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Gerard Manley

Gerard P. "Jerry" Manley

September 4, 1961 - March 31, 2020
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Gerard Paul Manley, "Jerry", 58, a resident of Huntingtown, MD for eighteen years and previously of Bowie and Cheverly, MD, died on Tuesday, March 31 in Prince Frederick, MD. Born on September 4, 1961 in Washington, DC to the late Harry and Laurie Manley, Jerry was a graduate of the University of Maryland. He retired as a Sergeant from the P.G. County Police Department where he served for 33 years. Jerry was a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church, the Mickey Steele Foundation, the Special Olympics Polar Bear Plunge and Children's National Medical Center Foundations. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, father-in-law, granddad, brother, son, and friend. Jerry had the most generous heart, always looking out for others and helping everyone in any and every way! He had an infectious sense of humor, always making everyone smile. His love of sports, golf, the beach, and of course Bud Lite, made for many, many, many beautiful memories with friends and family that will always be treasured. Loving his family beyond measure, he was their rock, their everything and he will be missed in an unimaginable way. Jerry is survived by his wife of 33 years, Valerie Sue Manley; his children, Ryan P. (Gladys) and Taylor M. (Hailey) Manley both of Los Angeles, CA, Brittany (Thomas) O'Brien of Waterford, Ireland, Alissa (Trey) Manley of Huntingtown, MD and Krystyn Mitchell of Long Beach, CA and his siblings, Bill, Michael and Harry Manley, Mary McCarthy and Theresa Carruthers. Due to the corona virus situation funeral services will be postponed to a safer time. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Special Olympics of MD, ATTN: Upper Shore Program, 3701 Commerce Dr., #103, Baltimore, MD 21227.

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Michelle Manley

Posted at 09:17pm
Dearest Val and Family,
I am so devastated by the loss of Jerry to this terrible virus. It has taken me this long to find the words, as it is so hard to accept. Please know that my thoughts and prayers have been with you each and every day. Jerry was truly "One of a Kind".....so Full of Life and Positive Energy. I so enjoyed over the years our occasional email exchanges razzing each other about "The Battle of the Beltway" between my beloved Ravens and his Redskins. (And yes, Dear Jerry....you do have more Lombardi trophies than me!) Jerry had such a "natural gifting" of making you feel so good about yourself. He got that from his mom and dad. It was a gift they both possessed. Jerry could make each one of us feel like we were his "favorite" cousin, knowing full well he made all of us feel that way, but for the time you are with him, it was just a "feel good feeling." I always loved watching Jerry give my late father (Jerry's Uncle Bill) and my mother (Jerry's Aunt Nikki) a "Big Time." Just so much fun to watch the interaction and he is forever in my heart for making my parents feel good. My dad would always leave parties/weddings, etc. saying, " That Jerry Manley is a good lookin' healthy boy...All American." Then he would say, "He was making fun of my shoes again! What's up with the cowboy boots!" Jerry was always a gentleman at family functions, too. If he saw me standing with an empty glass, he would always ask, Michelle, what are you drinking and make the journey to the bar for me. I feel like I am learning so much about my cousin...all of these MANY tributes to Jerry have been INCREDIBLE to watch on TV and to read. What a good, good man....Jerry's work here on Earth was clearly not finished. Just gone far too soon, but FOREVER in our hearts. He will be missed dearly and deeply by all of us. I am choosing to sign off as "Your Favorite Cuzz" as I just want to feel that "feel good feeling" a little while longer....
Rest in Peace Dear Jerry.....
With Love,
Your Favorite Cuzzzzzz,
Michelle Manley
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Brian Gilmore

Posted at 11:51pm
Jerry and I were part of the Carroll class of 1979. Had fun times with him during those care free years of high school. I haven't seen him in more than 35 years I would say. Sorry to see this, as I am sure, he had some life left in him. He was the funniest guy in high school, loved to joke around. I did too so we hit it off great. Condolences to all of his family and friends. Peace and Blessings.
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Skip Davis

Posted at 03:20pm
Val and family-I will miss Jerry so much and the wonderful times we had at sporting events and charitable functions.And especially the Happy Hour before them with you Val and so many friends! When those events come back it just won't be the same without Jerry and his enthusiasm. Every time I go into my basement and look at any framed jersey I bought at charitable auctions I will always think of Jerry and what he meant to those in need. Rest in peace my dear friend.
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Dennis OBrien

Posted at 11:34am
He came to my rescue when a rabid Penn State fan was about to spray me with his can of mace (because our football landed in the middle of his tailgate party) ! Always eager to help me enhance the parties I emceed and DJ’d ...bought me a record “Fantastic Voyage” by a group called Lakeside and it became a favorite of all the kids in College Park that year. Jerry was a great dancer too...rare white guy with actual rhythm . While golfing the 18th hole at University of Maryland one day we thought we’d attempt to ride the golf cart under University Blvd to visit some friends on campus...the cart didn’t quite make it up the other side but it was a valiant effort that underscores Jerry’s constant desire to be social ! There was also a “performance“ during a homecoming parade in College Park that I don’t have words to describe here...landed a group of us on the front page of the Diamondback newspaper that week.

My years at the University of Maryland would have been dull without Jerry Manley. He was the life of every party and gathering of friends!
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Georgia Petrakis

Posted at 09:41am
Jerry always has a big smile on his face and always had a big bear hug when I would see him!
He will be missed immensely!!! Heaven got an awesome angel!❤️
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