Franklin B. Manley, Sr.
Franklin B. Manley, Sr.
  • June 19, 1929 - October 5, 2017
  • Rye, Connecticut

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Franklin Brownell Manley, aged 88, passed away peacefully at Greenwich Hospital on Thursday, October 5, 2017 surrounded by his loving family, after complications associated with his Parkinson's disease. Until recently, Frank and his devoted wife Barbara of 65 years, were long-time Greenwich, CT residents in Field Point Park where they resided for over 40 years. In the Spring of 2016, they downsized and moved to The Osborne in Rye, New York.
Mr. Manley was born on June 19, 1929 in Genesee Depot, WI, named for the train depot of the Wisconsin and Calumet Railroad, now the Wisconsin and Southern Railroad, that formerly served the town. Frank was the youngest son born to Robert Russell and Abbie Louise (Brownell). Frank's dear brother Robert R. Manley, Jr. and his wife Son predeceased him, as did Frank's half-sister, Dorothy Pollard. Mr. Manley was a sympathetic, kind and generous man who never forgot his humble beginnings.
Frank and Barbara Louise Connell were high school sweethearts and met taking piano lessons with Mrs. Chapman, who further nurtured Frank's love of music. They both attended the University of Wisconsin, where Frank graduated with an Economics degree. Frank and Barbara were married on April 19, 1952 and recently celebrated 65 wonderful years together. Frank was a proud patriot and served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Frank and Barbara wrote hundreds of letters to each other during this time, which the family still retains, and which bears a wonderful love story. Additionally, for years Frank and Barbara would attend the large Memorial Day parade in Fairfield with Stuart and his family and Frank felt such pride to be there as a Veteran.
After the war, Frank's brother urged him to apply for a full scholarship from General Electric to attend the prestigious International Institute for Management Development ("IMD") in Geneva, Switzerland (formerly the Graduate Centre D'etudes Industrielles) where he received an Executive M.B.A degree. Frank and Barbara loved to travel and their first child, Charles, was born in Geneva. Frank had a very successful and long career working as a Management Consultant eventually starting his own firm, Frank B. Manley & Company in Greenwich, CT. Prior, Frank also worked for the Aluminum Company of Canada (now Alcoa), Combustion Engineering, Renault Inc., Sibson & Company, Inc. and Alexander & Alexander. Frank was also an Assistant Professor at the University of Laval in Quebec and later went on to author and publish several articles on executive compensation.
Frank was very active in the arts community and was very generous with both his time and resources including The University of Wisconsin Foundation, Chazen Museum of Art (University of Wisconsin), The Greg Smith Singers (New York), The Bruce Museum and The Greenwich Choral Society. Frank and Barbara were passionate supporters of the New York Philharmonic, The Opera, SUNY Purchase, and Yale Performing Arts.
Frank loved a party and never turned down an invitation. If there wasn't a party, Frank would be the first to volunteer to host one. Frank and Barbara loved to entertain in their 'dream home' with family and friends. Frank threw himself multiple birthday bashes and who could forget the annual holiday Sing-A-Long concerts with The Greg Smith Singers!
Frank is survived by his devoted wife Barbara and their four sons: Charles and his wife Robin Blair (Riverdale, NY), Richard and his wife Cinnamon (Dallas, TX), Stuart and his wife Jane (Fairfield, CT), and Frank Jr. (Ridgefield, CT), in addition to seven beloved grandchildren: Morgan (NYC), Aiden and Emma (Charles); Nicholas and Rachel (Richard); and Kathryn and her husband Michael (Hopkinton, MA) and Ross (Stuart).
Frank is also survived by several sisters-in-law and their families: Jean Bassindale, Kate Allured, and a brother-in-law Bill Connell as well as several adored nieces and nephews and their families. Frank loved the holidays, getting the whole family together and especially cherished annual Thanksgiving dinners at the Hopkin Inn at Waramaug Lake and Christmas with Stuart and his family.
The family will celebrate his life on Monday, October 9 with calling hours from 3 - 7 p.m. at the Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, 31 Arch Street, Greenwich. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, October 10 at the First Congregational Church in Old Greenwich, CT at 11 a.m. A private interment for the family will take place at Putnam Cemetery on Parsonage Road, Greenwich. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that a donation be made to the University of Wisconsin Foundation in the name of Frank B. Manley, Sr. Donations can be mailed to: UW Foundation, Attention Gift Processing, 1848 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53726-4090. To leave online condolences please visit