MILLINOCKET – Eugene Anthony Manzo Jr., 87, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at a Lincoln healthcare facility. Gene – Junior – Brownie was the fourth of 15 children born to Eugene and Mary (Moscone) Manzo. He was born in Millinocket at home, Oct. 9, 1925.
Gene was educated in the Millinocket school system. He earned his GED while employed by the Great Northern Paper Company. He retired as a Master Journeyman millwright with 35 years of service in February 1987. He was a life member of BPOE Lodge No. 1521 where he proudly served as Exalted Ruler in 1980. He was also a 50 year member of the Carpenters and Joiners Union Local 658. On Sept. 1, 1952, Gene married Margaret Lyden, also of Millinocket. Together they raised five children. Gene had a gift with woodworking. He built his home on Prospect Street, his camp at South Twin Lake, gun cabinets for each of his sons, and desks for his wife and daughter.
In addition to his wife, Margaret, Gene is survived by sons, David E. and wife, Beth, Michael J. and wife, Denise, James A. and fiancée, Lisa Leeman, all of Millinocket, Eugene III (Tony) and wife, Francine of Biddeford, and daughter, Janet Travis of Bradley; 10 grandchildren, Eugene IV (Tony) and fiancée, Mary Willey, Shawna Illingworth, Brian and wife, Rachel, Scott and wife, Rachel, Michael Jr., Josh and wife, Renee, Kara and friend, Derek Meader, Julia, and Dustin; great-grandchildren, Bradley, Carter, Chassidy, Gabriel and Scarlett; brothers, Angelo and wife, Mary Elaine, Fred and wife, Kathy, Robert and wife, Karol, and Paul; sister, Carmen Doe and husband, John H.; brothers-in-law, Ozzie Porter, Richard Lowell, and Pete Portwine; and sisters-in-law, Darlene Manzo and Jeanne Lyden; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He also leaves behind many friends, including his pool hall buddies and neighbors in Port Orange, Fla., as well as fellow retirees of Great Northern Paper. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by five brothers, Nat, Johnny, Joe, John, and Carl; four sisters, Effie Forshner, Esther Porter, Antoinette Lowell and Barbara Hale.
Friends may visit with the family Wednesday, Sept. 4 from 4-8 p.m. at Lamson Funeral Home, 11 Tamarack St., Millinocket, where the BPOE Lodge No. 1521 will do a service at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church of Christ the Divine Mercy Parish, 19 Colby St., Millinocket, with Rev. Joel Cyr, pastor, presider. Gifts in Gene’s memory may be sent to St. Martin’s Food Pantry, 19 Colby St., Millinocket, ME or to the Katahdin Area Support Group, P.O. Box 374, Millinocket, ME 04462. Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com.