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.
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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