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Marshall Manning


September 30, 1939

Toronto, Ontario


February 27, 2024

Sarnia, Ontario


Manning, Marshall Edward

After a courageous battle, on Tuesday February 27, 2024, at Bluewater Health in Sarnia, at the age of 84. Marshall was the beloved husband of the late Reta (2013) for 52 years. He leaves behind his beloved three sons, Leon and Heather, David and Kim, and Kevin and Debbie. Cherished grandfather of Christopher (Taylor), Kayla (Steven), Tyler (Elizabeth) and Kamron (Carissa), and great-grandfather of Breahna, Ryder, Ellie, Brooklynn, and Jacob. Survived by his brother-in-law Dick McIntyre. Predeceased by his siblings Grant Manning, Gloria McIntyre, and Linda Lewis. Marshall took a chance on a new career. Reta and himself moved to Sarnia in the fall of 1963 and started their lives together. Marshall was cherished and loved by many. Over the years he had many hobbies including hunting, motorcycling, car racing, flying, camping, and boating. As he aged, he loved winters in the south camping. The last number of years he enjoyed his midweek lunches with friends, his Friday morning breakfasts with friends, and his Saturday morning breakfasts with family. The Manning family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to the Palliative Care staff at Bluewater Health for their compassionate care of Marshall. Cremation has taken place, and a Private Open House has taken place. Remembrances and condolences may by expressed to the family online in “Marshall’s Guestbook” at In lieu of flowers the family wishes donations be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Visitation & Services

Private Visitation

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Resurrection Cemetery


Cheques only please,
will be received at the funeral home


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Family Memories

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My condolences to the family/. “Marsh” Manning was a mentor to me and very much respected. He ran the machine shop supporting the research dyno and engine test facility, so he was a genius and meticulous in everything having to do with engines, cars, and airplanes. He was also the most personable person imaginable to educate the raw recruit idiots like me. I made excuses to talk to him at every opportunity and learned from every conversation. I will remember Marshall with the utmost respect.

To the Manning Family. We have fond memories of Marshall - offering our sincere sympathy, The Ontario West Retreads, Motorcycling Group;
John and Phyllis Buchner

Dear Marshall Family, My late husband (Simon) met Reta and Marshall at bike event at the London Fairgrounds. I believe it was our annual toy ride for kids. We all immediately clicked. Could it be that my own Dad’s name is Marshall, so anyone with that name, first or last are good in my books. I was so sad to read of Reta’s passing in 2013 and thought of Marshall often. Aside from the name commonality, Marshall & I had a love for the bag pipes. While visiting us in Ingersoll where we lived at the time, there happened to be a parade with an excellent pipe band! Your Dad & I had goosebumps listening - our spouses both hated it! Marshall was truly a gentleman and he could do absolutely anything and wasn’t afraid try. In the short time I knew him I grew to love him. I’m sure you will miss him very much. I will continue to think of him as always. May he rest in peace.
Carole Klaver

Leon, David & Kevin, I am so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. When I met him, we were seventeen years old. We double dated, rode motorcycles & cheered him on at many races at Delaware! He thought the world of you guys & of your Mom. Hugs, Glenna Orton🤗
Glenna Orton

My condolences to the Manning family. I worked with Marshall at Esso and he was such a kind and pleasant person to be around.
Mary Jane Faubert

Sending our sincere condolences to the Manning family. We never had the pleasure of meeting Marshall however Kayla has told us lots of stories and shared many memories of her grandpa. Hoping your family will find comfort in the many memories you have of your dad/grandpa. The Hill Family
Ron & Sandy Hill

To Marshall’s family:: It is sad to learn of Marshall’s passing. We worked together for years at the Esso Engine Test Lab. He was a great guy and a mentor for us in the operations section. Our condolences, R & I
Robert Smith

Marsh was a customer, friend and mentor to me. He is a great loss to his family and friends. When they came to the airport, Rita and Marsh were always together. Soar in the heavens my friend!
Clare Webb

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