Michael Thomas Manning
May 18, 1952 – Oct. 6, 2022
Michael Thomas Manning was a kind and generous man who made a big impact in the world. He will be remembered for always having faith in people to do the right thing and for doing his part to make the world a kinder and more compassionate place.
Mike grew up in a large family of nine children in suburban Philadelphia before moving to suburban St. Louis in 1966. He met his wife, Margie, in St. Louis where they married in 1973 and had two daughters, Samantha and Rebecca.
Mike worked for Credit Systems Inc. and MasterCard International in St. Louis. While working at MasterCard, he earned his bachelor’s degree in business from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo. Mike and Margie moved to St. Petersburg, Florida in 2003 to pursue his lifelong dream of entrepreneurship. Mike owned Candy Kitchen in Treasure Island, Florida where he proudly displayed his award for “Best Ice Cream on the Beach.” He worked briefly at the St. Petersburg Times and at Ceridian before taking on his most fulfilling business venture, Manning and Manning Enterprises, a vending company that serviced clients throughout the Tampa Bay area.
As a businessman and entrepreneur, Mike hired people who deserved second chances. He believed in giving customers his all. He was honest and fair with everyone. He found humor and could make people smile even in difficult times.
As a husband and father, Mike infused his family with love and joy. He was devoted to his daughters and his face lit up whenever he was with them. He showed by example how to lead an ethical life while also not being afraid to take risks and have a great time. He loved golf, baseball, spending time with his many pets and occasionally smoking a good cigar.
He successfully battled multiple myeloma for eight years but passed away just two weeks after he was diagnosed with liver cancer.
Mike is survived by his wife, Margery (Millner) Manning; his daughters, Samantha Manning and Rebecca (Ethan) Dorsey; his sister, Carolyn Manning; his brothers, Brian (Chunhui) Manning, Dennis (Susan) Manning, Jim (Andrea) Manning and Dan Manning; many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, Jack and Gwen Manning; and by three brothers, John Manning, Mark (Carol) Manning and Reed Manning.
A celebration of life is planned at Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice.