For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar
MANNING, Vivian Clarence (Vic) - It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Vic Manning, of Grand Desert, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather at the age of 84. He died peacefully on December 9, 2017, with his loving family by his side. Vic was born June 9, 1933 in Devonport, England. He lost both his parents during the Second World War. When he was 16 he came to Canada. A year later he joined Her Majesty's Royal Canadian Navy and volunteered to serve in the Korean War. After returning to Canada Vic was posted to Halifax where he served as a radar plotter on HMCS Ontario, Athabaskan, Huron, Buckingham, Annapolis, Qu'Appelle, Magnificent, Bonaventure, and Skeena. He met the love of his life, Veronica Julien, at a dance hall in Halifax. They were married on July 16, 1955. From the day he met Veronica, her happiness always came first. Vic was very involved in his parish church, St. Anselm's, as a Eucharistic Minister, reader, and serving on Parish counsel. He was also a very dedicated member of the Knights of Columbus. After retiring from the navy he worked for Canada Post. Vic was very proud of his four children and instilled in them the importance of family. He would do anything for his children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. Family always came first. Vic was predeceased by his parents, Edwin Arthur 'Alf' Manning and Winnifred Elsie Kathleen (Virgo); brother in infancy, Edward; and sisters, Barbara Bradbury, Mavis Johnson, Dorothy Blaney and Margaret Whittaker. He is survived by his loving wife, Veronica (Julian); children, Craig (Stacie Fowler), Scott (Wendy Miller), Blair (Susan Saunders), Loretta (Wayne Matheson); grandchildren, Olivia, Carli, Gillian, Isabella, Nicole, Mitchell, Tyler and Lindsay and great-grandchildren, Lily and Amelia. Thank you to Dr. Laukkanen and nurses, Department of Radiation Oncology Halifax Infirmary, and to Dr. Smith, nurses and staff, Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Building. In particular, we would like to thank charge nurse Shannon, Palliative Care nurse Melanie and dining room staff Shelly for their compassion and kindness throughout Vic's admission and in particular during his last few days. Memorial mass will be held in St. Anselm's Parish at 11 a.m. on December 16th, Highway 207, West Chezzetcook. Reception to follow in St. Anselm's Church hall. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the charity of your choice.
During WW2, when he was 7 years old, Vic's father died at sea on Easter Sunday, 1941 while serving in HMS Rajputana, an armed merchant cruiser. One year later, on Easter Sunday, 1942, he lost his mother during a bombing in Gloucester when she worked in an airplane factory.
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