William E. Manley

William E. Manley
 William E. Manley born 10/13/1927 passed on December 27, 2020 after a long battle with a variety of medical issues over the past few years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy 1945-1948. Bill grew up in West Medford, the youngest of three brothers. 
Bill was a personable man talking with people from all walks of life, making new friends and always willing to lend a helping hand.  He was a consummate salesman working initially for Colgate Co. then in educational school supplies for J.L. Hammett of Braintree for 42 years. He was trusted and well-liked by his customer base giving them a fair deal and great service.  
Finally in 1991 he was able to retire to his beloved Cape Cod in North Chatham after spending summers in West Harwich since 1961.  Bill was active in the community serving on the Chatham Historical Commission for 27 years.  He was a regular at Sandi’s Diner after a chance encounter with Sandi during his initial First Night Celebration.  Always a new friend. He was an avid golfer during his earlier years of retirement and loved to walk the beach and Cape trails.
Bill is survived by son Mark of Scituate, nephew David Manley of Gloucester and Michael Manley of Flemington, New Jersey. In-laws Larry Donoghue of San Antonio/Chatham; Margarite and George Gilfoil of Portland, Maine;  Nancy Donoghue of Columbus, Ohio, and the MacKinnon family of Westwood. Bill was formerly known to the younger generation as UB—his wife Mary always wrote extensive notes on all the Christmas cards each year so there was little space for Bill to sign, hence his initials for Uncle Bill. He filled in as surrogate grandfather whenever the occasion warranted as he had no grandchildren of his own and enjoyed it immensely.
A Celebration of Life and Catholic Mass will be scheduled for next summer as the pandemic recedes.  Please send donations in his memory to the American Cancer Society (Bill was a cancer survivor).