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25 Broad Street
Hamilton, NY 13346
Phone: 315-824-2417
Fax: 315-825-3526
Leigh Manley

Leigh A. Manley

November 1, 1938 - June 20, 2020
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Obituary

Leigh A. Manley, 81, of Jantzen Rd., Earlville, NY passed away Saturday, June 20, 2020 at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Utica.
He was born November 1, 1938 in Norwich, a son of Laurence E. and Helen Keller Manley and was a graduate of Sherburne High School. He was a dairy farmer, had also owned the Earlville bowling alley for a short time and scored the first 300 game there. On October 4, 1974, Leigh married Sue Cook in Earlville, Leigh was a member of 4-H in his youth, showing jersey cows. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing.
The real story..Leigh was a gentle giant, with a great smile and quiet, strong way about him. A compassionate man who loved his wife, his children, grandchildren and his cows! A stand-out high school athlete, his love of sports- especially basketball continued through his lifetime. He traveled for his bowling then with kids for wrestling matches, basketball games, grandkids soccer, softball, hauling a show calf to a fair or horses to a show. In the winter you would find him on a snowmobile, usually leading the whole family for a ride! An avid outdoorsman, Leigh loved to hunt - especially whitetail deer and, when he could get away, elk and mule deer. Best of all, Leigh enjoyed sharing his time in the field with his children and a couple close friends. Leigh was a self-made farmer, starting out with a jersey calf in his parents’ barn, his first farm on Granville Hill in Sherburne and then over 40 years with his registered Holstein herd on the current farm in Earlville. Leigh was always happy to be in a field in the tractor and always had time for a neighbor if they needed a hand or just a few minutes to visit. A family man, Leigh built a farm and a place that was home to so many.
Surviving are his wife of over 45 years, Sue; his children and grandchildren, Mike (Diane Irwin) Manley of Penn Yann( Leigh, Ian and Zachery Manley); Jeff (Gwen) Manley of Hamilton (Danielle Yurko, Ashley Randazzo, Karch Manley); Jodi (Barry) McNamara of Macedon, NY (Dillon and Darby McNamara); Darcy (Ron Acee) Nolan of Vernon Center (Hayden Nolan); Joelyn Manley of Earlville; and eight great-grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews, friends who were all part of his loving family. Always by his side, his dog, Tucker who sat with him rode with him, followed him. Leigh was predeceased by his brother, Laurence.
In keeping with Leigh’s wishes there are no services or calling hours.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Earlville Fire Department, PO Box 37, Earlville, NY 13332.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 3 Preston St., Earlville, NY.
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Hayden Nolan

Posted at 09:06pm
My grandfather,

If you ever had the chance to meet my grandpa I can guarantee he made you laugh. He almost certainly sat with you in the kitchen offered you something to eat or drink and cracked a joke, probably an inappropriate one, followed by stories about hunting, playing sports, his kids, farming or growing up. He could take you to where you needed to go 10 different ways and had a story for each back road you went down. Not everything was always easy for him but he’d never tell you otherwise. In 23 years I never heard anything mean or spiteful come out of his mouth. He saw the good in everybody and was always willing to lend a hand whenever anyone needed. He was the definition of selfless. He worked hard and loved always, something he’s passed along to his kids and grandkids. He was the foundation of our family. He loved my grandma endlessly and showed me what it meant to love and be loved by someone. He taught me, and many others, how to shoot a gun, how to put a worm on a hook, how to drive, how to always work hard, how to forgive and most importantly, how to love- I’m pretty sure his giant hands were a representation of the size of his heart. He loved his friends, family and even his animals in a way that every man or woman should strive to. He was easily the greatest man, husband and father there ever was. I am so lucky to have had somebody to look up to like him. He was my biggest fan, and I was his. Thinking of all the days I got to spend with him, learning from him, all I can feel is a fullness in my heart I’m sure many people are never lucky enough to know. I feel selfish saying I wasn’t ready to lose him- but then again I can say that I could never be ready to lose him. He will forever be my person. I am and always will be eager and unbelievably proud to say, “Leigh Manley is my grandfather.”






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Fondly Kevin and Amy

Posted at 11:41am
Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time
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Posted at 09:39am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Many fond memories , laughs and friendship around the lanes. God speed with love!, Bruce and Donna Stratton
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Larry Briggs

Posted at 07:26am
Sue & family,
Sorry to hear of Leigh’s passing. Please accept our condolences. Each time I would pass your farm, on Janzten Rd., I was always so impressed on how beautifully it was kept. He was always a good steward of his property and profession. Always a pleasure to talk with Leigh, whether up on “the hill” during hunting season, down at High Score Lanes or any other time.
Again, please accept our sympathy. Larry Briggs
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Howard and Susie Boise

Posted at 09:16pm
Howard and I would like to convey our deepest sympathy to Sue and family.
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