Remembering Bob Manere

Longtime and highly respected Westport teacher and coach Bob Manere died Monday, at his Weston home. He was 88.

His roots in Westport were long and deep. He was born here in 1932, son of highway supervisor Anthony Manere and his wife, the vivacious Angelina.

Manere graduated from Staples High School, then earned undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Bridgeport.

He served in both the Navy and Marine Corps during the Korean War.

Bob Manere

Manere was known to thousands of Westport youngsters, and their parents, as a physical education teacher who cared about every student, no matter their ability; a health education instructor, administrator and perhaps most notably, a victorious, sportsmanship-minded basketball, baseball and football coach, at Coleytown Junior High School.

He was also an avid golfer, and a dedicated New York Yankees fan.

In addition to his wife Frances, Bob’s survivors include his sons Brian of Bethel, Robert (Robin) of Bethel, and Michael Manere fiancée Lisa of Hudson, Massachusetts: his sister Shirley Candee of Easton; 7 grandchildren, 2 great- grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to attend a funeral on Friday (September 17, 10 a.m.) at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Weston for a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow in Assumption Cemetery on Greens Farms Road in Westport, with full military honors. The family will receive friends in the Harding Funeral Home 210 Post Road East, Westport tomorrow (Thursday September 16, 5 to 8 p.m.).

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12 responses to “Remembering Bob Manere

  1. Working with Bob on the Coleytown faculty from 1973-84, when he was Division Coordinator of Health/PE and the Arts, I was continually impressed by his attention to the best approach for the kids, whether on the soccer field, in Home Ec, playing in the orchestra or painting in an art class. He was the best type of educator in that he cared for the kids and he believed in his colleagues.

  2. Coach Manere started something called the “Leaders Club” at CJHS. We got cool green shirts to wear and we would lead runs and excercises. Id made you feel kind of cool. After gym he told us to pick up the wet towels and make sure all the equipment was put away. He told us…..that was the cool part, now get to class.

  3. Jenny Rago McCarthy

    I loved Mr. Manere so much! He truly is one of my most favorite teachers I ever had! My days at Coleytown were pretty wonderful. It was because of teachers like him. I’m so sorry to hear of his passing.
    My condolences to his family.

  4. One of the pillars of a Westport education. Great man, great teacher but most importantly the most inclusive mentor I have ever had. Never played for him but chose me to be in the “Leaders Club” at CJHS back in the day which made a huge impact on my development. Had the pleasure to catch him for a round of golf a few years ago, wish we had more time together. Condolences to the Manere family. Fond, fond memories.

  5. Echoing Mike Elliot’s comments.

    Coach Manere was an inclusive educator before a bunch of us gangly and uncoordinated teenagers knew what inclusiveness was 🙂

    Everyone played, everyone participated in Coach Manere’s PE classes and I’m sure the confidence boost way back when helped many of us remain the 50+ yr old athletes we are today !

    Condolences to the Manere family.

  6. Bonnie Scott Connolly

    Was Coach Manere ever at Bedford Jr HIgh also? Didn’t he work with Coach Hall? I’m thinking about 1963 or 1964?

  7. Robert Selverstone

    Bob Manere was a prince of a man. A fine example of what we hope all educators might be. Westport was indeed fortunate to have had him.

  8. Jay Tormey '66

    Yes he did. Coach Hall and Coach Manere were the best coaches that Bedford Junior ever had. They led the way into our manhood. They were the best. RIP Ed and Bob

  9. Blessings on you Bob. A very special human being.

  10. steven W Mccoy

    Bob Manere was one of my favorite teachers throughout the Westport system. He started at Bedford Jr and moved over to Coleytown when it opened in 1965. Very warm and supportive to all. Fran was my dental hygienist and equally wonderful!

  11. Coach Manere was without question one of the best teachers and mentors I had at CJHS and after. He made sure that each student knew he was there for them, whether it was in PE class or just around school he always made you feel welcomed and special. He knew everyone’s name. As a coach he was fair, disciplined and stressed to each of us to work as hard as we could to improve daily. After CJHS and SHS and SCSC I was lucky to return to CJHS as a football, wrestling, gymnastics and baseball coach. Coach Manere was there once again offering his help and guidance to this 1st year coach. His assistance as a mentor was so appreciated and important to me. I spent time with Coach, his wife Fran and their boys often in their Weston home, they all were so welcoming.
    I send my condolences to Fran, the boys and the entire family. I send my heartfelt thanks to Coach Manere for All he did for me.

  12. And let’s not forget Sports Jamboree, a summer camp that Coach Manere set up and ran that was the highlight of my summers. We played every sport: soccer, gym hockey, badminton…so much fun. He was a wonderful, supportive, encouraging man.