son Tom had arrived on the scene, and, with daughter, Ella imminently expected, it was time to leave their Battersea flat to move to the North-West.

After several moves and jobs, Vics settled into the Ellesmere Medical Practice, and Ed took on a plural existence. This included

- the managership of Vic’s Practice, which his management skill transformed into a successful modern business. His reputation in this area resulted in further consultancy work, helping develop other practices in the area.

- the running of a Women’s Gym in Ellesmere. Ed would not want us to pass up the opportunity to mention that the gym is still going strong, and has vacancies for any lady members of the congregation who are feeling underexercised.

Ed and Vics have made many friends in the area round Ellesmere, and loved living here.

Ed was very active throughout his life. He loved the Lake District, where the family have a cottage, and, in recent years, introducing his children to fell-walking. He enjoyed tennis, and had a brief skirmish with riding and dressage (Vic’s love), before reverting to his first love – sailing. He sailed for his school team, and was recently a member of the winning Old Boys Team in the prestigious regatta held on the Solent. He raced and cruised the Stevenson family Folkboat, and, more recently, a Flying Fifteen in the same area. Vics, who was brought up to sail, was a great asset as a crew, and a just critic of his tactical errors. But most of all, he enjoyed introducing Tom to the sport, as he had been by his father in Rhosneigr, years ago.

So let us celebrate the life of a decent, honest, talented man, a lovely son, a super husband to Vics, a devoted father to Tom and Ella, and a friend to so many whose lives he enriched.

Please pray for him and his family.

Added by: William Owen Hughes on 7 February 2010.

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