ST. ALBANS – Mr. Morris J. “Harpo” Manchester, age 87, died Aug. 31, 2013 at the Franklin County Rehab Center after a lengthy illness. He was born May 8, 1926, in St. Albans, son of the late Arnold and Geraldine (Morris) Manchester. Harpo served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII. He returned and began work at the Central Vermont Railway, service as a brakeman and conductor for 44 years, retiring in 1988. June 17, 1961, he married Laura Supernault. Harpo was a member of the American Legion Post #1, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #758. He enjoyed flying, making model airplanes. He played clarinet and saxophone for Sterling Weed’s Imperial Orchestra.
Besides his wife Laura, Harpo is survived by his daughter Carla Lemire and her husband Ron, his son Mark Manchester all of Swanton, his daughter Gerry Manchester of St. Albans, his five grandchildren, Jarrid and Jordin Lemire, Emilie and Kailie Manchester and Harley Demag II, his brother Gregory Manchester of Michigan, and sister Anna Mary Lipinski of Florida. He was predeceased by his parents and his sister Barbara Schulties.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at 11 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church. Friends may call at the Brady and Levesque Funeral Home, 86 South Main Street, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass. Interment will follow in the Manchester family lot in Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 77 Hegeman Ave, Colchester, VT 05446. Online condolences may be sent to Harpo’s family at the funeral home website: www.bradyandlevesque.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Brady & Levesque Funeral Home and Commemorative Services.