Donald Manning

Obituary of Donald Ian Manning

It is with heavy hearts that the family of the late Donald Ian Manning announce his passing on Monday, February 19, 2024, at Saint John Regional Hospital. Born in Kentville, NS. on May 13, 1956, he was a son of late Gordon and Ina (Nicholson) Manning.


Don will live on in the hearts of his wife, Brenda; His sons: William Manning (Crystal) of Deer Lake, NL, Bradley Tompkins (Sara) of Sudbury, ON, and Jamie Tapley (Mindy) of Hartland, NB; His grandchildren: Conner Platzke, Austin Platzke, Malcolm Tapley, Chloe Tapley, Oaklee Tapley, Camden Tompkins, and Braxden Tompkins; His brother, Gordie Manning (Joanne) of Coldbrook, NS; His sister Donna Jodrie (Reg) of Kentville, NS, His brothers and sisters-in-law: Barbara Sarginson (Ted) of Oshawa, ON, Chuck Tompkins (Marjorie) of Woodstock, NB, Tina Lewis (Don) of Oshawa, ON, Olli Schulze of Hartland, NB, Terri McCarron (Cliff) of Oshawa, ON, Sheila Henesey (Doug) of Oshawa, ON, Lynda Buckingham (Lorne) of BC, Cathie Tompkins of Oshawa, ON, Joe Tompkins of BC, and Darcy Tompkins (Debbie) of Oshawa, ON. Don is also survived by several nieces and nephews.


Besides his parents, Don is predeceased by sisters-in-law, Nancy Schulze and Lorraine Tompkins.


Don was a compassionate man that radiated humour through sarcasm, even in his final days. He grew up in Kentville, NS. with his siblings, Gordie and Donna who branded him with the nickname of Cowboy.  He spoke proudly and fondly of his 31 years of service he dedicated to the R.C.M.P. In the year following his retirement he took up work at Walmart in Sussex. While he really enjoyed the company of his coworkers, it was there that he met his love and future wife, Brenda. The two of them would live a life of traveling, making many memories together,  and the laughter that they brought to each other would be like no other. Don’s greatest accomplishment in his life was his role in raising his son, William. His highlight was their father/son trip to Dallas, TX in 2013, where they watched their favourite football teams play against each other. In 2009 he was honoured to personally present his son with his badge at his graduation from the R.C.M.P academy and proudly watched his son follow in his footsteps. Don’s laugh, smile, jokes, calming spirit, and love of family and friends will be deeply missed.


Special thanks to Dr. O’Neill of Sussex, NB, and Dr. Chris King of Kentville, NS. As well as Extra Mural nurse, Rachel and dietitian, Katrina.


Arrangements have been entrusted to Wallace Funeral Home, 34 Sunnsyside Drive, Sussex, NB (506-433-1176). All arrangements will be held privately.


Donations in memory of Don may be made to Kings S.P.C.A in Waterville, NS. or S.O.S. Strays of Sussex, NB. Personal Condolences to the family and donations may be made through

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