Stephen W. Manning

Date of Passing:

July 23, 2023

Stephen “Steve” Manning of Riverside, Rhode Island passed away July 23, 2023 at age 61 in the company of his family and closest friends. Born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island on March 18, 1962, he was the son of the late William A. Manning and Alice (Tetreault) Manning. Stephen was a 1980 graduate of Barrington High School. He was a Rhode Island and All New England swimming champion and competed in the national high school championships as a ranked swimmer. He attended Springfield College and Johnson & Wales University.

Steve was beloved for his kindness, his sense of humor, and his enduring strength. His brave battle with illness lasted most of his adult life. His courage will always be a source of inspiration to those who knew him.

Steve is survived by his sister Karen Manning (Daniel Uhlrich) of Madison, WI, his sister Laurie Manning (Ivan Quijano) of Oakland, CA, his sister Lucy Canavan (John Canavan) of Marshfield, MA, beloved aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, and lifelong friend Jessica Papazian-Ross of Smithfield, RI.

Private services will be held in the fall.

Donations in Stephen’s memory can be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society ( or the National Alliance on Mental Illness/NAMI (

Online Condolences


  1. Rest in peace Steve, you were a good classmate and a stand up guy.

  2. Steve… you had a heart of gold… so very saddened to here this news. Love and prayers to all are hurting.

  3. So sorry to read of his death, my control his family. His photo is exactly how I remember him. God bless

  4. My deepest sympathy to all. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. 🙏🏻

  5. So very sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. Despite not seeing him since graduating 40+ years ago I remember him as a kind soul. May he rest eternal since he is now healed in completeness. 🙏🏻🧡

  6. Rest in peace. I remember Steve as good guy growing up. So sad to hear of his passing.

  7. It has been many years since I have seen Steve, but his picture is exactly how I remember him when we last met. I also remember that he was a great swimmer and competitor. Condolences to all of his family and friends.

  8. Sad news about an old friend.
    GOD BLESS you Steve!

  9. God Bless Steve’s soul. A kind person to all. I am saddened to hear of his passing. I send my deepest sympathies and condolences to the family.

  10. My best buddy for over 50 years will forever be missed. A kinder soul could not be found. Steve’s sense of humor, abundant talent and recall of events were his trademarks. Side by side through a lifetime of memories.
    So grateful for our friendship.
    My deepest sympathy to Karen, Laurie & Lucy.

  11. I am so very sorry for your loss. I swam with Steve for years… he was a great athlete and friend that will be sorely missed. RIP Steve

  12. TO the Family my sincere sorrows my prayers are with you

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