Michael Manning Obituary
Michael was a good, kind man, always polite. He had trials and tribulations in his life.
Michael was predeceased by his mother Phyllis Kearns, his father John, his daughter Tara, his fun brother Shawn, and his brother Patrick who helped him through all the tough times : In his own words, « He was so strong for me ».
He leaves to mourn Pam Manning and brother Brian, as well as many good friends.
Following the murder of his beautiful daughter Tara on May 5, 1994, Michael went on a cross-country crusade to persuade Canadians and the Canadian government to pass a DNA law in 1995. He left before Victoria Day of 1995, and on June 23,1995 Bill C104 passed third reading in Parliament. A female Liberal member of parliament told him « In the history of parliament , you are the first person to speak to parliament from the gallery without getting thrown out! » The Mannings were all clapping, the speaker of the House, Mr. Parent, followed, and then the rest of parliament rose and gave the Mannings a standing ovation. That is when Michael stood up and adressed Parliament : « I thank you not just on behalf of the Manning family, but on behalf of all Canadians because you just made Canada a safer place to live. Thank- you, especially Allen Rock. »
He leaves the following message to his family and friends : « I would like to thank Pam Manning and brother Brian for all their support over the years. I would like to thank Shawn, Wayne, Trevor, Neil Manning and their families for always being my friends. Thanks Colleen and Ed for all your help. Thanks Carole for giving us Jazmin and Tara. Thanks Riche for being a friend. Thanks to my best buddy Colin Brophy and kids Neanne and Christopher for always being there. Thanks to my best friend Sharon Lecomte and beautiful Samantha for being there through the good and bad times. You both were always there for me. Hugs and kisses to you all. I’m sorry I had to leave so soon. Finally, I thank all my AA friends, especially Steve, and all my baseball buddies. I’ll miss every one of you. Love and peace to all. Help stop violence-give peace a chance. »
Resting at J.J. Cardinal Funeral Home, 560 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval, H9S 2B3 (514-631-1511). The family will receive condolences on Sunday, November 5, from 10 am to 12 noon, and from 1 pm to 3:30 pm.
To read about the DNA law, google Tara Manning Canadian Murders.