John Michael Manzo, 55, of Monongah, passed away on Monday (Jan. 1, 2018) and reunited with his dad (his best friend), the late Duke Manzo.
He was born on May 25, 1962 in Marion County, son of Dolores Shenal Manzo, of Monongah and the late John "Duke" Manzo.
In addition to his mother he is survived by a daughter, Cecilia Lodge, and her family: his son-in-law, Justin, and granddaughter, Lauren, of Fairmont; and a son, Tony Manzo and his fiancée, Kayla Francis, of Fairmont.
He was a man of many written words, and in true "John" fashion, he left behind a documented life story. We feel it is best to let some of his words tell his story.
"I grew up in an Italian family; we had large gardens and a grape arbor, and my father made wine. My grandmother lived with us until my late teens. I joke by saying that I was 12 before I even knew we had a kitchen table because it was always covered in flour because my grandmother made all of her pasta from scratch. I had a great childhood.
"Anyway, I got married young, had a couple of kids, and did all the things a responsible man is supposed to do for his family. I made a good living I worked for Consol Energy in Morgantown for 11 years and then got a job with the FBI when they built the facility in Bridgeport. The first 13 years there were incredible."
John's proudest accomplishment from his professional career, displayed through an abundance of photographs and memorabilia in his home, was his travel to countless states and foreign countries. Whenever possible, he made sure to include his family in the experiences, and for that, we have memories to hang on to for a lifetime.
"Most recently, though, life for me now is more about doing something meaningful, and not so much about chasing the almighty dollar. One day out of the blue I walked into a church that I had passed thousands of times before and that day my life changed forever. I'll just say that once I started living my life according to God's plan, God's will, and God's timeline (not my own), I've discovered an inner peace that's indescribable.
"So here I am, loving life for the most part, still with issues of course, but knowing that someway/somehow God will take care of me. Life is what it is, God doesn't promise us happiness, He promises us eternal life so that's what I try to focus on."
On top of his pride for his family, John loved riding his Harley, rooting against the Pittsburgh Steelers, quoting Seinfeld, spending time at camp with his buddies and listening to music.
"My pastor always says our lives are streams flowing into the same river towards whatever heaven lies in the mist beyond the falls. Close your eyes and let the waters take you home."
Honoring his request, John will be cremated and a private gathering will be held with his children.
Donations in John's memory can be made to Samaritan's Purse, as the short time he spent serving on missions with them is where he said he felt his true purpose in life.
Arrangements are under the care of Ross Funeral Home 801 Fairmont Avenue Fairmont.
Condolences may be sent to www.rossfh.com.
Published on January 3, 2018