Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A former Broome County Executive who also served two Governor's was laid to rest Monday. Mourners packed Saint Anthony of Padua in Endicott.
A long time public servant, Don McManus placed service to his family and God ahead of politics.
A life long member of Saint Anthony of Padua church, he also served as a trustee.
"Besides being a trustee he was a rock of our church, he really was," said Palma Longo, a Saint Anthony of Padua trustee.
McManus was a craftsman in his spare time, he loved to build with wood. He built the church altar himself.
"It was beyond building. I guess he built faith in many ways. He was just a wonderful example of a good Christian," said Longo.
Don met his wife and high school sweetheart when he was 15 and was always quick to point out that Kathleen asked him out first.
"I was always so taken with how close the family was and what a wonderful marriage Don and Kathleen had," said relative Laura Boteler.
As the patriarch of the McManus family passes on, the family will be left with the memories and life lessons Don left behind.
"It was his clan. He loved to be able to sit down and just watch the whole family gathering. It was something that meant a great deal to him. His family was a big part of his life," said relative Jerry Butchko.
McManus' passing leaves a proud legacy in his family, church and community that will never be forgotten.