The following was written by Jon Phelps, a member of the Easton Lions Club:
A loss for the lions and the community.
40+ years a lion, Melvin Jones Fellow, Ancient and Honorable Society Member, community patron for education and the arts, the list goes on.
Manny Fernandes was one of the two charter member of Ike Boone's Ancient and Honorable Society along with Duke Duhamel. They were both voted into the society the first year that it was established after Ike passed away although it took a while to give Manny his award due to health and mobility concerns. That is how respected and valued he was by the organization.
This is a big loss to the Lions and to Easton. Manny (and his family following his example) have given generously of time, talent and treasure over the years. Two examples are leadership in establishing, building and maintaining F.E.E.E. (Ken has been instrumental in that group) and generous donations to the music department at the schools of time, money and materials which continue today even though two family generations have already graduated.
There could not be a better example of community service than Manny Fernandes.
I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing.
Manny passed peacefully on Wednesday January 18th at age 99. A longtime member of over 40 years, this valued Lion will be sorely missed.
Calling hours are Sunday, January 22, 2012 at the , 605 Washington St (Route 138), Easton, MA from 4:30-8:30 pm.
The wake will be at the Kane Funeral Home, 605 Washington Street South Easton On Sunday from 4:30 to 8:30. The funeral will be on Monday, starting at the Kane Funeral Home at 9 A.M. and then a Funeral Mass at at 10 A.M., where he was a founding member. Holy Cross Church is located at 225 Purchase St, Easton, 02375. To view his rememberance page, click here.