Manny was the second of fifteen children, some of whom are here today: Martha, Esther, Florence, Ruth, Tuddy, Ginnie and Frank. He spoke only Armenian until he entered school. He was raised on Lancaster Avenue and Hamilton and Spring Garden Streets, and was actively involved in community and church sports and drama.
As an adolescent, he was something of a daredevil and enjoyed playing pranks. For example, he once ran a race in the streets of Philadelphia which put him in bed for two months. He hid his newborn sister Martha from their mother in a box under the bed and on the roof. He might punch in the hats of men visiting his father, or exchange the purse contents of women visiting his mother. He himself would jump from roof to roof three stories over the alleys of Philadelphia.
Manny graduated from West Philadelphia High School and entered the University of Pennsylvania at the age of 16. His academic and athletic prowess were well recognized, and he was hired onto the coaching staff of the Penn track team at the age of 17. While a student, he ran in the famed Penn Relays. He was known for his speed, running a 100 yard dash in just 10 seconds.
Upon graduation from Penn in 1932, he was hired by Sun Oil Company, which began 41 years with Sun. The first twelve years were spent at the refinery at SunÝs Marcus Hook.
He sought to enlist in the Navy during World War II, but was kept home because his occupation as chemical engineer was deemed crucial to National security. He served as an air-raid warden during World War II.
Manny moved from engineering to corporate management in the mid 1940Ýs, which took him to downtown Philadelphia. He played a key role in helping Sun move into the computer age. His responsibilities included college recruitment, where one of his successful recruits ended up becoming President of the company.
In 1942 he met a beautiful, young nursing student named Veronica Hansel, whom he courted until they married in 1945, having proposed to her on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
He and Ronnie George raised their three children, Tom, David, and Betty-Ann in Aldan, PA. He entertained his children with the adventures of his imaginative stories of the two characters Happy Ole and Gloomy Gus. A special memory of his children is Saturday nights under the care of their dad, enjoying a big bowl of popcorn, cherry sodas, Jackie Gleason on the old black and white 12-inch television screen, and wrestling on the living room floor. They shared good times in camping trips across the Eastern United States and picnics at Sun OilÝs recreational facility.
He believed strongly in the value of education, and in order to provide their children with the best opportunities, both Ronnie and Mannie worked long hours to bring in the necessary income. He supported Ronnie, who as a registered nurse, returned to Penn to complete her college education and become a fourth-grade teacher.
His church leadership included Northminster Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia and First Presbyterian Church in Darby where he served as Scoutmaster, Elder and Sunday School teacher. He was also involved at the Presbytery level. Forty years ago his family became members of Aldan Union Church.
MannyÝs family includes Tom and his wife Barbara, Dave and his wife Jayne, and Betty-Ann and her husband Bill, and his six grandchildren: Benjamin Thomas Lynerd, Sarah Elizabeth George, Stephen William Lynerd, Stephen Emmanuel George, Alison Laura George and Emily Rachel George.
By the time he retired he had taught at 25 years at Drexel Evening College and had earned an Masters in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. He served on the GovernorÝs State Education Board for Pennsylvania. He invented and patented a mathematical slide rule chart which ended up being sold widely across the nation. He enjoyed a 50-year membership in the American Chemical Society.
During his retirement, he served as an income tax counselor. In 1994 he and Ronnie moved to Riddle Village. He participated in various activities at Riddle such as the menÝs chorus and residential hall leadership.
His legacy for his children and grandchildren is his work ethic, his Christian faith which matched his way of living, his commitment to his family, and a vibrant prayer life.
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