Former Broome County Executive's Wake Draws Hundreds

By Adam Chick

Former Broome County Executive's Wake Draws Hundreds

November 25, 2012 Updated Nov 26, 2012 at 5:40 AM EDT

Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The first Democratic Broome County Executive died on Tuesday at the age of 79.

Calling hours for Don McManus were held in his lifelong home of Endicott.

There's no doubt that McManus will be remember as an extremely important political figure in Broome County's history.

But his family and friends will tell you not about his political career, which included stints as the town of Union Supervisor and acting New York Secretary of State, but of the kind of man he was, dedicated first and foremost to his family, friends, and church.

Hundreds of people showed up to pay their respects.

McManus was a beloved member of the community, especially at his church, St. Anthony's of Padua, where he was a trustee.

"It's a big loss for our community. He's been around for a long time. He's got many kids, children right now. I think he has six children. But you can see the turnout today, what he meant to the community. And he still does, not only in the political world but the north side of Endicott, the south side of Endicott. So we're going to miss him," said David Petrolle, a lifelong friend.

The flag flew at half staff at the funeral home today in honor of McManus, he was a veteran of the United States Army.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen, six children, and 14 grandchildren.